This is a public response to Jeff Durbin’s comments on his Apologia Radio program toward Caleb Hegg, in response to Caleb’s comments on Messiah Matter’s weekly program, regarding a theological point Jeff made concerning “changes” in the Law of God allegedly taught in the New Testament. The following is a summary of the email I sent and the video with my comments.
I wanted to respond to your segment and interactions with Caleb Hegg. We are good friends and since neither of you know each other, I thought I’d provide you some time savings and clarity of our One Law or One Torah position in contrast to Theonomy. Here I address your presupposition regarding Eph 2:14ff (regarding what you claim is the referent of the dividing barrier of partition or wall of division) and Heb 7:11ff (regarding your claimed referent of the “change in law”).
In the first case (Eph) the referent is not ritual worship of God that divided men, but sin and death that is the barrier between God and man (and thus men with each other) that the incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ broken down.
In the second (Heb) the referent is a singular law regarding who can enter two very different Temples, which, of necessity, require different laws, since one is built by human hands in the present age and the other is the real eternal one that has a huge death barrier (reinforcing the previous verse’s point in Eph 2:14ff of what the dividing wall actually is and is referring to, i.e. since He Himself (Christ) is our peace. Peace between who? God and man,…How? Christ made both one (Both what one? in the neuter here, both God and man at the incarnation), Why? to destroy the barrier…What barrier? The Enmity of the Law? What is the enmity of the Law? (death caused by sin, which is the result of sin’s causing us to be at enmity with God and other men), Why? In order to make “the two” into one new man (humanity) IN HIMSELF (Which two?…Jew and non-Jew), thus establishing peace (Peace between who? between God and man, thus resulting also in peace between Jew and non-Jew), having reconciled both (Jew and non-Jew) in ONE BODY (Christ’s) to God through the Cross, having destroyed THE ENMITY (i.e. Barrier) IN HIMSELF (the BARRIER = that which divides men from God and men from each other b/c sin divides us from God and divides us from each other, resulting in death, the ultimate barrier). Having become incarnate, Christ (HE HIMSELF) destroyed the previous separation between God and man IN “HE HIMSELF” Who IS the ONLY God-man, and Christ then preceded to condemn sin IN THE FLESH, thus establishing peace, which is the opposite of enmity, which results in the breaking down of the CONTEXTUAL “barrier” referred to in Eph 2:14.
Thus, there is no context here in which the Gospel Paul preaches is referring to “parts” of the way God said was “acceptable methods of worshiping Him in the present age,” while we are still in “bodies of death” and have not yet been transformed, nor resurrected, nor has heaven descended again to earth, thus transforming the entire system (at that time). Thus, there are lawful ways to keep the law, and there are unlawful ways (which is sin), and the Gospel of God has never changed from time immemorial…it need not for God never changes. The most you could say is that it went from a commission of love your neighbor as yourself, to love your neighbor like I loved you, which is a greater love that we have for ourselves.
I hope this video helps you understand where we see problems with Theonomy’s explanation (or rather lack thereof) of its so called “changes in law.” Both administrations have separate roles and functions, and when not corrupted, there was nothing wrong with the Aaronic Priestly system of worship in the present age (Paul and the leadership and apostles all prove this with their daily actions post Christ’s first coming on continuing the engage in those practices at the Temple), because those sacrifices and freewill offerings, like Paul gave post ascension, are a reminder of sins year after year, and there is nothing “against Christ” in keeping them, because their function continues to point to our need for Him and the Greater Exodus to which His work effected in contrast to the pagan nations and their worship practices.
Blessings in Christ,