Scriptural for New Covenant Believers?
Under the Law or Led
by the Spirit
From The Law
To The Covenant of Grace
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We find that many
precepts from the Law of Moses were brought forward to the New
Testament and restated in a
slightly different way. For example, the issues of divorce
being allowed by Moses due to the hardness of the hearts, yet
amongst those who belong to Christ, it is not to be found. Jesus said what God has joined together as one
flesh, no one is to cause to separate. That included those
within the marriage. He addressed adultery and changed the
concept to include that even looking on a woman with lust was
committing adultery. While adultery under the law resulted
in being stoned, adultery and fornication were forbidden
to be found amongst the saints. Christians are to exude
love, tenderness, forgiving one another, preferring others
over ourselves. Husbands are to love their wives as they do
themselves, and wives submit to their husbands, and they are
to live together as joint heirs in Christ. To hate someone was akin
to murdering according to Christ.
Instead of stoning rebellious children, they
are told to obey and honor their father and mother, while parents
are called to raise their children in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord. Rebellion is given an opportunity
for repentance and forgiveness as demonstrated in the story
of the prodigal son. Fathers are told to not provoke
their children to wrath, and all are given opportunity to
know Christ. In fact, it is with the faith of a child we are
to come to Christ, and our children must be viewed as
potential brothers and sisters in the Lord.
A further example of
the Laws being brought forward, revealed this.
Circumcision: Leviticus 12:3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Paul taught that believers need not be circumcised to be acceptable, but the Jews could according to the custom:
1 Corinthians 7 :18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in
uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Paul circumcised Timothy, "because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek."
And his mother was a Jewess.
In all the Laws
and precepts discussed in the New Testament, not once is the mention
of the required tithe brought forward, but rather, the concept of giving fully from
the heart, caring for the brethren and giving to the poor. From the Old Testament it was called freewill
offerings. In the total of passages found in the New
Testament with the word tithe, there is no command or
request or requirement to tithe, after Christ was
crucified because the priesthood changed and the commanded
tithe for the Levites care was not applicable to them.
Tithes (dekatoo) is found
Hebrews 7:6 and 7:9
Tithe (apodekatoo) is found
Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, Luke 18:12, Hebrews 7:5
From the Hebrew Scriptures
or TaNaKh [Old Testament] on tithing:
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak
unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the
children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from
them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave
offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the
Nehemiah 10:37 And that
we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our
offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine
and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house
of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites,
that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the
cities of our tillage.
Proverbs 3:9 Honour the
LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all
thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses
shall burst out with new wine.
From Strong's Hebrew> Firstfruits> 07225. tyvar re'shiyth,
ray-sheeth' from the same as 7218; the first, in place, time, order or
rank (specifically, a firstfruit):--beginning, chief(-est),
first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing.
Compared to what Paul
and James taught.
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
James 1:18 Of his own will
begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind
of firstfruits of his creatures.
Strong's Greek> Firstfruits>
536. aparch aparche, ap-ar-khay' >from a compound of 575 and
756; a beginning of sacrifice, i.e. the (Jewish) first-fruit
The only time Jesus referenced
tithing was to rebuke the religious leaders. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus
rebuked the Pharisees and said, “Woe unto you scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the
weightier matters of the law, Justice and mercy, and faith:
but these you ought to have done and not to
have left the other undone”
Tithing was still practiced
because the people were under the Law, until Jesus was
crucified and rose from the dead, having been the perfect
sacrifice, once for all. Jesus stated that the
Pharisees paid the tithe, yet they
had omitted and forgotten the most important aspects of the
Law. That is, having mercy, justice, faith, and living
for God, which meant loving Him and others. 'Loving your
neighbor as yourself.' God could not and
cannot be bought. He goes by the intent of the heart,
regardless how religious a person believes themselves to be.
