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====Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments====
<p>Does &quot;corporate sin&quot; mean babies and small children don&#146;t go to heaven if they die?</p>
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The Bible tells us that Christ came as the Mediator of a new covenant (Hebrews 8:6).
<p>The Bible does not give us a definite answer regarding the state of little children who are too young to understand the gospel and trust in Christ, but based on certain principles of Scripture, many believe (and I am one of them) children who are too young to grasp the issues of the gospel will be in heaven. The reason is simply this. Jesus Christ, God&#146;s Son, died on the cross for the sin of the whole world (1 John 2:2; 1 Tim. 4:2). He and He alone is the Saviour of all men, and the means of receiving that salvation is by personal faith in Christ.</p>
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<p>But this can only really apply to those who can believe. Since Christ died for all our sin, the only sin that can keep a person separated from God is the sin of unbelief or rejection of Christ. Listen to the passage below which speaks about the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the person of Christ:</p>
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The popular belief that the New Covenant abolishes God's law reflects a misunderstanding of both covenants. God tells us that
<p>And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgement;</p>
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<p>9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;</p>
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He altered the original covenant and made "a better covenant, which was established on better promises" (verse 6).
<p>10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me;</p>
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<p>11 and concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged (John 16:8-11).</p>
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But it was not established on different laws.
<p>Notice that John said, &quot;concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.&quot; All people are sinners and must recognise this, &quot;for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God&quot; (Rom. 3:23), but no one is saved by giving up their sins (works) (Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5). They are saved by faith in Christ&#146;s work who alone could and did pay the penalty for our sin. So, the greatest and basic sin is unbelief. Jesus&#146; return to the Father will vindicate His righteous life and the truthfulness of all He said, which includes John 14:6. Further, His statement about the fact of the ruler of this world being judged shows that at the cross Christ triumphed over Satan. This also serves notice of the judgement to come on all unbelievers (those who refuse to believe in Christ). Satan&#146;s judgement proves the judgement of all who do not believe in Christ.</p>
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<p>But a baby cannot understand that he or she is a sinner nor can they reject Christ. So, since Christ paid for their sin by His death on the Cross, many believe that little children will be in heaven. Also, remember that when David lost his little child who died before the age of accountability, David stopped his mourning and said, &quot;he can&#146;t come to me, but I will go to him.&quot; This suggests that David believed that one day he would see his child in heaven (see 2 Sam. 12:23). While this verse does not prove this concept, it certainly lends support since David seemed to be comforted by this thought.</p>
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The law stayed the same.
<p>Let me point out, however, that not all Christians and Bible teachers believe this about children and will simply say, we cannot know the answer to this since the Bible does not give us specific answers. Others deny this on the basis of their belief in election. While others would say the only the children of saved parents will go to heaven since they are sanctified by the believing parent (see 1 Cor. 7).</p>
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There was, however, a weakness, or fault, in the original covenant.  
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That fault was with the people, not with the law.  
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"Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah'" (verse 8).  
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It was because the people "did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD" (verse 9).
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In the Old Covenant God wrote the law on tablets of stone.  
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It was external, not part of the thinking and motives of the people.
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It was in their literature but not in their hearts.
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In the New Covenant God writes the law in the minds and hearts of His people (Hebrews 8:10; Jeremiah 31:33-34).
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To enable people to internalize His law—to love it and obey it eagerly and willingly—God makes this promise: "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
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I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27).  
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God's Spirit enables His people to obey His laws.
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People lacking the Holy Spirit are incapable of wholehearted obedience.
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Why? "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  
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So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:7-8).
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This is why the Old Covenant and the New Covenant differ.  
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Paul explains that "what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh" God has accomplished by sending Jesus, who overcame the flesh and "condemned sin [lawlessness] in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit" (Romans 8:3-4; see also 1 John 3:4).
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The International Critical Commentary, in reference to Romans 8:4, says: "God's purpose in 'condemning' sin was that His law's requirement might be fulfilled in us, that is, that his law might be established in the sense of at last being truly and sincerely obeyed—the fulfilment of the promises of Jer 31:33 and Ezek 36:26.1."
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In a footnote to Jeremiah 31:33-34 the commentary explains that this passage "is often misunderstood as a promise of a new law to take the place of the old or else as a promise of a religion without law at all.  
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But the new thing promised in v. 33 is, in fact, neither a new law nor freedom from law, but a sincere inward desire and determination on the part of God's people to obey the law already given to them ..."
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The following passages in the New Testament confirm, either explicitly or by example, that Jesus Christ and the apostles viewed the Ten Commandments as a necessary part of Christian living.
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First Commandment: Matthew 4:10; 22:37-38.
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Second Commandment: 1 John 5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9;  10:7, 10:14; Ephesians 5:5.
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Third Commandment: Matthew 5:33-34;  7:21-23; Luke 11:2; 1 Timothy 6:1.
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Fourth Commandment: Luke 4:16; Acts 13:14, 13:42, 13:44;  16:13;  17:2;  18:4; Hebrews 4:4, 4:9.
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Fifth Commandment: Matthew 15:3-6;  19:17-19; Ephesians 6:2-3.
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Sixth Commandment: Matthew 5:21-22;  19:17-18; Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:19-21; James 2:10-12.
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Seventh Commandment: Matthew 5:27-28;  19:17-18; Romans 13:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9;  10:8; Ephesians 5:5; Galatians 5:19-21; James 3:10-12.
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Eighth Commandment: Matthew 19:17-18; Romans 13:9, Ephesians 4:28
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Ninth Commandment: Matthew 19:17-18; Romans 13:9; Colossians 3:9; Ephesians 4:25
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Tenth Commandment: Luke 12:15; Romans 7:7; Rom 13:9; Ephesians 5:3, Eph 5:5.

