Christianity is not a new kind of Judaism


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Mark 2:18-28; 1 Cor. 6:1-11; Ps. 78:1-39; Josh.
15-17.

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Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

There are two profoundly important ideas in Mark 2:21-22. Ones we might gloss
over quickly, but which bring out the wonder and glory of this Gospel and the
work of Christ Jesus our precious Lord. First we need to see that what Christ
Jesus came to do, was not to fix a system gone bad. “21 No one sews a piece
of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it,
the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.” In other words, He was not out
to reform Judaism. Many today err greatly in trying to go back and recover Judaism
as though it just needs Christ “sewn” into its fabric and all will be well.
Not so. The old Judaic system was a system of types and shadows. It was
instituted by God, but was meant all along to be temporary – until the Savior
would come and fulfill all it pointed to. We do not go back under the types and
shadows after the “real” has come anymore than we content ourselves only with
pictures of a loved one after we’ve married them. Jesus was coming to fulfill,
and then to build anew! Heb. 9:24 “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made
with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to
appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” Note secondly, that He did not
come just to put something new into old men – like a new point of view or simply
to bring some new truth. No! His goal was in fact to make NEW MEN. “22 And no
one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the
skins––and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh
wineskins.” Christianity is not some new take on old matters, but is a Gospel
of true, supernatural transformation. Where God makes men “new creatures” in
Christ Jesus. Men recreated to live His life in this present day, and in the age to
come. O glorious Gospel, that does not leave us as we are, but makes us children
of the Living God.”

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