Jesus in the Gospels (8)

What did God do with the witness against us?

God commanded Moses concerning the Law, “‘ Take this book of the Law and place it besides the arc of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.”‘ Deuteronomy 31:26, NIV. Therefore, the Law which Moses passed on to the people was a constant reminder that they are a rebellious people, unable, and unwilling to obey God’s Covenant of Love. God’s covenant with his people was His covenant of love. 1 Kings 8:23. However, God, because He loved the rebellious humankind, determined to accomplish what He only could do to restore to Him the rebellious sinners as His children. God resolved that the sinful spirit, life, of the humankind would die forever, as the Law demands. He also determined to, in exchange, He will give humanity a perfect and eternal life of Jesus Christ. Through this act of selfless love, God made humankind a new creation in Jesus Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV.

Accordingly, God united Himself, in flesh and blood, with the rebellious humankind, to remove from them the sin which separated them from Him. God accomplished it on the cross at Golgotha, in the body of Jesus Christ. God placed into the body of Jesus the sinful life of humankind and its inclination to sin. Isaiah 53:6. By abandoning, or forsaking Jesus, God destroyed the sinful life of humanity forever. God, through the body of Jesus Christ, removed from the humankind the condemnation by the Law and destroyed the witness against us forever.

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:13 – 15, NIV. Therefore, if we remain in Jesus Christ, as He commanded, John 15:4, no power in heaven or on earth could condemn us and be a witness against us again. However, our new standing, in Jesus Christ, should be experienced to the glory of Him who forgave us all our sins and freed us from the condemnation by the Law.

The new standing in Jesus Christ is ours here and now by trusting Jesus and obeying the universal Law of selfless love.

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Dan Lazich

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