Does the Old Testament Law Still Apply?

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Does the Old Testament Law Apply Today?

It’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point: does the Old Testament law still apply? Read the passage below along with the notes taken from the Chronological Life Application Study Bible to help you explore this question.

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”MATTHEW 5:17-20

DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW STILL APPLY?

If Jesus did not come to abolish the law, does that mean all the Old Testament laws still apply to us today? In the Old Testament, the law can be understood to have three dimensions: ceremonial, civil, and moral.

ONE

The ceremonial law related specifically to Israel’s worship (see Lev 1:2-3, for example). Its primary purpose was to point forward to Jesus Christ; these laws, therefore, were no longer necessary after Jesus’ death and resurrection. While we are no longer bound by ceremonial law, the principles behind them—to worship and love a holy God—still apply. Jesus was often accused by the Pharisees of violating ceremonial law.

TWO

The civil law applied to daily living in Israel (see Deut 24:10-11, for example). Because modern society and culture are so radically different from that time and setting, all of these guidelines cannot be followed specifically. But the principles behind the commands are timeless and should guide our conduct. Jesus demonstrated these principles by example.

THREE

The moral law (such as the Ten Commandments) is the direct command of God, and it requires strict obedience (see Exod 20:13, for example). The moral law reveals the nature and will of God, and it still applies today. Jesus obeyed the moral law completely.

THE ULTIMATE GOAL

God’s laws were given to help people love God with all their hearts and minds. Throughout Israel’s history, however, these laws had often been misquoted and misapplied. By Jesus’ time, religious leaders had turned the laws into a confusing mass of rules. When Jesus talked about a new way to understand God’s law, he was actually trying to bring people back to its original purpose. Jesus did not speak against the law itself but against the abuses and excesses to which it had been subjected (see John 1:17).

OBEYING > EXPLAINING

Some of those in the crowd were experts at telling others what to do, but they themselves missed the central point of God’s laws. Jesus made it clear that obeying God’s laws is more important than explaining them. It’s much easier to study God’s laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice. How are you doing at obeying God yourself?

HEART CHANGE > OBEYING

The Pharisees were exacting and scrupulous in their attempts to follow their laws. So how could Jesus reasonably call us to greater righteousness than theirs? The Pharisees’ weakness was that they were content to obey the laws outwardly without allowing God to change their hearts (or attitudes). They looked pious, but they were far from the Kingdom of Heaven. God judges our hearts as well as our deeds, for it is in the heart that our real allegiance lies.

Jesus was saying that his listeners needed a different kind of righteousness altogether (out of love for God), not just a more intense version of the Pharisees’ obedience (which was mere legal compliance). Our righteousness must

(1) come from what God does in us, not what we can do by ourselves,

(2) be God-centered, not self-centered,

(3) be based on reverence for God, not approval from people, and

(4) go beyond keeping the law to living by the principles behind the law. We should be just as concerned about our attitudes that people don’t see as about our actions that they do see.

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100 Comments

  • Leslee Owens says:

    To me the law was given to show mankind that they never could fulfill the law no matter how hard one tries they can never do it! That is why Jesus came and died. He paid the price…He fulfilled the law so the law gives us freedom…freedom to believe that our debt has been paid and we have choices! No longer a slave, but a joint heir! It’s a relationship with Our Father and knowing His love for us that causes me to naturally follow and keep His commandments not trying to keep His commandments!

    • Johann says:

      And the net effect is that we keep His commandments. After all, He did say that if we love Him, then we would keep His commandments.

      I don’t know if I would say that He gave us the Torah simply to show us that we couldn’t keep it. Scripture says that the Law is good; and without it, man would have no way of identifying the work of death within his members. Without it, man would have no shadow or idea of what to look for in the coming Messiah. As a culture, Christianity has done a good job of demonizing this good thing given to us by our good God

      • Gordon Tippett says:

        Paul said in Romans 8:7-8
        For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed
        indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
        Paul wrote throughout his writings that because of our weal flesh we did not have the power to obey God’s law. And that this fact was the schoolmaster to lead us to our needfor Christ and salvation by grace through faith and not by keeping the Law. The New Covenant is a completely new system that replaces the old system and cannreplace it because Christ did fulfill it, bringbitvto completion. And so in Ephesians 2:14 -16
        For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
        Paul used the word “”abolish” because it is replaced by the new system of grace, relationship and its new dynamics.

        • Johann says:

          The article quotes Yeshua Himself saying that He didn’t come to do away with he Torah. The word fulfill in Greek doesn’t mean to abolish. It means to fill in the gaps. If the unchanging God gave a Law that His Word says was good; Then at what point did it become bad? Or when did the unchanging God change His mind about its goodness?

          Further, Paul never expressly said that the law was done away with. In fact, he says this in Romans 3:31:

          Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

          So if Yeshua kept it; nd Paul kept it (after the resurrection), why do Christians think we shouldn’t?

          • Anthony says:

            Halleluyah!!

          • Ernest says:

            1Jn 2:27, Jn 14:26, The responsible person to teach the Word is the Holy Spirit. Gal5:1-5 shows that there are two entities. The Law and the Gospel. If we put our self back under the law, Jesus and the covenant of grace, Jesus did nothing for us. Under the law, no one is free. You are totally back under Law of performance for righteous. Paul also said that to follow the Law is adultery because of the marriage relationship between believers and Jesus. So are you free from condemnation? Also what was finished? “It is finished”, Jesus said it the Cross? PTL

          • Gord says:

            So, in your view, we should still be offering animal sacrifices?

