John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
At some point this verse jumped out at me. It spoke to me about the vast distance that exists between law keeping under Judaism and grace under Christ. The former was a covenant relationship with a select few which demanded compliance to rules and rituals. The latter is a covenant relationship with the human race based on grace, which operates apart from rules and rituals.
Though Israel was a failure under the Judaic covenant, God nonetheless remained faithful to his promises. The Judaic system was an addendum to the promise of God through Abraham to bless the whole world.
Paul was clear in stating that the laws of Moses and Judaism never would, never could abrogate His promise. Universal blessing was an immutable promise. That being established, how is it reasonable that, under the new, God’s promise becomes a maybe blessing dependent on man’s will in addition to God’s will? Strange indeed. The better is somehow less secure and certain than the old. Moses supersedes Abraham becomes superior even to Christ.
Herein we have a monstrous theological disconnect. The new is reduced to uncertainty while the old continues to dominate Christian theology- right doctrines, right rituals, and right institutions assure God’s favor. Not divine love or divine grace or anything God can do without man’s help. The God/man relationship remains under the limitation of human capability. What was heralded as a marvelous new thing turns out to be warmed over Judaism by a new name, Christianity.