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EP. 27 Q&A Part 2


To view the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YkXdD5LRTpE


SHOW NOTES


Welcome to another week of the Hope Rescue Podcast! This week we are continuing to answer some of the questions that were sent in through social media for a Q&A! If you didn’t listen last week, make sure to check out episode 26 to hear Tim and Kimberly answer two different questions: one about AA and one about empathy vs codependency! This week we are going to tackle two new questions and share our thoughts! As a disclaimer, know that these are the opinions of Tim and Kimberly, and it is okay if you don’t agree with everything they say! If you have any further questions or comments, you can always comment on this blog post or email us at hoperescuepodcast@gmail.com.


Question 1:

What's the difference between love and attachment?


Kimberly starts by explaining that one of the plainest expressions of love in Scripture is through serving. By giving of our time, our talents, and our energies, we show love for one another. Attachment, on the other hand, is an unhealthy need for someone to fill a deficit. Tim explains that two people can be attached but not necessarily in love. People who have unhealthy attachments to others can become codependent, as we discussed last week. Without going too deep into the psychology of unhealthy attachment, note that attachment issues can stem from very early in a person’s life, whether it be from a traumatic event, or the way a person was raised, etc. Some people may have only known attachment their whole lives instead of love, so they may believe they are one and the same.


Tim brings up the popular documentary ‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’ which is about the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose and boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn. Before the murder, it was believed that Gypsy Rose suffered from numerous disorders such as leukemia, asthma, and muscular dystrophy. After further investigation, doctors found that she had none of the claimed disorders and that she possibly was experiencing Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental disorder where a parent or other caretaker exaggerates, fabricates, or induces illness in a person under their care to obtain sympathy or attention. This is an extreme example of unhealthy attachment.


Kimberly explains that if she could talk to her younger self, she would emphasize the need to be attached to Jesus before she started a relationship with anyone else. Kimberly says, “Your first passion, attachment, and love should be Jesus Christ. He will reinforce your identity, your value, your purpose, and your calling.” By having a healthy relationship with Christ FIRST, we will be attracted to healthier people and not be looking for someone to fill our well. Kimberly says if you pursue Christ first, “...you have a well that is full of water to the point of overflow, and you are able to give to someone else.”


Question 2:

Do the Old Testament laws still apply today?


Tim starts answering this question by saying, “yes and no.” He references Galatians 3:23-28, which says, “Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” If you are interested in doing a study on this topic, Tim explains that more than any other New Testament books, Romans and Galatians deal with legalism in a very clear and profound way.


Before Christ came, there was one spiritual standard for all believers: the law. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Galatians talks about the law being our guardian before Christ came, and the Greek word for guardian is paidagogia, which means 'to lead a child.' In this sense, before Christ came, the law was our paidagogos to lead us to Christ. Now that Christ has come and fulfilled the law, there is a new spiritual standard for believers. Romans 3:20 says, "For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." Tim explains that no one has ever been saved by the law. Throughout the entire Old Testament, everything points towards the coming Messiah, even in the garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15 says, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." This reference is the first messianic prophecy in the Old Testament and everything after it points to Jesus.


Romans 3:21-22 says “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” We don't attain righteousness by being good or by keeping the ten commandments. It's only through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot be saved by the law. The purpose of the law is to show us that we are sinners and that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


Tim closes by quoting 1 Timothy 1:8, “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,” In Greek, the word antinomianism means any view which rejects laws or legalism and is against moral, religious or social norms. Antinomians believe that the moral law is of no use, and they are against the law. We shouldn’t be against the law or hate it, but we have to understand its purpose. To determine which laws should still apply today, Tim suggests seeing which laws from the Old Testament were reinforced in the New Testament. Tim says, “The moral law is not the prescription by how we live our life in Christ, but it gives us a moral compass, and it constantly reminds us that we are sinners.”


QUOTES


“God has called us to love one another but not to be attached to one another. God needs to fulfill that in our lives.” -Tim


“Your first passion, attachment, and love should be Jesus Christ. He will reinforce your identity, your value, your purpose, and your calling.” -Kimberly


“We don't attain righteousness by being good or by keeping the ten commandments. It's only through faith in Jesus Christ.” -Tim


“The moral law is not the prescription by how we live our life in Christ, but it gives us a moral compass and it constantly reminds us that we are sinners.” -Tim


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Galations 3:23-28: “Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”


Romans 3:20: "For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin."


Genesis 3:15 "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."


Romans 3:21-22: But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.


1 Timothy 1:8: “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,”



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