          • Curt says:

            You are absolutely correct in that the law was good. And it is still good because it teaches us of our deficiencies .. however, the law is weak in that it was unable to save us.
            Romans 8:3The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

          • Christopher Milligan says:

            @Gord, the idea that living within Torah in this day and age means we should be offering animal sacrifices is a false notion, because according to the very Torah, the act of offering animal sacrifices is forbidden away the physical temple within Jerusalem. The mitzvah was to be suspended
            during times of exile, and unnecessary when the temple was absent, since the main purpose of animal sacrifice, with the right heart state of course, was to cleanse the temple of sin for the dwelling presence. No physical temple, no need for temple cleansing, so no need for animal sacrifice. However, the prayers of the righteous, such as the psalms, the Our Father, as well as petitions, are an acceptable form of sacrificial offering, but must come from a right heart 🙂

          • Charlie says:

            So right!..we don’t follow his instructions to be saved. We follow them because we are saved..when we enter the new covenant with him, he shows us how to love. Love him, and love our fellow man.
            The entire law is summed up in this.
            “Whatsoever you would that someone does to you, do you also to them!.for this is the law and the prophets!”
            Or in other words, this is what the whole bible is about.

      • Christoffer says:

        Very good comment, I have also seen and heard this and did it myself before God opened my eyes.
        Yes so true, it is sad that as culture christianity has done a “good” job of demonizing this good thing.

        I so long for that we as believes would read the whole Word of God and be able to relate to it in it’s wholeness with open eyes.

        God is good!

        Thanks for this encouraging comment you made, it made me glad!

        /Christoffer

    • Lisa says:

      DEUTERONOMY 30:11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

      12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

      15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God[a] that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules,[b]

    • D. Shumaker says:

      Paul put it this way: the Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to / see our need for Christ. It revealed to us God’s unattainable standard for righteousness, which He imputes to us through faith that Christ’s sinless life and death paid the penalty for our unrighteousness – it satisfied the Law. God accepts the substitution of Christ’s righteousness for our sinfulness. We are declared righteous while remaining in a sinning state – in which we are to live befitting a redeemed child of Him who adopted us. Our joy and relief is
      that Christ declared us righteous, giving us the freedom to live pleasing to God, out of love and gratitude, without the cloud of sinless perfection hanging over us.

    • Paul Chapman says:

      This is true in as far as sinful, unconverted man is.

      “The carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7.

      The Law (Moral) convicts us of our sin, that we might realise our guilt and our inability to keep God’s Law.

      Christ, in coming to fulfill the law does two things.

      1. He died for our sins, suffering the full penalty of the Law, so that we don’t have to. Thus, offering forgiveness to us.

      2. He provided grace, through the Holy Spirit, to convict and convert us, so that we no longer walk a life of sin, but rather a life in the Spirit, whereby we fulfill the “righteousness of the law” in our own lives. (Romans 8:4)

      In other words, we live in obedience to the law only through the grace of Christ.

      “7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you…”

      If we are in the Spirit, we will not be walking according to the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 identifies the works of the flesh – if you look at the list, you’ll see all that is listed is things that are transgressions of the law. “They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

      Paul makes it clear again in Romans 13:8-10:

      “8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. ”

      So loving your neighbour as yourself is actually fulfilling the law. What Law? The Law that says, don’t kill, steal, lie, covet, etc. That is the Moral law.

      And this principle of loving your neighbour as yourself was not just a NT phenomenon. It lay at the heart of the OT law as well.

      “18 …thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18.

      This fulfills the last 6 commandments.

      “5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deut 6:5.

      This fulfills the first 4 commandments.

      Hence, Jesus confirmed the words of the Jewish scribe:

      “32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

      Hence Paul’s words in Romans:

      “Love is the fulfilling of the law”

      And Jesus himself:

      “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

      It is the Moral law that identifies sin and where we fall short in fulfilling the law of love. But it is the grace of God, in changing us, that enables us to fulfill the law:

      The New Covenant promise actually is to have the principles of the law now written in our hearts and minds:

      “10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” Roman 8:10.

      The article is spot on.

    • Timothy Roberts says:

      Hi, 1 John 5:3 says; “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” How would you suggest that this is reconciled with what you have said; “To me the law was given to show mankind that they never could fulfill the law no matter how hard one tries they can never do it!

    • Faith says:

      Glory to God!

  • Michael Scott says:

    Peter had a dream in which he was told that nothing which was created by God was unclean, interpreted as, the foods which the Jews were told not to eat was seen as being OK to eat, in the New Testament. Some laws were created to set the Jewish people apart from the surrounding peoples. Some of the laws were created FOR the NEW Jewish community, laws such as “an eye for an eye” were part of a NEW system created for the Jewish people, as the _limit_ to which such punishments should be given, not that if someone commits murder they should be executed, but that the punishment should be LIMITED to that sentence. I’d like to hear more discussion about these areas of the law in Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers.

    • Troy says:

      Michael
      Peters dream wasnt about what food you could or could not eat. God was using food in the dream to teach Peter about the Gentiles

    • Barney Rehm says:

      Peter himself interpreted his dream…that it rejected the Pharisaic idea that Gentiles, people, were unclean or common. Peter’s objection was to eating clean animals which were in close contact with unclean animals. God never told anyone to eat unclean animals… or that this law was abolished.

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Michael, Peter’s vision in Acts 11:8 is NOT about us eating clean or unclean animals, it’s about calling the Gentiles unclean because immediately after the vision, three men visit him from Cornelius’ house, and the Spirit told him to go with them, “MAKING NO DISTINCTION.” The point of the vision was not about eating animals clean or unclean but about the fact that God made no distinction between the Jews and Gentiles in regards to hearing the Good News.

      The vision of the sheet from heaven is usually interpreted to mean that the dietary laws in the Torah have been revoked. But this interpretation is not supported by the text.

      First, this interpretation contradicts earlier Scripture. If we accept the traditional interpretation (that God intended for His people to disregard the laws of clean and unclean), then we must concede that God has changed His mind and REPEALED His eternal and unchanging Torah. We are left with Holy Scripture that hopelessly contradicts itself. The result of such thinking is that no Scripture is certain, and no mandate of God is definite.

      A second problem with the “all foods clean” interpretation of Peter’s vision is that it is only a vision. The conventional understanding seems to assume that Peter proceeded to kill and eat the animals in the sheet, enjoying a sumptuous feast of WILD BEASTS, CATS AND LIZARDS….REALLY??!! In fact, Peter does not “kill and eat,” but responds correctly and lawfully, “By no means, Lord!” After this happens two more times, the sheet is withdrawn.

