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The Old Covenant law has lapsed.


However, the two key 'pegs' still form the fundamental guide for
Christian behaviour.


     -   You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
         with all your soul, and with all your mind.


     -   You shall love your neighbour as yourself.



To this most basic instruction, a New Covenant requirement has been
added.


    John   13:34   A new commandment I give to you,
                   that you love one another,
                   as I have loved you,
                   that you also love one another.

                   (A command for Christians to have
                   concern for the spiritual welfare
                   of each other.)


This 'new commandment' composes the central theme of New Testament
teaching! Spiritual equivalents of Old Covenant requirements fore-
shadow aspects of it and New Testament comments indirectly allude
to it. 



In respect to the New Testament teaching it is very easy to become
enmeshed in the events and commentary presented, but the maintenance
of an overall perspective is important. The following points should
be noted:


  -  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ should never be considered
     to have eliminated an individuals need to grow spiritually
     through the regular study of the Word of God and
     participation in the Work.


  -  The performance of what appears to be New Testament rituals,
     such as baptism and the Lord's Supper, will not lead to
     salvation. One must see through the symbolism and do what
     is actually being portrayed. 


  -  Excessive emphasis upon individual behaviour is unbalanced!
     Church hierarchies which cling to their church's traditions,
     refusing to bring their past teachings into harmony with a
     deeper understanding of the written Word of God, will bring
     God's judgment upon themselves and their flock. 



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