What’s the Big Deal?

I’ve been blogging a lot about the Biblical stance of sex being intended only for marriage. Many Christians believe this is what the Bible teaches, but don’t see it really as a big deal. Sex outside of marriage is often treated kind of like swearing. “You shouldn’t do it, but it’s really no big deal. It may not be best, but it’s not worth worrying about.” Those that do worry a lot about it are sort of ignored. Some, for sure, are gripped by a prudish fear, worried that any kind of dabbling in the “forbidden fruits” is akin to selling your soul to Satan. Others are bound to a pharisaic legalism, fearing that any slight infraction against God’s laws constitute a forfeiting of one’s salvation. Others take a more simplistic approach: “God said it, that settles it!” Not that there isn’t truth in these perspectives. To some degree, dabbling in sexual promiscuity is satanic, in that it does not champion God’s values or desires, and subjects people to sinful bondages. There is some truth to simply obeying God’s commands because God said so, without questioning why. The truth comes in trusting that God made the rules, laws and restrictions not for any need for Himself. Every law, every regulation He set forth He did so for the expressed benefit of humanity. Every time we do not follow the law or rule, we ultimately hurt ourselves. We hurt God, too, but we hurt Him because He is hurt when He sees us being hurt. Consider the Garden of Eden. God forbade that fruit because it would bring death and misery to us and to all of creation. God did not want us to die, or to suffer under the weight of sin


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Marriage is Good

Recently, I have been officially licensed within the United Methodist Church.  This allows me to fulfill certain duties that I could not before.  One of those duties is presiding over weddings.
 
To be candid, I was perfectly fine existing in a world where I would never have to perform a wedding ceremony.  So often weddings are full of fluff and nervous concern about things that do not really matter.  It’s the “big day”.  Months of preparation and thousands of dollars have been poured into one ceremony.  There is also the drastic rate of fallout.  Divorce is not only commonplace, in some ways it is expected, almost as though it is a life stage everyone goes through.  Statistics on divorce are everywhere and our culture no longer mourns the loss of intact families…it is now an accepted element within the landscape. So, for me, the whole idea of being part of a wedding is tough to swallow.  In my jaded view a wedding ceremony is a pre-divorce hearing. It’s not something in which I want to involve myself.
 
However, I must confess, this is not a Godly take on the situation.  Yes, divorce is too rampant, yes, wedding ceremonies are too inflated, yes, the motives of those involved are not always pure.  But all of the human failures and inconsistencies, all of the bad examples and greedy lawyers do not remove the fact that marriage is good.
 

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We are called out of our comfort zone

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) Moses told these encouraging words to Joshua before sending them across to the promised land. They had been wandering in the desert frustrated, uncertain and scared for 40 years. Then God shows the land they were promised. Joshua had to face this new place without Moses, leading these people on his own. To say he was scared may be an understatement. When we follow God’s plans for our lives it will be stepping out of your comfort zone. Joshua had to step out from the comfort zone of Moses’ leadership and embark on God’s plan alone. Joshua had to lean on God’s strength and power to see them across the Jordan. Moses left Joshua with the exact words he needed, that God would go in front of him; that God would neither fail nor abandon him. The Lord is the same today as He was during the Old Testament times. Knowing that God is going before us in all situations allows us to go confidently into the unknown he is leading us to. When we listen to where God is calling us to be it will be outside of our comfort zone. This makes it so we have to depend on him, so His glory will shine through us. If life was easy, we would have no need to trust God. It is often said “God will not give us what we can’t handle” but, in reality that is exactly what he does. He will never send us on a path that HE cannot handle. It is through our trust in His plan that we can be strong and courageous.

 
Cassi B
Director of Youth Ministries


Holiness: Sexual Purity

I’ve been asked if the New Testament replaces the Old Testament laws and rules about human sexuality. It seems that some people feel that the New Testament allows more freedom of sexual expression than the Old. It is more helpful, I think, to understand that the Bible really doesn’t talk about human sexuality on its own, but instead places it under the larger teaching on purity. Let’s take a look.