      Furthermore, the “all foods clean” interpretation is not part of the story. Though there is discussion of eating with Gentiles, there is no mention of eating unclean animals before or after the vision. Neither is that interpretation born out by the remainder of Acts, which continues to paint the believers as a Torah-observant sect of Judaism.

      • D. Shumaker says:

        The Torah, God’s schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, declared God’s unattainable standard of righteousness, which He imputes to us by faith in Christ’s once-for-all atonement. Paul reproved those who compelled the Gentiles (in Acts and the Epistles) to keep the ceremonial Law. There is no requirement to observe the feasts, say, of the Law but doing so is certainly beneficial to internalize the extent to which our imputed righteousness was attained through Christ’s substitutionary death. If we take his fulfillment – satisfaction before God – of the Law’s requirements, then there is no longer the need for the blood sacrifice and other sacrifices for sin ( stated in Hebrews). If we consider All of the Torah as eternal, unfulfilled and unsatisfied before God, then we should continue with ALL the sacrifices to pay for our sin – and RejecT Christ’s eternal atonement – thus remaining unredeemed. Do you observe all the sacrifices?

        • Azi says:

          The idea that God would institute an unattainable standard and demand obedience to said standard is a premise that is fundamentally flawed.
          It’s more problematic if you believe that Yeshua of Nazareth met this so-called unattainable standard.

          Either this man met the standard or he didn’t.

    • Charlie says:

      Those laws weren’t given to the Jews because they were Jewish laws. They were given because they were Gods laws! There is no way our messiah done away with them. There are some of the laws that apply to preists, some to women, some can only be kept if there is a temple. But like the article says, we need to go to the principle behind the laws. If we treat others the way we want to be treated we fulfill the law..

    • Terry says:

      The dream had nothing to do with food; the dream was to show Peter that he was not forbidden to go into the home of of Gentile and preach Christ to them.

  • nukes says:

    “Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matt. 5:17). If Christ has already fulfilled the Law through His death at the Cross as final sacrifice then anyone who has Christ has been freed from the requirements of the Law. Praise the Lord for His Great Love!

    • Arthur says:

      Amen.

      • Gerry says:

        I am baffled…really…if the law has been fulfilled and done away with through the death of Jesus why should I have to worry about sinning or not?… Christ fulfilling the requirements of the law, giving His life innocently for us who are guilty, in fact undelines the need for us to stay within the boundaries of the law, because that is how He lived and wants us to live also. The law guides and shows us how we should live, Christ died and saves those who believe, accept and live how He lived.

        • D. Shumaker says:

          God DeclareD us righteous by faith in Christ’s once-for-all atonement. So His rightoeusness is credited to our account – while we remain in a sinning state, just as incapable of achieving our own righteous as before our salvation. As Paul’s Epistles (the vast majority of the NT) make very clear, we are to live as becomes a child of God, who adopted us through Christ. There is no free pass for living in sinful deeds and desires because to do so spits on our identity in Christ and His atonement to secure it, and discredits Him before all who witness our lives. And sin always carries it’s consequences.

          • Paul Chapman says:

            We certainly do not remain in a sinning state when we live a life in the spirit.

            What would be more correct to say, is that we live with the possibility of sinning. But walking after the Spirit, we no longer live a life of disobedience to God. We live a life of loving obedience. Thus, we fulfill the law in our own lives, as Christ did in his.

            “21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” 1 Pet 2:21-22.

    • Barney Rehm says:

      The “handwriting of requirements” referred to a debt or IOU, the death penalty we owed… not God’s law, which are not burdensome, but for our good. Take the Sabbaths. Why would anyone call a commanded day off a burden? They are great blessings. The annuals Sabbaths, God’s Feasts are times of great, amazing blessing.

      • Dale Yancy says:

        Amen. Amen. Amen. Why would we call keeping the Torah a burden?

        Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
        18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

        Psalm 119:24 (NIV)
        24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Nukes, if the law has been fulfilled by Jesus and we no longer have to keep the law (to show our love for God, not for salvation)—what about the 10 commandments–are they still in effect for us today, or have they passed away??? And if the 10 commandments are still valid and in effect, are you keeping the Sabbath (the 4th commandment)?? Are you keeping the Sabbath as holy and set apart, and if not, why not? Why do you ignore the 4th commandment while considering the other 9 commandments as valid???

    • Terry says:

      Read 1 John chapter 2 recently??

  • toddh says:

    Try finding that ceremonial, civil, and moral distinction in scripture; it doesn’t exist. It’s simply hermeneutical gymnastics. The truth is that the 3 strands are so intertwined that they can’t be separated. Better to find a new interpretive paradigm.

    • Herb Nye says:

      If they cannot be unwoven into some sense then when Paul says he is not under the law but under the law of Christ he is intending it to be understood that he is saying, “I am not under the law, I am under the law.” hmmmm. Seems to me there is something twisted there.

      • Dale Yancy says:

        Herb,
        Paul wrote about 7 laws:

        1. The Law of God. This is simply all the instructions that we have received from our Creator. In Hebrew, this would be referred to as the Torah.

        2. The Law of Sin. Rom. 7:23-24. The context is that we are all under the law of sin. As Paul says to the Romans, “There is none righteous; there are none who seek after God.”

        3. The Law of Sin and Death. Rom. 8:2, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

        4. The Law of the Spirit. Rom. 8:2 (see above). 1 Cor. 2:13 speaks of being taught by the Spirit.

        5. The Law of Faith. Rom. 3:27–“Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.”

        6. The Law of Righteousness. 1 John 2:29 (ESV)
        29  If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
        Paul taught that as we obeyed the Law of Faith, it produced righteousness in our lives.

        7. The Law of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:21 (ESV)
        21  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

        Paul states that he is not outside the Law of God (Romans 3:31; 7:22-25) but under The Law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21).

        Paul is saying that he is in the Law of God and The Law of Christ, at the same time. Meaning what? They are the same thing.