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Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments

The Bible tells us that Christ came as the Mediator of a new covenant (Hebrews 8:6).

The popular belief that the New Covenant abolishes God's law reflects a misunderstanding of both covenants. God tells us that

He altered the original covenant and made "a better covenant, which was established on better promises" (verse 6).

But it was not established on different laws.

The law stayed the same.

There was, however, a weakness, or fault, in the original covenant.

That fault was with the people, not with the law.

"Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah'" (verse 8).

It was because the people "did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD" (verse 9).

In the Old Covenant God wrote the law on tablets of stone.

It was external, not part of the thinking and motives of the people.

It was in their literature but not in their hearts.

In the New Covenant God writes the law in the minds and hearts of His people (Hebrews 8:10; Jeremiah 31:33-34).

To enable people to internalize His law—to love it and obey it eagerly and willingly—God makes this promise: "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

God's Spirit enables His people to obey His laws.

People lacking the Holy Spirit are incapable of wholehearted obedience.

Why? "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:7-8).

This is why the Old Covenant and the New Covenant differ.

Paul explains that "what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh" God has accomplished by sending Jesus, who overcame the flesh and "condemned sin [lawlessness] in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit" (Romans 8:3-4; see also 1 John 3:4).

The International Critical Commentary, in reference to Romans 8:4, says: "God's purpose in 'condemning' sin was that His law's requirement might be fulfilled in us, that is, that his law might be established in the sense of at last being truly and sincerely obeyed—the fulfilment of the promises of Jer 31:33 and Ezek 36:26.1."

In a footnote to Jeremiah 31:33-34 the commentary explains that this passage "is often misunderstood as a promise of a new law to take the place of the old or else as a promise of a religion without law at all.

But the new thing promised in v. 33 is, in fact, neither a new law nor freedom from law, but a sincere inward desire and determination on the part of God's people to obey the law already given to them ..."

The following passages in the New Testament confirm, either explicitly or by example, that Jesus Christ and the apostles viewed the Ten Commandments as a necessary part of Christian living.

First Commandment: Matthew 4:10; 22:37-38.

Second Commandment: 1 John 5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 10:7, 10:14; Ephesians 5:5.

Third Commandment: Matthew 5:33-34; 7:21-23; Luke 11:2; 1 Timothy 6:1.

Fourth Commandment: Luke 4:16; Acts 13:14, 13:42, 13:44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4; Hebrews 4:4, 4:9.

Fifth Commandment: Matthew 15:3-6; 19:17-19; Ephesians 6:2-3.

Sixth Commandment: Matthew 5:21-22; 19:17-18; Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:19-21; James 2:10-12.

Seventh Commandment: Matthew 5:27-28; 19:17-18; Romans 13:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 10:8; Ephesians 5:5; Galatians 5:19-21; James 3:10-12.

Eighth Commandment: Matthew 19:17-18; Romans 13:9, Ephesians 4:28

Ninth Commandment: Matthew 19:17-18; Romans 13:9; Colossians 3:9; Ephesians 4:25

Tenth Commandment: Luke 12:15; Romans 7:7; Rom 13:9; Ephesians 5:3, Eph 5:5.