Jesus summed up the heart of the Mosaic Law in the following
Matthew 22:36 Master, which is
the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the
first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like
unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Concerning the law Paul wrote:
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou
shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if
there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended
in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Jesus clearly said
that the tithe was of the law. Paul also said tithing was of
the commandments of the law, in Hebrews 7:5 " And verily they that are of the
sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have
a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the
law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the
loins of Abraham:"
In Acts 15
the Apostle Peter dealt with the issue of the requirement to
keep the Law as Jewish believers and those who were
demanding the Gentiles needed to keep the Law of Moses. He
referred to trying to keep the Law as Jews, as a 'yoke' on
their necks, "Now
therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of
the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to
Acts 15:4 And when they
were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church,
and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things
that God had done with them. 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees
which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise
them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider
of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and
said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good
while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my
mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness,
giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their
hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the
neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were
able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Apostles, after seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit,
stated that the Law of Moses was not to be kept by believers, as we are
saved by grace, not of works. And the Law was rooted in
works. It did not mean that a lesser standard of holiness
was needed, but it would come through obedience to Christ,
and not the Law of Moses, which was restated in many ways,
because of God's mercy and grace. The Apostle Paul wrote,
by inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Romans 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law
dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is
blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is
written. 25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou
keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy
circumcision is made uncircumcision.
In other words, as the Apostle James reiterated
in the New Testament regarding the Law, in James 2:10 "For
whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all."
many claim to adhere to the "613"commandments, the reality
is that even an orthodox Jew living in Israel can attempt to
only keep a percentage of them. Yet it was commanded by God
that all laws were to be kept, if one was to live to the
Laws of Moses. God provided the promised New Covenant
because it was not dependent on man's ability or inability,
but rather was dependent fully on God Himself and His
Promises which can never be broken.
As stated previously, the Apostle Paul
noted that God's
promise to Abraham and his seed was not made conditional
with the keeping of the law, but rather the fulfillment of
the promises was dependent on the coming Mediator and New
Covenant, and rooted in faith, as demonstrated by Abraham.
3:18 For if the inheritance
be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it
to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of
transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the
promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the
hand of a mediator. ....23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law,
shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be
revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to
bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a
schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ
4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to
be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one
by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was
of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the
freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory:
for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount
Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth
to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her
children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which
is the mother of us all...31 So then, brethren, we are not
children of the bondwoman, but of the free. 5:1 Stand
fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made
us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke
of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye
be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I
testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is
a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no
effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the
law; ye are fallen from grace.
noting of the yoke and burden of the Law by the apostles, is
in sharp contrast to what Jesus our Lord said about what He
Matthew 11:28 Come unto
me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest
unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is
Christian perspective, those
who choose to submit to even part of the Law of Moses, such
as the tithe, are obligated to keep it all, according to the
very Word of God which those same people requiring the tithe
are claiming to adhere to. The keeping of the law is not of
faith, and we are to walk by faith.
Galatians 3:7 Know ye
therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that
God would justify the heathen through faith, preached
before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all
nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are
blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of
the works of the law are under the curse:
for it is written,
Cursed is every one that continueth not in all
things which are written in the book of the law to do
11 But that no man is
justified by the law in the sight of God,
it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth
them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse
for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
hangeth on a tree:
Note again, Galatians 3:10 For as
many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for
it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in
all things which are written in the book of the law to do
Deut. 27:26; Jeremiah 11:3]
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God,
it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that
doeth them shall live in them."
And Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a
man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus
Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ,
and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law
shall no flesh be justified.
[Hab 2:4; Ro 1:17; Heb 10:38]
Attempting to keep and be justified
by the Law of Moses
overturns what Christ did. The Apostle Paul continues in
Galatians 5:4 and states that attempting to live by and
thereby be justified by the Law
of Moses resulted in this: “Christ is become of no effect
unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are
fallen from grace.”
And that justification includes
those who feel that the tithing Law applies to them and
others, and that a person's spiritual condition is based on
giving that tithe.
Part 5: Keeping
the Words of Christ And Giving for The Love of
Is It Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? Introduction
Tithing Part 1: The
Purpose of the Tithe and The Priesthood
Tithing Part 2: The
Prophesied New Covenant
Tithing Part 3:
Changes to the Covenant Through Christ
Tithing Part 4: From The Law
To The Covenant of Grace
Part 5: Keeping
the Words of Christ And Giving for The Love of
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