Living Free in the Spirit of Christ

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Living Without Religion

Published on: Feb 25, 2008

The book of Hebrews goes in great detail comparing the religion of the Old Covenant to the freedom from religion given us in Christ. Religion has never been the will of God, which can be quite confusing when the Old Testament is examined. It seems God wants religion, and went into great detail in creating it.

So when the gospel was accomplished so all the world could know God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, confusion reigned in the early church. The Judaizers tried to convince the gentile converts that grace plus circumcision was needed. So the writer of Hebrews, I believe to be Paul, had to explain to the Jewish believers that all of the priesthood was only a type and shadow of the work to be accomplished by Messiah. That work ended the need for religious ceremonies in approaching God.

Hebrews 1 through 10 explain in detail how that Old Covenant was replaced by the freedom of the New Covenant. Then in the middle of chapter 10 we read:

Heb 10:18-19
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (KJV)

Verse 18 declares the end of religion and verse 19 declares the freedom to know God. The rest of Hebrews discusses living by faith in Christ and in fellowship with God and one another.

I had wrestled for a long time with verse 25 that tells us not to forsake the assembly of ourselves. It has been used to justify the professional clergy of the local church. But in pursuing a word study of “assembly” I have concluded that it means much more than just meeting or even attending a church business. It indicates a very volitional pursuit of relationships with those who have need. It is a plea for intentional relationships with the saints. The study is too long for a blog post so I have placed it in my website under body life instead. If you wish to read my findings, you can read the article here.

After you have read the article I would love to read your comments and thoughts on the subject.

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