What Are The Elements of The World?

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Christ said “the new agrees not with the old” (Luk 5. Christ broke the sabbath. He said that He and His disciples had ” profaned it like the priests.” Neither Christ nor any of His disciples were of the Aaronic priest’s linage. Christ proclaims that He and His disciples, “like David and those with him,” had “done that which is not lawful.” Christ did not deny this, He proclaimed it. Those are His words. They are not mine. These too are His Words concerning the differences in the covenants. These words of our Savior agree with every word Paul wrote on this same subject:

Luk 5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment [ New Covenant doctrines] upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Luk 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
Luk 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
Luk 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

When the law is “used lawfully,” it is used just to “bring us to Christ” after which time “we are no longer under [ that] schoolmaster.” Then and only then it is “established,” and then and only then “both are preserved,” even though “the new agrees NOT with the old.”

1Ti 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully [ and how is that done?];
1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [ to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Now Christ’s “the new agrees not with the old” yet “both are preserved” makes perfect sense:

Luk 5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man the new maketh a rent, and t he piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
Luk 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
Luk 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. [ The “law { of Moses} brings us to Christ,” and the “law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2) brings us to maturity]
Luk 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better [ to this very day].

Paul and Christ certainly agreed on this subject. It is orthodox Christianity which refuses to acknowledge that “the law is not of faith and is not for a righteous man.” There is no reference to legalism anywhere in the entirety of the books of Galatians or Timothy. At this time in your walk, you are simply unwilling to admit to the words of Christ that “the new agrees not with the old.” You insist, as Christ foretold all men would insist: “The old is better.” so at this time, as Paul tells us, you “are no better than a slave.”

Gal 3:23 But before faith cam e, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Gal 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child [“under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed”], differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors [ the schoolmaster of verse 25] until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world [“not made for a righteous man”]:

Hey, I can’t be too hard on you. It was only yesterday that I too, was so blinded by the imposing stature of mere men, that I too, could not see that the tutors and governors of Gal 4:1 were the same as the schoolmaster of Gal 3:25. I too, followed the lead of my ministers and argued that these ‘elements of the world’ were a reference to the pagan ways of these Gentile Galatians who Paul all through this book laments being led back under the law. But here in this verse, according to your ministers, all of a sudden, for some inexplicable reason, Paul is concerned that they might go back to pagan “elements of the world.” That is not the subject or concern anywhere in this book. What is the subject and concern of this book and this chapter is:

Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law

Open your eyes. Read God’s Word as it reads. These are not people who are tending to return to paganism. Read this verse 21 of this very chapter. It accords with the spirit and concern Paul expresses throughout this epistle:

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Do you not see how “works of the law” are equated with “made perfect by the flesh?”

Can you not see that the schoolmaster is equated with the tutors and governors? Can you not see that the “elements of this world” are equated with “being as a child under tutors and governors and the schoolmaster?” Again, Look at verse 21 of this very chapter. Your church tells you “the elements of this world” are concerned with a return to paganism. “The elements of this world are not paganism. What they are, is the old covenant law of Moses. “Not made for a righteous man but [ made] for the lawless…” That is the “elements of this world. “The law of Jesus Christ” is far superior to that “law made for the lawless.”

Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

Does this sound like people who are just about to start observing Christmas and Easter again? Be honest. Does it sound that way?

Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Now who do you suppose the “children of the bondwoman are? Are they the Gentiles who no longer keep the law as your church teaches?

Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Don’t fail to notice that “Mount Sinai… genders to bondage…” Did you catch that? What happened at Sinai? That is where Moses was given the law for the lawless. It did not deal with the heart. It had no spiritual promises because it dealt only with the lawless and disobedient. It promised only physical blessings for carnal obedience to “carnal commandments.”

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandmen t, but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Heb 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Now let’s go back to Galatians four. With whom does Paul equate the law- abiding Jews like Saul of Tarsus? Was it Gentiles who were told by the apostles themselves that they did not have to “be circumcised and to keep the law?” (Act 15)

Act 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: [ with which ‘keep the law,’ doctrine you, to this day, are trying to yoke me ]
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

It is law of Moses oriented Jerusalem which now is which is in bondage.” Certain went out from us… subverting your souls saying… keep the law, to whom we gave no such commandment.” Those are powerful words from God’s law abiding apostles. Which law did they abide by? Was it the law not made for a righteous man? Or was it the law of Jesus Christ that so contradicted the old law to “stone them both.” A lack of trial was not the point Christ was making. You completely missed His point. Here it is again: “The new agrees not with the old… Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers… Not made for a righteous man but for the lawless… a carnal commandment… a change also [ besides the change of priesthood] of the law…” etc., etc., etc.”

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal 4:28 Now we[ Gentile Galatians] , brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [ that was born] after the Spirit, even so [ it is] now.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we [ Gentile Galatians] are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Go ahead and make your “free” choice. Surely there are no powers and principalities influencing your “free moral agency.” That is the teaching of your church. Do you believe such insanity? This is the truth. This verse below is an example of the way God actually operates. It is a very effective method:

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Man’s choices have nothing whatsoever to do with all the evil in the earth today. Man’s choices are the result of the fact that “the vessel of clay was marred in the hand of the Potter.” Read After The Counsel Of His Own Will and then get back to me.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Do all men make choices? Of course we all do. But ” free“choices? Where are the scriptures for such a claim?

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God…

The Associated Churches of God are nothing but another daughter harlot worshiping an image of the beast that comes up out of the sea of mankind on which the harlot sits. The heart’s idol of ‘free’ will belies how much the Associated Church of God denies the sovereignty of God and enthrones the sovereignty of the ‘free’ will of the beast within us all.

Mike

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