for the Faith
The Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians.
None of the Old Testament law is binding on us today.
When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law.
An exposition of Romans 10:4, which says: "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." ... will help in understanding what is means that Christians are not under the law. The apostle Paul clarifies the effects of original sin in Romans 2:12, stating "For all who sin apart from the law will perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law." All men stand condemned before God, whether they are Jews or not, or to put it another way, whether they have the Law of God or not. Paul also states "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
If we are without Christ, we are justly condemned in God’s sight by the Law that was given to His servant Moses. However, we might argue that those who are not Jewish and therefore do not benefit from the knowledge of the Mosaic Law (including the moral and ceremonial laws), should not be condemned in the same way. This is dealt with by the Apostle in Romans 2:14-15, where he states that the Gentiles have the essence of God’s legal requirements already ingrained and so are just as much without excuse.
The Law is the issue that has to be dealt with in order to bring us into a right relationship with God.
This passage reveals that the Law cannot justify or make righteous any man in God’s sight, which is why God sent His Son to completely fulfill the requirements of the Law for all those who would ever believe in Him.
The origin of the Sabbath goes back to Creation. After creating the
heavens and the earth in six days, God "...
rested on the seventh day
from all His work which He had made" (Genesis
2:2). This doesn’t mean that God was tired and needed a
rest. We know that God is omnipotent, literally "all-powerful." He has
all the power in the universe, He never tires, and His most arduous
expenditure of energy does not diminish His power one bit.
Once the New Covenant was
established by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the New
Testament nowhere describes Christians setting aside the Sabbath day as
the day of worship.
Romans 14:5 states, “One man considers one day more
sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one
should be fully convinced in his own mind.”
These Scriptures make it
clear that, for the Christian, Sabbath-keeping is a matter of spiritual
freedom, not a command from God.
In place of the Old Testament law, we are under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39 ESV). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). Now, this does not mean the Old Testament law is irrelevant today. Many of the commands in the Old Testament law fall into the categories of “loving God” and “loving your neighbor.”
The Old Testament law can be a good guidepost for knowing how to love God and knowing what goes into loving your neighbor. At the same time, to say that the Old Testament law applies to Christians today is incorrect.
“This is the love of God: that we keep His commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3). The Ten Commandments were essentially a summary of the entire Old Testament law. Nine of the Ten Commandments are clearly repeated in the New Testament (all except the command to observe the Sabbath day). Obviously, if we are loving God, we will not be worshipping false gods or bowing down before idols.
If we are loving our neighbors, we will not be murdering them, lying to them, committing adultery against them, or coveting what belongs to them.
What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law, but did not abolish it?
The purpose of the Old Testament law is to convict people of our inability to keep the law and point us to our need for Jesus Christ as Savior (Romans 7:7-9; Galatians 3:24). The Old Testament law was never intended by God to be the universal law for all people for all of time. We are to love God and love our neighbors. If we obey those two commands faithfully, we will be upholding all that God requires of us.
If Christ fulfilled some of it, such as the sacrificial system, He fulfilled all of it.
In Matthew’s record of what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, these words of Jesus are recorded:
It is frequently argued that if Jesus did not “abolish” the law, then it must still be binding. Accordingly, such components as the Sabbath-day requirement must be operative still, along with perhaps numerous other elements of the Mosaic Law.
assumption is grounded in a misunderstanding of the words and intent of
this passage. Christ did
not suggest here that the binding nature of the law of Moses would
remain forever in effect. Such a view would contradict everything
we learn from the balance of the New Testament (Romans
Jesus fulfilled the law. Jesus fulfilled all of the law. We cannot say that Jesus fulfilled the sacrificial system, but did not fulfill the other aspects of the law.
Jesus either fulfilled all of the law, or none of it. What Jesus' death means for the sacrificial system, it also means for the other aspects of the law.
A final warning to the Lost Tribes of Hazzard.
The Old Testament law is a unit (James 2:10). Either all of it applies, or none of it applies.
The Mosaic Law caused people, after Christ came, to see that they couldn’t keep the Law but needed to accept Christ as personal Savior, for He had fulfilled the Law in His life and paid the penalty for our breaking it in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 3:24; Romans 10:4). "For Christ is the end of the law ... to everyone who believes."
The believer in Christ has the very righteousness of the Law fulfilled in him as he obeys the Holy Spirit (3rd person of the Trinity) who lives within him (Romans 8:4).
No Sabbath keeping, or keeping the OT Feasts will save anyone.
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13
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