New things, old; Both foretold.
“Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old” (Mt 13:52).
In consideration of the viability of the Ten Commandments today, they remain a valuable instrument according to their original purpose, but only when considered through the New Covenant. Aside from accepting Jesus as Christ, instruction on the old law is but an empty shadow. Through the theological lens of the kingdom of heaven, all of recorded Scripture sparkles with the riches of eternity.
The original purpose of the law was to reveal sin. The kingdom of heaven professes the righteousness from above. Together the message we considered through our Wineskins study is about the hope of glory, the redemption of grace.
A skilled teacher of grace draws upon his storehouse from all of Scripture to convey the treasures of truth. He does not present them under the confines of obsolete codes; he does not co-mingle them as common ingredients; he refrains from offering them as co-equals speaking the same message. Rather he presents them in a manner consistent with his own standing before God–one covered by the blood of Christ.
The Word became flesh and paid the penalty for what the 10 Commandments convicted. His blood covering alone enables believers to stand righteous and alive before a Holy God.
In a similar way, the blood of the Word forever covers our understanding of the written word. Scripture can no longer be rightly understood apart from viewing it through the Cross. This in no way dismisses the old, instead it re-applies it according to the new revelation.
This is the reason Jesus rebuked the religious elite in spite of their diligent study of Scripture, because it did not lead them to him. And, without Christ, not even the former word could give life.
In the old, God foretold the new. Through the new, God enlivens the old. New things, old; Both foretold.
How have you recognized the old law changed by the Cross?