        The Law of God (Instructions/Torah) = The Law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21)
        The instructions that Yeshua gave us are the same as the Law of God. Yeshua ONLY followed the Law of God. To follow the law of Christ is the same as following the Law of God..

        • Herb Nye says:

          1 Corinthians 9:20 Paul states he is not under the law of God (the law of God must be understood here or he is saying he became under the law of sin). 1 Corinthians 9:21 he says he is under the law (of Christ). He cannot be “not under” and under one and the same thing. The law of Christ has to be a different law. If it is not a different law then Paul is a false teacher when he tells the uncircumcised not to seek circumcision. That circumcision MEANS NOTHING. Only keeping the law of God. Each one should REMAIN in the condition they are called. (1 Corinthians 7:19, 20)

    • D. Shumaker says:

      OK. So we must resume all the sacrifices for sin… and RejecT Christ’s atonement that did away with them, remaining in our sins.

  • Gordon Tippett says:

    If we have to stringently obey the Ten Commandments then the 7th Day Adventists are correct in saying we still have to have a Saturday Sabbath.
    The 7th Day Adventists claim it was the Roman Catholic Church that changed the Sabbath Day.
    But Paul instructed the Corinthians about their giving in 1 Cor. 16:1-2: Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
    The Christians in the Apostles time met on Sunday not Saturday.
    Another argument they have is that Paul wentbto the synagogues to discuss the Gospel with the Jews. He had to. That is when the Jews assembled.
    The Spiritual fulfillment of the Saturday Sabbath is Hebrews for that talks about the rest we have in God because we have the Spirit of God living in us.
    Paul, the Apostle, did NOT make any distinction between moral law, ceremonial law or civil law. He said in Ephesians 2:14-15 that Christ broke down the wall 15 “ by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances.“ His words seems to be all inclusive of laws, commandments and ordinances.
    Under the Old Covenant they were slaves to God’s laws. Under the New Covenant we live by the Holy Spirit guiding us directly and through our conscience. And so now we are slaves to the Spirit which is Christ/God. And manytimes Paul wrote that he was Christ’s doulos-slave.

    • David Wright says:

      Sorry Gordon, I have to disagree.
      It is not just the Seventh Day Adventists that keep the 4th commandment, but also the many Messianic congregations of Jews and gentiles. Ex 20:11 records that the Lord made it (the seventh day) holy.

      I do not see the evidence that the early believers met exclusively on the first day, but rather that they met ‘day by day’.

      I would suggest that Paul’s instruction that collections should be made on the first day (1 Cor 16) is because financial matters would not be allowed on the shabbat.

      There is much evidence in the writings of the early church fathers that believers met together on the shabbat, and that they met in the synagogues. The edicts demanding first day services are a feature of the 4th CE.

      Is there also a strong case for abandoning any of the other commandments? In this day and age, should we not also abandon honouring parents and allow adultery?

      • Tim says:

        Yes, we are right 🙂
        and there is very little evidence from the Bible that the early church considered Sunday to be anything special.

        • D. Shumaker says:

          Understood. But in keeping with Paul’s dismissal of observing certain days as more important than others – with no exceptions given for the Sabbath Or the Lord’s Day – consider this: the PrinciplE of Sabbath is what’s eternal. The whole intent of Sabbath was to pause in attempts at self-provision in a deliberate remembrance and reliance on God to be our faithful Provider, and we but minor (though required) participants in providing for ourselves. This is more obvious in the stated rationale for observing the seventh and Jubilee years’ rest (Sabbaths) for the land, and by extension, for themselves. His people were to TrusT Him to provide enough beforehand to carry them during those years – and so also to provide enough in 6 days to suffice for 7th. .. There are ways we can observe Sabbaths every day, or week. Whether with a portion of every day, or week – or whenever we catch ourselves frantically working out of anxiety for not having “enough” – we can decide to take our hands off the plow of self-provision for a period of time, to breathe, to remind ourselves that it is He who provides and not we ourselves, to resolve to rely on Him to do so, and thank Him that He is faithful. This is my Personal way to observe the Sabbath because it observes what I believe God had in mind behind the commandment. Consider it valid or not as you will; I compel no one to do the same.

        • Esther says:

          There is plenty of evidence in the Bible that the first day of the week is very special. Look a little more closely and see what happened on that day.

      • Herb Nye says:

        How about the commandment to circumcise every male child in the 8th day. Paul told the Corinthians that his teaching in “all the churches” was that the uncircumcised were not to seek circumcision for “neither circumcision or uncircumcision counted for anything”.

      • Craig Oliver says:

        The Sabbath on the seventh day goes back even further than Ex 20:11. In Gen 2:3 it says “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.” To me that’s a big deal, and I find it hard to accept that Sunday is the now the day many people call the Sabbath. If you do the research you will find Constantine I changed it in 370 AD. He worshiped the sun, so thus Sunday. After that, a pope in the Catholic church accepted it as the day of rest for Christians. If Sunday was biblical, you would have thought Paul would have wrote about somewhere in the Bible, but he doesn’t. That would have been a pretty big change for the people, and would have needed some explanation.

      • Dale Yancy says:

        Yes David. You’re totally right.
        James speaking on behalf of the apostles and elders said:
        Acts 15:19-21 (NIV)
        19  “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
        20  Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
        21  For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”

        Notice that he said, “For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is READ in the SYNAGOGUES on EVERY SABBATH.” In other words, James was saying that we won’t burden these new Gentile believers with a lot of rules and commandments–just what is necessary for the time being so that they can have fellowship with their Jewish brethren. And, in time, as they hear Moses taught every Sabbath in the synagogue, they’ll LEARN and become obedient to the rest of the Torah.

      • Charlie says:

        Well said!

    • Tom says:

      Not a “slave” now but rather, a “son”!

