I know our world is all about choices. A long time ago someone told me that it is really hard to get people to make choices. Ie. A McDonald’s menu. How long should it take? There aren’t that many really. But the more choices you give someone about a “hamburger”, the longer it will take for someone to decide. Think about it a minute, which is quicker for people to make a decision, a person that is told what they are eating, or the person that can choose between just two items? Also, the person that will complain the most is the one that had two items to choose between.
Life is the same way, along with Bibles, religion, God, faith, baptism, church, etc. The Bible says there is only “ONE”, Ephesians 4:1-5. That leaves no choice. Does it? Then why do people think You and I have a choice in these areas? Allow me to give a Biblical example:
Matthew 17:1-13 tells us about the “mount of transfiguration”. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the apostles, were with the Lord on a high mountain part. Peter asked about building 3 tabernacles to honor 3 very godly men, leaders within the religious world. These were: Moses, the Lawgiver, Elijah, one of the great prophets, which was taken from man in a flaming chariot, and DID NOT DIE!, and, lastly Jesus, who currently was giving law, His law, while explaining the old law of Moses they were under.
No one would deny these men as great men, leaders in their history and ours. Notice here though, the question was asked of Christ, and perhaps Christ would and could have “tooted Hiw own horn”, but NOooo. God the Father spoke from Heaven answering the question. It was as if, Peter was asking these are great men, who should we be following? God the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, Hear Ye Him!”. Here again, the point was God had taken away the choice option. Each of the aforementioned had their time, and God sent and sanctioned them with their works! But His Son, the Son of God, was the LAST leader for men, His covenant would be forever and ever. Jeremiah 31:31ff speaks of this new covenant and the difference between the new and the old. The new covenant was based upon the fundamental principles of the old covenant/law. One of which was that men knew, believed in God, and believed God’s laws and did so by obeying those law’s. They understood the burden they were under of sin, and sought relief, freedom from that sin. The Old law had no ability to give that, and the new law would.
So you would think that when Christ came, the latter days, people would be giving ear for the “Messiah”. And they were, the multitudes gathered, and Christ gave them hope. Christ lived under the old law, but lived above that law, perfecting the law. Doing so, enabled Him to live the perfect life, and death for our sin, and the sin for the whole world, John 3:16ff.
But did this give us an option to choose bits and pieces of the old law, and then apply bits and pieces of the new law to our life, and live such? NO!! Read these passages: Ephesians 2:10-22 and Colossians 2: 5-23. In Colossians, to fall back upon the old law, would be following now the commandments of men, because these are no longer God’s commands. His are to follow Christ’s commandments. So the “Choice” has been made, removing our choice. 2 Timothy 2:1-19 directs us to study and “rightly divide” the scriptures.
Let’s cover of this next week. Visit our website: www.histruth.net , or visit at the Macon Church of Christ, Hwy 63 south on the east side. We’d love to visit and study with you.