First of all, even though Jesus’ death and resurrection replaces the old salvation of animal sacrifice, temple worship, and Jewish kosher laws, Jesus says that the moral teachings of the Old Testament still stand. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Both testaments are one witness, and God’s desire is the same in both. 

Paul takes up the Jews kosher laws directly in Galatians. The Old Covenant/Testament (meaning the system of sacrifices) was given as a way to identify sin, curb it, and serve as a temporary system of atonement for it (look closely at Galatians 3). It was a stop-gap measure until the coming of Christ. Christ comes to be the atoning sacrifice “once and for all,” so the temple and sacrifices are no longer needed. So, Christ fulfills all the cultic laws (laws having to do with the external practice of the Jewish faith, like sacrifices and anything that has to do with the Temple, as well as anything that makes a Jew look and act like a Jew on the outside of the body, such as clothing, food restrictions, and religious observances).

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The Top of the List

                                                                    Life is nothing more than a series of decisions.  We decide what to eat and where we go and what we take along the way.  It’s true, we can’t always determine what hand we are dealt or how the plans of others may conspire to thwart our own, but despite these intrusions, we still get to decide how we react to such events. 

We realize that here are not enough hours in the day to belabor every single decision.  We have ways for streamlining the process, of taking shortcuts.  One of our main strategies is a listing of things we value most.  We call them priorities.

All the decisions that come our way are automatically filtered through this list of priorities.  The way we vote, the way we eat, the way we dress, the state of our homes, the cars we drive and the way we raise our kids.  Our priorities are so powerful that they actually shape our lives and if we are really committed to them, they will eventually define the way we live.   

This next question is natural: What are your priorities?  What lies at the top of your list?  When it comes to your children, what are your priorities for them?  Many people would hope that their kids would be successful, achieve good grades, excel in sports or music.  Amid these hopes and dreams, sitting there at the top of the list, many parents would simply site “happiness” as their top priority.


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Dog Days of Summer

The air is damp and hazy. I go to take my dog for a walk and he is panting by the time we hit the mailbox and if I am honest so am I. The “dog days of summer” are upon us. It is August already. This summer has flown past in a blur of activities and work. Right as summer comes to an end we are hit with a heat wave. As the humidity rises, we watch the animals find respite in cool shadows. Their instinct is to rest through the hot days, yet ours is to still go at full speed. Why do we not take direction from nature?
 
It is a time when we are reminded to rest. God has given nature a way to tell us to stop doing and just rest.
 
“…he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ Mark 6:31
 
Our lives are in constant motion, we rarely take time to pause. But, Jesus calls us to rest. In his own ministry he took time to rest and be in the presence of his Father. 
 
With the hustle of summer, has your Bible reading plan dwindled, has church attendance faltered, or your prayer life seem lacking. Take these days of hazy heat to grab your favorite devotional, your Bible and head out to the hammock. Take the time God has given you to relax and sink into His word.
 
Fall is just around the corner, which means schedule changes. Before you begin a new routine, why not hit the pause button to reflect on your walk with God?
 
Cassi
Director of Youth Ministries


God’s Three Purposes for Sex

Marriage and Sex:

Sexual fidelity is actually a sub-category of marriage. That is a fatal mistake our secular culture makes. It makes them two separate categories that don’t necessarily correlate. But God intends sex to be kept within marriage.

God made people with the intention of marriage. God created marriage and intends for most people to get married. Now, not all people get married, and God does call some people to the exception of singleness. But God created people FOR marriage (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9). That is God’s plan. Christians seek to follow God’s plan. God desires marriage to be holy, right and good. God does not intend marriage to be abusive, manipulative, selfish, taken for granted, not taken seriously, or even broken. God intends marriage to be fulfilling, complementary, uplifting, making whole.