    • Gerry says:

      Gordon I will have to affirm the Bible here…it says we are to obey the commandments…and commandments shouldn’t be taken to mean only the ten moral precepts but all that he requires of us. (but let’s focus on the one that so many wants to put aside) If love to God is the greatest commandment as stated by Jesus (God Himself) how can any person seek to change what he established at creation as His day of rest. It seems many forget that the day of rest (Sabbath) was not established with and for the Jewish nation…it was designated in creation week and reaffirmed with the calling of the Jewish nation as His chosen people…reminding them to keep it holy, for two reasons, He created and He delivered them from Egypt. There are those who would suggest that with the dawn of the christian church a new Sabbath was designated, but there is certainly no edict in scripture that this should be done, nor does it indicate that because Jesus is our rest that the day of rest is no longer to be observed. There is no doubt in my mind that if God saw it important to set aside and emphasise, (remember) the Sabbath day, if there was to be a change or setting aside for a new day, it would have been equally emphasised and stated.

      • Dale Yancy says:

        Gerry, here’s the rub–so many who misunderstand the keeping of the TORAH, think we’re talking about keeping it for salvation. We KNOW and FULLY UNDERSTAND that we are SAVED by GRACE through faith in Yeshua, by His blood atonement on the cross. He is our Passover Lamb, sacrificed for our sins so that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God, the Father.

        So often the Apostle Paul is misunderstood to be railing AGAINST the LAW but what he is attacking is the belief that keeping the LAW would bring salvation. He also at times is referring to the oral commands as laid down by the Pharisees (known as the Talmud) which were the traditions of men.

    • JUNIAS MANJOKOTA says:

      The old system replaced by the new system of law. In the covenant of of Grace there is only three laws which we need to obey completely LOVE, FAITH AND GRACE, Jesus said this

  • Prince says:

    Please follow the links below to watch and learn if the Old Testament laws given to the JEWS now binds CHRISTIANS:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU3o14MHs4A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpUPZj0vFxo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URL4utmBhyc

    God bless us all.

  • Hajo says:

    Point 2, civil law..

    What if we had obeyed the law? Would society be as it is now?

    And why do we want to change the society? Who or what drives us to do so?

    I personally wonder how much of the “civil” part of the law had been set to be close to the general society laws as they already excited….

  • Margaret Rodriguez says:

    Everything YHWH instructs is for our well being YHWH remains the same yesterday and today and tomorrow Yahshua shows us how to Love YHWH and One another Yahshua was loving YHWH even by dying so that all of creation can be restored and the accusers silenced forever Praise YHWH forever for They are One The Father The Son The Helper Are One And By The Grace of YHWH all of us will be One with YHWH Hallelujah

  • Colleen G says:

    I think most people would find the comparison between Deuteronomy 4:13, 9:9 and Hebrews 8:8-13 rather eye opening. In Deuteronomy the 10 commandments are described as the covenant on stone, aka the first covenant. We believers are clearly under the New covenant. Does this mean we can run around killing people, lying and committing adultery? Of course not. Believers have a new nature, the indwelling Spirit and have God’s command written upon their heart.

  • Chris Stinnett says:

    A pretty cursory reading (let alone a serious study!) of Hebrews 8-10 demonstrates beyond doubt that our new covenant in Christ is the covenant God offers to all humanity now. The former things were written for our instruction (Rom. 15:4), but the Sinai covenant was given to Israel, nobody else. The splitting of that Law into “ceremonial, civil and moral” is an attempt to retain what we prefer of that covenant and ignore what we don’t prefer. God doesn’t offer us a covenant on those terms. We can accept the covenant He offers us in Christ, or we can reject it. We are not offered the authority to rewrite it. If church leaders would simply study the change in covenants so clearly stated in Hebrews 8, a great deal of religious confusion would vanish.

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Chris,
      The New Covenant is referenced in Ezek. 36,
      Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NASB)
      25  “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
      26  “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
      27  “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

      God says that along with giving us a new heart and putting his spirit within us, and giving us a heart of flesh, He will CAUSE us to walk in God’s statutes and that we would be CAREFUL to observe His ordinances (the Torah).

      If we as New Testament believers are NOT supposed to walk in the Torah, why does John say, 1 John 2:4-6 (ESV)
      4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
      5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
      6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

      John says that if we say we KNOW Jesus, we should keep his commandments. What commandments? John says that we can know that we KNOW him is we WALK in the same way that Jesus walked. How did Jesus walk? He kept the Torah. He observed the Sabbath and kept it holy.

  • John Beaudoin says:

    Hey! It’s all Greek. Yeshua is the Lord name, it’s Hebrew, Jesus is a Greek translated word, not Hebrew. Torah is NOT Law, that’s also Greek. Torah in Hebrew is instruction/teaching. If you want the true meanings look at the Hebrew over the Greek, Remember, Yeshua was born Jewish, he went to Temple or synagogue, he partook in all the feast. Consider the original roots of the faith. Rome gave the title of christian to believer, search true history

  • Donald Gretel says:

    Most fail to understand that the Old Testament law was given to the Jews ONLY – proof Romans 2:14-15. Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
    Believers in Chrst’s blood and ressurection are under grace as the laws are written on man’s heart. 2 Corinthians 3:3
    Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:15
    What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. True believers are under God’s grace but continue to struggle with sin as Apostle Paul explains in Romans 7.

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Donald, I used to believe this, but the Lord has recently opened my eyes. The great mystery that Paul says has been revealed is the wall or barrier separating Jew from Gentile has been removed, and now there is one body and one spirit, and that means one law for Jew and Gentile as well.

      Ephesians 4:1-6 (ESV)
      1  I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
      2  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
      3  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
      4  There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
      5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
      6  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

      Jesus in Matthew 23:2-3 (ESV)
      2  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat,
      3  so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.

      Jesus aid we are to observe the teaching of the Pharisees, but not do what they do because they don’t practice what they preach.

      Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-19 (NIV)
      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.
      18  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
      19  Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

      Donald, Jesus said, “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called LEAST in the kingdom of heaven…..” Who is “anyone”? That includes you and me and everyone else.

      • Donald Gretel says:

        Dale,
        When reading the Bible one must always determine the verses are being directed to. Matthew 5:17 is being spoken to the Jews only. Every person ever born is either under the law or under God’s grace. Because no one can comply with the law those (again-see Hebrews 8:13) attempting to preach the law are following Moses, the law giver; however, that teaching is countered by verses like Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
        I stand firm on my original comment.

