Life after the Cross (Part 2)

by Creflo Dollar | 10 Feb 2020

Summary

The Bible is divided into two sections—pre-cross and post-cross. The old covenant, or pre-cross section, was based on works, and required that the children of Israel do something first in order to be blessed. Jesus shedding His blood on the cross established the covenant of grace, the post-cross section, which is based on His finished works. We do not have to “do” anything for God’s blessing, just accept and believe His promises. Operating as if we were still under the old, invalid covenant will not give us the results we want. To receive God’s best, we must live according to the finished works of Jesus.

  1. There is a right way and a wrong way to study the Bible.
    1. Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15, AMPC).
      1. The wrong interpretation of the Bible can lead us to the wrong conclusion.
      2. We should not teach the Bible as if we were still under the requirements of the old covenant.
    2. There is a clear distinction between certain passages in the Old and New Testaments.
      1. Under the old covenant, God told the people if they would obey the commandments, then they would be blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-3).
      2. The book of Galatians devotes an entire chapter to discussing the new covenant (Galatians 3:1-29).
    3. Even in the New Testament, we find examples of pre-cross and post-cross passages. We read two very different answers to the same question, based on the Law or on grace.
      1. When asked about the way to eternal life, Jesus told the rich young ruler to obey the commandments (Matthew 19:16, 17).
      2. When the prison warden asked Paul and Silas the way to eternal life, they told him to believe in Jesus (Acts 16:30, 31).
    4. Other examples are found elsewhere in the Bible.
      1. Before the cross, Jesus was still teaching under the Law. According to the Law, the people were required to forgive others before God would forgive them (Mark 11:25, 26; Matthew 6:14, 15).
      2. After the cross, we are taught that we are already forgiven (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13).
      3. Under the old covenant we are commanded to show perfect love to God and others (Mark 12:30, 31).
      4. Under the new covenant, we see that God loved us first, therefore we can show that love to others (1 John 4:19).
      5. God will never require from us anything He has not already put in us (Romans 5:5).

To learn more about the difference between the law and grace, click on the link below for the DVD, From Condemnation to Grace.

http://bit.ly/FromCondemnationtoGraceDVD

Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15, AMPC

Deuternomy 28:1-3

Galatians 3:1-29

Matthew 19:16, 17

Acts 16:30, 31

Mark 11:25, 26

Matthew 6:14, 15

Ephesians 4:32

Colossians 3:13

Mark 12:30, 31

1 John 4:19

Romans 5:5