You cannot look to the rest of nature to see the moral guidelines for people. God created animals to reproduce in order to sustain their populations. God created people different, in God’s own image, to a higher and more special calling. That calling includes the special relationship between a man and a woman; marriage reflects the image of God in the unity and the joining together. Man, woman and God joined together in holy matrimony reflects the image of God’s trinity. The love, commitment, obedience and unity they share reflects the interaction (love, commitment, obedience and unity) of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).


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A Prophetic Love

So often we are prone to think of God as having a split personality.  Likewise we think of the Bible as two separate stories.  Now granted, it is written that way.  There are clearly two testaments, but we spend so much time in the New that we forget its origins found in the Old.  We gloss over all nuance and conclude that Jesus is the “nice” God and that God the Father is “mean”.  Why would we want to read about a cranky, old, judgmental God?  We prefer the good news only.  It is important to remember that, even though we have two testaments, the Bible is still a whole.  One story. And God is still God, and Jesus is Him. One God.
 
As you read through Scripture, you will find one of my favorite attributes of God: He wears His heart on His sleeve.  The Bible can at times read like a journal that God has written about his love for the world he has created.  And the apple of his eye, the one that captures his heart, the one that he has actually proposed to is…no, NOT you, but the church.  The people of God, the body of Christ, the gathered believers.  Yes, this means God loves you too, but God’s heart beats for his people as a whole.

Read more...

What is Freedom?

Freedom is a word thrown out a lot this time of year. But, what does it mean to be truly free. Webster defines freedom as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” For most of us our understanding of freedom ends there. We use it as a crutch to do and say what we want. 
 
As Christians we need to see the word freedom through Christ’s eyes. What was Jesus trying to tell us about freedom.  Jesus said that He had come to Earth to “proclaim freedom” (Luke 4:18). And on another occasion, He said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). He was not setting us free to do or say what we want but instead was setting us free to take the path God wanted for our lives. Because, up until that point we were hindered or restrained from God’s path by sin. 
 
Before Christ’s death and resurrection, we were slaves to our sinful nature. We were quick to believe Satan’s lies and temptations. But once we accept that Jesus is God and he died to set us free from those sins, we are free to live in a new way. Christ’s death on the cross freed us to become the people God designed us to be.
 
It is not often we consider the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice for us — what it cost him to give us this freedom.  As we honor those who have allowed us the freedoms we enjoy in America, we can see Christ’s death in a bit more tangible way. As soldiers die on the battlefield for people they have never met, who may not even appreciate what they are doing, we see Christ on the cross. 
 
We can start to see a glimpse of the sacrifice God made for us with His Son, in the families who have lost loved ones in the military. We honor their sacrifice by living out our freedom in our speech, to assemble,  and pray to whom we want. Do we honor God’s sacrifice with the same respect?  
 
Cassi
Director of Youth Ministries
 


Sex: Old and New Witness to Purity

In my previous blogs, I have laboriously argued that in the Biblical witness both the Old and New Testaments each reveal that God considers it impure to have sex outside of marriage. I also want to point out that the two testaments are together one and the same witness. 

The New Testament (NT) in no way “upgrades” or carries more weight than the Old Testament (OT). Jesus says in Luke 16:17 that “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the law.” Or again in Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” They are both one witness, and God’s desire is the same in both. 

It is true that some laws of the OT are not upheld for all people in the NT (what we call the Jewish cultic laws like the kosher laws, the laws of sacrifice, and Temple worship). These laws Jesus specifically fulfilled and made obsolete. The difference has to do with Christ’s purpose of salvation. Paul discusses this in Galatians. The Old Covenant/Testament (meaning the system of sacrifices) was given as a way to identify sin, curb it, and serve as a temporary system of atonement for it (look closely at Galatians 3). It was a stop-gap measure until the coming of Christ. Christ comes to be the atoning sacrifice “once and for all,” so the temple and sacrifices are no longer needed. So Christ fulfills all the cultic laws. Jesus says at the Last Supper, “…this is the cup of the new covenant…” (Luke 22:20). In the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is making the claim that His sacrifice on the cross is the new covenant of salvation, replacing the old covenant of cultic laws and animal sacrifice. 


Read more...

What’s the Big Deal?