    • Charlie says:

      No,, I used to believe the same thing..
      People say, we are grafted I to Israël. Yet those laws don’t apply to me”
      Makes no sense. If you adopt a child he follows the rules of your house. Not the house he came from.
      They weren’t Jewish laws. They were Gods laws. The way he wants HIS people to live.
      You can’t have a new covenant without his laws. Because, he said he would write his laws on our hearts and minds. That IS the new covenant.
      The law isn’t bad. It’s the we need help through his spirit to live a life of righteousness..

  • Dale Yancy says:

    As a pastor and teacher of the Word for years since being saved at Billy Graham’s L.A. Crusade in 1963, I have recently had my eyes opened to the keeping of the Torah (God’s instruction). All my life in mainstream Christianity, I taught and was told that Jesus came to set us free from the Law, however, Psalm 119:44-45 tells us that God’s law brings freedom.

    Remember how we always say that we are NOT saved by works, but after we come to faith in Jesus, good works should be in evidence in our lives, produced my the Holy Spirit. Now I have come to realize that the good works that we are to WALK in after coming to Jesus is to walk in obedience to the Torah.
    1 John 2:3-5 (NASB)
    3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
    4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
    5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.

    The Greek for commandments is the same as used by the Lord when He is giving the Sermon on the Mount and says, Matthew 5:19 (ESV) 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Jesus is speaking here of the commandments (the Torah) and He says that whoever does these commandments (the Torah) and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Walking in and keeping the Torah begins with keeping the Sabbath Day as holy (set apart). This was my first step in understanding that the Torah is for us today (not as a means of salvation, but to show our love for God for God by keeping His commandments (instructions). Why do we say that we’re supposed to keep the 10 Commandments, yet the 4th commandment is ignored and shunned by the mainstream church. Why are we NOT to keep the 4th commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”

    When did God say that the Church did NOT have to keep the 4th commandment? When did God say that the Lord’s Day (Sunday) superseded the Sabbath? NEVER. There is NO scripture where God says that He switched the day of rest from Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday at sundown). It was changed by the Catholic Church, and it is a tradition of man, not a command of God. Jesus kept the Sabbath. The Apostle Paul and the other apostles observed the Sabbath and the Torah. Paul says in Romans 7:12 (ESV)
    12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

    Rather than saying “I don’t think, or I don’t feel” –you need to search out the Scriptures and rightly divide the Word, not allowing commentators, teachers, or pastors interpret the Word for you–Let Scripture interpret Scripture–then you will come to know the mind and heart of God on any matter. Don’t build your doctrine on one or a few verses–compare the doctrine based on the OT as well as the NT. All scriptural doctrines have their foundation in the Old Testament scriptures. When Paul says to Timothy that the scriptures made him wise unto salvation, he was referring to the Old Testament scriptures (Tenakh). There was NO New Testament when Paul was writing to Timothy.

    2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)
    15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

    • Donald Gretel says:

      Dale,
      1) Billy Graham taught Decision Theology but since everyone ever born is dead in sin, Ephesians 2:1-5, no one will seek god, Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. God must quicken man’s spirit as stated in 2 Cor. 4:6 and Ephesians 1:13-19.
      2) If anyone thinks they will be saved by following the law, they must keep the law 100% – James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. This is why Christ came – to fulfil the law through his blood and resurrection.
      3) See Ephesians 2:8 – 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Note it says, “not that of yourselves” meaning man plays no role in his salvation until God changes man’s dead spirit and makes man spiritually alive. Even faith is not ours, it is God’s faith he imputes to us.

      • Charlie says:

        None thinks they will be saved by following the law. Or, if they do, they are misled. Salvation was always by faith. Think of Abraham, he beloved God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Gods laws are eternal. Period. I don’t keep them to be saved. I follow them because he wrote his law on my heart and mind. New covenant.

  • Marcus Yap says:

    I would have to disagree to the blog writer based on several verses as indicated below. Our Lord Jesus mentioned the righteousness that EXCEED the righteouness of the Scribes and Pharisees. Its not about ‘keeping’ the law. Its sbout Jesus been the Righteousness that we need to abide in.

    Romans 10:3-4 (NKJV)
    3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
    4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

    They refers to the Jews people. They seeking to be establish on being close with God based on their “performance” based ( all the laws found on torah ) righteousness.
    They did not submitted to the righteousness that comes from God. And it clearly stated Christ IS the end of the law for RIGHTEOUSNESS ( been declare in right position ) to everyone who believes. He who believes in Christ as Lord and Saivour has already the Righteousness that exceeds the scribes and Pharisees.

    Also in Galatians 4:21-31 Paul helps us to understand concerning trying to keep cermonial law ,
    : Galatians 5:2-4 (NKJV)
    Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will PROFIT YOU nothing.
    3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.
    4 You have become estranged from Christ, YOU WHO ATTEMPT to be justified by law; you have FALLEN from grace.

    Therefore, the end matter is
    Galatians 5:5-6 (NKJV)
    5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    • Charlie says:

      Those people Paul was talking about were telling people
      “You can’t be saved unless you get circumcised.”
      They were adding too Christ’s sacrifice. Christ did not come to abolish the law but to show us how to live it. Period. We never ever keep the law to be saved. We keep it because we are saved. The new covenant is Him writing his law on our hearts and minds. What law? Well since there was no New Testament, it has to be his law written in the Torah. Right? Messiah came to empower us to live in love, which is his law. Not abolish the law!
      Whatsoever you would that men do unto you, do you also unto them. For this is the law and the prophets.
      In other words, this is what the whole bible is about.

  • Dale Yancy says:

    Marcus,
    These are Gentile converts that Paul is talking to in Galatians 4:8-20.
    They used to serve other gods. Now they know the true God.
    Even so, they GO BACK to weak and beggarly elements related to the god they used to serve. And thus, they DESIRE AGAIN to go back INTO BONDAGE related to the gods they used to serve.
    What they are TURNING BACK to is observing certain days, months, and years related to the gods they used to serve.

