I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people (Luke 2:10b)

Parts of the world has just been celebrating the birth of Christ which took place more than 2,000 years ago. But the picture of Christ as Savior bringing justification to the world is in the churches often distorted with another image of Christ and his disciples bringing new laws and confusion about whether the old law of Moses is done away with or not. This is a category error. We read of the Law:

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

There is no difference here to the traffic law. If you are capabable of breaking the speed limit, the traffic law is for you. From this perspective, we can understand why also Paul seems busy making laws to the congregations in his day. The good news is not an overnight change. As long as we are in this “body of death” (Romans 7:24) we are subject to laws. The Bible even outlines that very well known coming judgment of all men, yet another obstacle for man to understand the good news. Of this Paul says:

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

After this the chapter of law and non-reconciliation is finally closed:

1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.”But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

And then the light of the good news wills shine clearly for all.

John 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

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