I’ve been blogging a lot about the Biblical stance of sex being intended only for marriage. Many Christians believe this is what the Bible teaches, but don’t see it really as a big deal. Sex outside of marriage is often treated kind of like swearing. “You shouldn’t do it, but it’s really no big deal. It may not be best, but it’s not worth worrying about.” Those that do worry a lot about it are sort of ignored. Some, for sure, are gripped by a prudish fear, worried that any kind of dabbling in the “forbidden fruits” is akin to selling your soul to Satan. Others are bound to a pharisaic legalism, fearing that any slight infraction against God’s laws constitute a forfeiting of one’s salvation. Others take a more simplistic approach: “God said it, that settles it!” Not that there isn’t truth in these perspectives. To some degree, dabbling in sexual promiscuity is satanic, in that it does not champion God’s values or desires, and subjects people to sinful bondages. There is some truth to simply obeying God’s commands because God said so, without questioning why. The truth comes in trusting that God made the rules, laws and restrictions not for any need for Himself. Every law, every regulation He set forth He did so for the expressed benefit of humanity. Every time we do not follow the law or rule, we ultimately hurt ourselves. We hurt God, too, but we hurt Him because He is hurt when He sees us being hurt. Consider the Garden of Eden. God forbade that fruit because it would bring death and misery to us and to all of creation. God did not want us to die, or to suffer under the weight of sin


Read more...

Marriage is Good

Recently, I have been officially licensed within the United Methodist Church.  This allows me to fulfill certain duties that I could not before.  One of those duties is presiding over weddings.
 
To be candid, I was perfectly fine existing in a world where I would never have to perform a wedding ceremony.  So often weddings are full of fluff and nervous concern about things that do not really matter.  It’s the “big day”.  Months of preparation and thousands of dollars have been poured into one ceremony.  There is also the drastic rate of fallout.  Divorce is not only commonplace, in some ways it is expected, almost as though it is a life stage everyone goes through.  Statistics on divorce are everywhere and our culture no longer mourns the loss of intact families…it is now an accepted element within the landscape. So, for me, the whole idea of being part of a wedding is tough to swallow.  In my jaded view a wedding ceremony is a pre-divorce hearing. It’s not something in which I want to involve myself.
 
However, I must confess, this is not a Godly take on the situation.  Yes, divorce is too rampant, yes, wedding ceremonies are too inflated, yes, the motives of those involved are not always pure.  But all of the human failures and inconsistencies, all of the bad examples and greedy lawyers do not remove the fact that marriage is good.
 

Read more...

We are called out of our comfort zone

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) Moses told these encouraging words to Joshua before sending them across to the promised land. They had been wandering in the desert frustrated, uncertain and scared for 40 years. Then God shows the land they were promised. Joshua had to face this new place without Moses, leading these people on his own. To say he was scared may be an understatement. When we follow God’s plans for our lives it will be stepping out of your comfort zone. Joshua had to step out from the comfort zone of Moses’ leadership and embark on God’s plan alone. Joshua had to lean on God’s strength and power to see them across the Jordan. Moses left Joshua with the exact words he needed, that God would go in front of him; that God would neither fail nor abandon him. The Lord is the same today as He was during the Old Testament times. Knowing that God is going before us in all situations allows us to go confidently into the unknown he is leading us to. When we listen to where God is calling us to be it will be outside of our comfort zone. This makes it so we have to depend on him, so His glory will shine through us. If life was easy, we would have no need to trust God. It is often said “God will not give us what we can’t handle” but, in reality that is exactly what he does. He will never send us on a path that HE cannot handle. It is through our trust in His plan that we can be strong and courageous.

 
Cassi B
Director of Youth Ministries


Holiness: Sexual Purity

I’ve been asked if the New Testament replaces the Old Testament laws and rules about human sexuality. It seems that some people feel that the New Testament allows more freedom of sexual expression than the Old. It is more helpful, I think, to understand that the Bible really doesn’t talk about human sexuality on its own, but instead places it under the larger teaching on purity. Let’s take a look.