    Paul says in Galatians 4:10-11, “You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

    The assumption is that the observation of the days, months, and years are God’s Feast days, Sabbaths, etc. found in Leviticus 23 and therein lies the modern bias that is usually injected into this text. It rarely crosses anyone’s minds that the Gentiles worship the days, months and years of their sun-gods before they came into the faith of the One True God.

    How could we say that God’s appointed feasts are bondage? How can these HOLY days be considered bondage? When is something that God declares HOLY ever something that is “bondage”?

    How can these Gentile believers GO BACK to something that they NEVER used to do?

    It’s so easy to arrive at false assumptions when you ignore context and introduce a false paradigm.

    • Charlie says:

      Eaxcatly right! People think the weak and beggerly elements was God’s law. But no.. it was the garbage they used to follow!
      Well said!

  • Dr. Derek P. Blake says:

    God never changes, He is eternal both in His existence and in His standards and laws, He does not change His mind. The law was set, not only for an iron-age people but for all mankind for always, as the ideal for life. Like our civil law today, breaking the law has a penalty, a price to pay; when we break the law, we are under the law, after we pay the fine or serve the sentence we are no longer under the law. In the same way, if we break God’s law we become subject to the law and the penalty; but Jesus paid our fine for us, so when we confess and repent and ask for forgiveness, God forgives us through Jesus’ sacrifice, and we are no longer under the law.
    If Jesus had abolished the law, there would no longer be any sin, but clearly there is sin, otherwise we would not need a Saviour. We all sin and fall short, but fortunately Jesus paid the price, so we should try to obey the law out of love for Him.

  • Tony G says:

    Wow! This whole debate makes me very sad, to see believers arguing over a distinction without a difference. Instead of debating nuances of the minimum standards for salvation, why not look at what Christ himself said about who is saved?

    In Mat. 5, he told us His followers are saved. So, who are His followers?

    Well, in v3 – 10, you see the character of a Christian. In v21 – 30, he told us that not only does the law apply, but even more stringently, we are judged by what is in our hearts. Murder is against the law, but for His followers, hatred is the same as murder, and lust is as bad as adultery.

    In Luke 6:31, we were admonished to treat others as we would have them treat us. The law says to stone an adulterer. But, wouldn’t all of us want to be treated far better than the minimum standards required by the law? If we sin one time, wouldn’t we want to be forgiven rather than stoned to death?

    Jesus raised the standards higher than the law ever required. The new standard is to be like Him, not even sinning in our hearts. Those of us who love Him and meet that standard are his followers and will be with him in Heaven. But, we know that we all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23).

    So, we are all condemned by the law of perfection and the sins in our own hearts. And, under the law, there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood Heb 9:22.

    Fortunately for us, God loves us so much that he shed the blood of the perfect Lamb, his Son, as the atonement required by the law, in order to buy our redemption. (everyone know where to find this verse?)

    We commit the crimes against God’s law, and God purchases our freedom with the death of Christ Jesus. Who among us would do nothing or only the minimum to thank the One who killed His own Son to purchase our freedom for the crimes we committed against Him?

    Thus, arguing about the minimum standards we must comply with in order to get into heaven cheapens the gift. We need to be looking at how much more we can do to follow the laws of the one whom we offended but who paid for our transgressions.

    We did nothing to earn our freedom. Thus, we cannot boast about how well we adhere to the law, or which laws apply or don’t apply. They all apply, and we have broken all of them so we deserve nothing but death.

    The only reason we aren’t going to suffer for eternity in Hell is because he paid for those of us who accept His gift of forgiveness. If we believe, we are contrite and we do not boast or waste our time arguing about how little we can do to get away with our sins. We strive for the best, not the minimum.

    • Samuel Hofer says:

      Thanks for that brother!
      If we loved Jesus for what he did for us on the cross, we’d obey His commandments. Sermon on the MountMatt 5,6,7. What if Jesus meant every word he said?

    • Philip Moore says:

      Thank you for that, brother. Well said. God has always worked through covenants. It is clear from Heb 8:6-13 that the ‘first covenant’ is now ‘obsolete and outdated’ and, as such, ‘will soon disappear’ (whatever that means). All I know is that I am a partaker of the new covenant, sealed by the blood of Jesus, and so, as God said He would do, He has ‘put [His] laws in [my mind] and write[n] them on [my heart].’ So, yes, read the law to get an idea of God’s demands for righteousness, but under the new covenant, Jesus is now the righteousness of God. I no longer relate to God through the old covenant (trying to keep the whole Mosaic law in my own strength, which is futile), but through the new covenant, where I am learning to relate to God as Paul describes in Rom 7:6: ‘But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.’ Halleluyah!

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Tony G…I wanted to respond to this, but I was informed that I am responding too fast (even though this is my ONLY post on this topic TODAY)…so you won’t get my response for whatever reason…it was deleted and is not showing up. Too bad, because I thought it had merit…but apparently, they thought I was posting “too fast” whatever that mean????!!!

  • John Bratincevic says:

    Wow…moved to tears by some of the comments here. I was raised to live by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” – seeing others come to an understanding of what that means is very inspiring, especially the comments by Mr. Yancy.

    True righteousness is not just doing the physical acts of the law…the Pharisees did that. True righteousness is GOD’S righteousness…starting with faith. God lives in you through the Holy Spirit…the law is written on your heart…and you are God’s son. You will keep the Law, in the letter and in the spirit, JUST LIKE JESUS DID…not from “mere compliance”, but because God is in you and you are yielding to Him and becoming like Him. That’s God’s righteousness.

  • John Bratincevic says:

    I do have one specific criticism of the article, which stated that “Jesus was often accused by the Pharisees of violating ceremonial law.” This is misleading and implies that Jesus actually broke some ceremonial point of God’s law, in which case He would NOT have been sinless. The Pharisees either accused Him FALSELY or accused Him of not following the “traditions” of the oral law – for example, the washing of hands referenced in Matthew 15.

    The big picture point of the article is correct (it IS about the heart and attitude and God living in us!) but the implied conclusion that Christians can simply omit or dispense with aspects of God’s Law they consider unimportant or “ceremonial” is simply incorrect.

    Tony G is right – we’re trying to live to the highest standard, not the minimum.

  • Samuel Hofer says:

    Jesus’s new laws: Matthew 5,6,7

    • Dale Yancy says:

      Jesus had NO new laws. He kept the Torah implicitly…otherwise he would have been considered a sinner, and John says we should follow his example.
      1 John 2:6 (NIV)
      6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

  • Daniel Frederico says:

    This sounds very covanental. Even if the law was split up into those three categories it wouldn’t matter. We are in no way obligated to follow any of the mosaic law. James says. “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” And see there, James puts the whole Law into one category. He does not split it into three.
    So, if we transgressed the “ceremonial” or the “civil” part of the law, we then are guilty of transgressing the “moral” part as well. But since those don’t really exist, God’s law is God’s law and God didn’t put any categories to His law, so we are not obligated to obey Torah. Jesus fulfilled the Law for us so that we wouldn’t have to. That is why He says He didn’t come to abolish but fulfill the Law.

  • Shayne Higgins says:

    The law is in the singular, so it is a complete package.You are under the Law of the Messiah not the Law of Moses, and remember the Sabbath was not a moral law it was a judicial law,I’ve come not to abolish but to fulfill, the emphasis in the Greek is on the word fulfill. Remember a text out of context in light of its co-text becomes a pre-text.Cotext,context,context

  • Eldon says:

    If we live according to 1 Cor. 13, what more is there. Remember what Paul said in Romans 10:9. “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  • Christopher Milligan says:

    The claim that the law was done away with or made unnecessary is similar to one spoken by another group a few years back

    Act 6:13 — Act 6:14
    They (some scribes and elders) also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.”

    Others also said to a group of pretty important guys in Jerusalem

    Act 21:21 — Act 21:24
    but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs… …do what we tell you… …that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.

    Paul was already aware that pain and suffering awaited him in Jerusalem, yet he was bold enough to go there anyway. He also did not hold back in rebuking Peter when he found him being swayed by those under the law, that is converts to Judaism. Paul was a loyal and bold man both before and after meeting the messiah, if he didn’t agree with the decision to make it known that what was told regarding him was false hearsay, he would have surely corrected the council. Being the honest man that he was, he didn’t correct them, he filled their decree because the rumours were false.

    Now back to Stephen, he was martyred for the cause of messiah under false charges provided by “false witnesses”. My (admittedly rhetorical) questions are:
    How on earth did the church come to take the side of the false witnesses, as well as an early Antichrist (Antiochus IV)?
    As those who are grafted into Israel, how did we get turn ourselves so turned around that we’ve come to think of a code of law which foreshadows life in the millennial kingdom, as not only negative, but something to be discouraged if not condemned by believers, Jew or Gentile, male or female, free or bond?

  • David says:

    Well said Christopher.

    What will be the law of the land when Yeshua returns? Torah (written not rabbinic oral law! but that is another subject)

    • Christopher Milligan says:

      Thank you David.

      I do believe Torah, guided by messiah’s halachah (teachings about how to walk out the law) will be the law of the land. Since evil will be bound for a thousand years ( Satan in Christianity and our evil inclination according to Judaism, Paul refers to the EI as ‘the flesh’ and ‘the old man’) and Gods dwelling presence (messiah) will live among us, we will be enabled to more fully uphold and walk in the law with love.
      I have a personal theory, that the proximity of a gentile’s dwelling to Jerusalem in the kingdom will be based on their personal desire to guard and observe Torah. This will be similar to a Jew gaining priest like status in the temple during the period of a Nazarite vow.

  • Terry Shelton says:

    I’m intrigued by your words “it requires strict obedience”. Does that also refer to the fourth commandment, which requires the observance of the seventh day as the Sabbath? In my experience, most Christians today side-skirt this issue, or use human reasoning to explain why they do it different that what is specifically written in Exodus 20:8-11. It’s worth taking a look at.

    • Christopher Milligan says:

      Contrary to the opinions expressed regarding Jewish observance of the different laws, how ridged or lax the laws were to be walked out depended on how much a recognised leader bound or loosed commandments for those under their care. Religious leaders had authority to make observance of laws heavier or lighter but lacked the authority to break or nullify the laws.

      Terry,
      Regarding Yom Shabbat (sabbath day) and its connection with Yom Shevii (the seventh day or more specifically day seven) in the Decalogue accounts shown both in numbers and Deuteronomy, as the exiled community’s temporal paradigm shifted from the Jewish lunar to a Roman solar calendar (based on many social and political factors between Neronian rule and the end of the failed Bar Kochba revolt), the widening gap between the exiled Jewish and gentile communites led to a growing ignorance of the Jewish weekdays which allowed for a loosing of which day constituted the seventh day. Thankfully God meets us in our ignorance, and I believe he will continue to, until messiah returns to set up his kingdom, when he will reinstate the Jewish temporal paradigm along with his kingdom Torah.

  • Akie says:

    What are everyone’s thoughts on revelation 12:17?

    • Christopher Milligan says:

      Personally, I’d say that they are possibly messianic gentiles who hold onto messiah, and try to love God with their whole heart, soul and strength, and their neighbour as themselves. They aren’t bound to the 613 mitzvot through the Sinai covenant, but still strive and live by what they can. The Lord will provide them with the strength to endure during the great persecution and eventual martyrdom and receive the crown of life.

  • Hubert says:

    Romans 3:20
    Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

    It’s all about righteousness leading to salvation

    The old covenant said you made righteous by obedience of the law; but this was and is impossible as Rom 3:20 says.

    But under new covenant, justification or salvation is by faith in completed work of Jesus only. Even the Old Testament saints Moses, David, Elijah etc were justified by faith

    The moral law gives us the compass – but we are not compelled to follow the Law, now we LIKE to be obedient to the Law as the Holy Spirit residing in us compels us to

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