First of all, even though Jesus’ death and resurrection replaces the old salvation of animal sacrifice, temple worship, and Jewish kosher laws, Jesus says that the moral teachings of the Old Testament still stand. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Both testaments are one witness, and God’s desire is the same in both. 

Paul takes up the Jews kosher laws directly in Galatians. The Old Covenant/Testament (meaning the system of sacrifices) was given as a way to identify sin, curb it, and serve as a temporary system of atonement for it (look closely at Galatians 3). It was a stop-gap measure until the coming of Christ. Christ comes to be the atoning sacrifice “once and for all,” so the temple and sacrifices are no longer needed. So, Christ fulfills all the cultic laws (laws having to do with the external practice of the Jewish faith, like sacrifices and anything that has to do with the Temple, as well as anything that makes a Jew look and act like a Jew on the outside of the body, such as clothing, food restrictions, and religious observances).

Read more...

The Top of the List

                                                                    Life is nothing more than a series of decisions.  We decide what to eat and where we go and what we take along the way.  It’s true, we can’t always determine what hand we are dealt or how the plans of others may conspire to thwart our own, but despite these intrusions, we still get to decide how we react to such events. 

We realize that here are not enough hours in the day to belabor every single decision.  We have ways for streamlining the process, of taking shortcuts.  One of our main strategies is a listing of things we value most.  We call them priorities.

All the decisions that come our way are automatically filtered through this list of priorities.  The way we vote, the way we eat, the way we dress, the state of our homes, the cars we drive and the way we raise our kids.  Our priorities are so powerful that they actually shape our lives and if we are really committed to them, they will eventually define the way we live.   

This next question is natural: What are your priorities?  What lies at the top of your list?  When it comes to your children, what are your priorities for them?  Many people would hope that their kids would be successful, achieve good grades, excel in sports or music.  Amid these hopes and dreams, sitting there at the top of the list, many parents would simply site “happiness” as their top priority.


Read more...

Dog Days of Summer

The air is damp and hazy. I go to take my dog for a walk and he is panting by the time we hit the mailbox and if I am honest so am I. The “dog days of summer” are upon us. It is August already. This summer has flown past in a blur of activities and work. Right as summer comes to an end we are hit with a heat wave. As the humidity rises, we watch the animals find respite in cool shadows. Their instinct is to rest through the hot days, yet ours is to still go at full speed. Why do we not take direction from nature?
 
It is a time when we are reminded to rest. God has given nature a way to tell us to stop doing and just rest.
 
“…he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ Mark 6:31
 
Our lives are in constant motion, we rarely take time to pause. But, Jesus calls us to rest. In his own ministry he took time to rest and be in the presence of his Father. 
 
With the hustle of summer, has your Bible reading plan dwindled, has church attendance faltered, or your prayer life seem lacking. Take these days of hazy heat to grab your favorite devotional, your Bible and head out to the hammock. Take the time God has given you to relax and sink into His word.
 
Fall is just around the corner, which means schedule changes. Before you begin a new routine, why not hit the pause button to reflect on your walk with God?
 
Cassi
Director of Youth Ministries


God’s Three Purposes for Sex

Marriage and Sex:

Sexual fidelity is actually a sub-category of marriage. That is a fatal mistake our secular culture makes. It makes them two separate categories that don’t necessarily correlate. But God intends sex to be kept within marriage.

God made people with the intention of marriage. God created marriage and intends for most people to get married. Now, not all people get married, and God does call some people to the exception of singleness. But God created people FOR marriage (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9). That is God’s plan. Christians seek to follow God’s plan. God desires marriage to be holy, right and good. God does not intend marriage to be abusive, manipulative, selfish, taken for granted, not taken seriously, or even broken. God intends marriage to be fulfilling, complementary, uplifting, making whole.

You cannot look to the rest of nature to see the moral guidelines for people. God created animals to reproduce in order to sustain their populations. God created people different, in God’s own image, to a higher and more special calling. That calling includes the special relationship between a man and a woman; marriage reflects the image of God in the unity and the joining together. Man, woman and God joined together in holy matrimony reflects the image of God’s trinity. The love, commitment, obedience and unity they share reflects the interaction (love, commitment, obedience and unity) of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).


Read more...

A Prophetic Love

So often we are prone to think of God as having a split personality.  Likewise we think of the Bible as two separate stories.  Now granted, it is written that way.  There are clearly two testaments, but we spend so much time in the New that we forget its origins found in the Old.  We gloss over all nuance and conclude that Jesus is the “nice” God and that God the Father is “mean”.  Why would we want to read about a cranky, old, judgmental God?  We prefer the good news only.  It is important to remember that, even though we have two testaments, the Bible is still a whole.  One story. And God is still God, and Jesus is Him. One God.
 
As you read through Scripture, you will find one of my favorite attributes of God: He wears His heart on His sleeve.  The Bible can at times read like a journal that God has written about his love for the world he has created.  And the apple of his eye, the one that captures his heart, the one that he has actually proposed to is…no, NOT you, but the church.  The people of God, the body of Christ, the gathered believers.  Yes, this means God loves you too, but God’s heart beats for his people as a whole.

Read more...

What is Freedom?

Freedom is a word thrown out a lot this time of year. But, what does it mean to be truly free. Webster defines freedom as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” For most of us our understanding of freedom ends there. We use it as a crutch to do and say what we want. 
 
As Christians we need to see the word freedom through Christ’s eyes. What was Jesus trying to tell us about freedom.  Jesus said that He had come to Earth to “proclaim freedom” (Luke 4:18). And on another occasion, He said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). He was not setting us free to do or say what we want but instead was setting us free to take the path God wanted for our lives. Because, up until that point we were hindered or restrained from God’s path by sin. 
 
Before Christ’s death and resurrection, we were slaves to our sinful nature. We were quick to believe Satan’s lies and temptations. But once we accept that Jesus is God and he died to set us free from those sins, we are free to live in a new way. Christ’s death on the cross freed us to become the people God designed us to be.
 
It is not often we consider the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice for us — what it cost him to give us this freedom.  As we honor those who have allowed us the freedoms we enjoy in America, we can see Christ’s death in a bit more tangible way. As soldiers die on the battlefield for people they have never met, who may not even appreciate what they are doing, we see Christ on the cross. 
 
We can start to see a glimpse of the sacrifice God made for us with His Son, in the families who have lost loved ones in the military. We honor their sacrifice by living out our freedom in our speech, to assemble,  and pray to whom we want. Do we honor God’s sacrifice with the same respect?  
 
Cassi
Director of Youth Ministries
 


Sex: Old and New Witness to Purity

In my previous blogs, I have laboriously argued that in the Biblical witness both the Old and New Testaments each reveal that God considers it impure to have sex outside of marriage. I also want to point out that the two testaments are together one and the same witness. 

The New Testament (NT) in no way “upgrades” or carries more weight than the Old Testament (OT). Jesus says in Luke 16:17 that “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the law.” Or again in Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” They are both one witness, and God’s desire is the same in both. 

It is true that some laws of the OT are not upheld for all people in the NT (what we call the Jewish cultic laws like the kosher laws, the laws of sacrifice, and Temple worship). These laws Jesus specifically fulfilled and made obsolete. The difference has to do with Christ’s purpose of salvation. Paul discusses this in Galatians. The Old Covenant/Testament (meaning the system of sacrifices) was given as a way to identify sin, curb it, and serve as a temporary system of atonement for it (look closely at Galatians 3). It was a stop-gap measure until the coming of Christ. Christ comes to be the atoning sacrifice “once and for all,” so the temple and sacrifices are no longer needed. So Christ fulfills all the cultic laws. Jesus says at the Last Supper, “…this is the cup of the new covenant…” (Luke 22:20). In the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is making the claim that His sacrifice on the cross is the new covenant of salvation, replacing the old covenant of cultic laws and animal sacrifice. 


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