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- God's Law In The New Covenant

Perhaps one of the more complex topics of Christianity is in regards to "the law." Most of Christianity reject "the law" as being done away with. They say that the new testament books do away with the teachings of the old testament books. This belief is exclusively due to how the writings of the apostle Paul are misinterpreted. But Peter himself warns of the complexity of understanding Paul's writings and that many will twist and distort his writings. Paul's writings are inspired and are true, but it is of utmost importance to harmonize ALL of scripture when interpreting it. The context of Paul's writings must be fully studied and considered to understand what he is saying. Paul's writings are like looking at someone's mail. We see his letters, but what we don't readily see is the circumstances and past to which Paul is writing about. 

But consider that the old and new testament portions of the Bible are named and created by man, not God. Consider that the old testament books are not synonymous with the old covenant. We have to be very careful in how we define our terms. The old covenant is seen in the old testament but they are not one and the same. You will see that the old covenant and new covenant both have the same law, except the old covenant is written on tablets of stone and the new covenant(same law) is written in our hearts and minds. The old covenant consists of the sacrificial system and the levitical priesthood, which teaches us about and leads us to Christ. The new covenant consists of Christ replacing the sacrificial system with his better sacrifice once and for all. The new covenant also consists of Christ replacing the levitical priesthood with his better and eternal priesthood. The old covenant requires the death penalty for our sins. The new covenant requires the death penalty for sin as well, only Christ paid that penalty for us. But the Torah law, the law of Moses, or God's law, is a constant between both the old and new covenants. Keep in mind that this page is to be read in conjunction with the page Is The Sabbath Day Still Holy?, as there are additional verses to consider that specifically pertain to the Sabbath which are further evidence to the continuation of God's law down to our day. Please prayerfully consider the following study...

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The Torah Not Abolished

Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 5:24 (Isaiah prophecies of punishment given in the last days for casting away the law of the Lord. This verse is clear that God's law was not abolished. Let us not be apart of these people that are punished for forsaking God's law in the last days.)

And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. Acts 28:17 (It is often taught that Paul was anti Torah, yet we see here Paul defending himself against people making the same false accusations. Paul says he has committed nothing against the customs of their fathers. Paul kept the Torah and was not against it.)

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Rom. 3:31 (Paul once again validates the law of God in the Torah. We are not to make it void, but we establish the law. What else could this verse possibly be saying? It is perfectly clear that Paul was not anti Torah law.)

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Isaiah 42:21 (Christ never came to abolish the law. His purpose was to magnify and honor it. He expanded upon it and revealed to us the spirit of the law and its purpose.)

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroybut to fulfil. Matt. 5:17 (He came not to destroy the law. Say that over and over until it sticks in your mind. To fulfill the law doesn't contradict or reverse that statement. The word fulfil means to fill to the brim; to make full; to fill up, to fill to the full; to cause to abound; carry into effect; bring to realisation; to cause God's will to be obeyed as it should be. It does NOT mean that Christ obeyed so that we don't have to.)

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:18-19 (Has heaven and earth passed away? No. Has ALL been fulfilled? No. This verse is absolutely clear that God's law was not abolished.)

John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Matt. 3:14-15 (IF we no longer need to obey the law because Christ fulfilled it by obeying it, then we also no longer need to be righteous or be baptized because righteousness was “fulfilled” when Christ was baptized by John.) 

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:12 (This description doesn’t sound like something God would want to abolish.)

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. Acts 28:23 (Paul didn't teach out of the new testament books because they were not available at that time. He taught from the law of Moses called the Torah, which is God's law, and from the books of the prophets. Paul didn't seem to be aware that these "old testament" books were no longer good for teaching.)

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. Psalm 19:7 (Would God, that changes not, abolish a perfect law?...Of course not.)

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. 3:6. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Heb. 13:8 (The ways of God do not change.)

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Prov. 28:9 (God is clearly not pleased with those that do away with his law.)

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10 (Jesus came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil. And this verse tells us the definition of love, which is to fulfil the law. Would God do away with love?”...Of course not. We are distorting God's word to say that some vague definition of love replaces the law.)

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. Heb. 8:10 (God’s laws seem to be in effect in a future time “after those days” for Israel.)

For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:46-47 (Jesus aligns himself with the teachings of Moses, which was the Torah.)

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen. 26:5 (This verse shows that the God’s law, commandments, and statutes preceded Moses and that Abraham kept them.)

They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. John 8:39 (Jesus tells us that the works of Abraham and the works of his children are not different, but the same.)

Deut. 28 states the blessings and curses of obeying or disobeying God’s Torah law. Please take time to read this chapter for yourself. The present condition of the world today seems to suggest that we are receiving the curses and is thus evidence of God’s Laws being broken and still being in affect. The majority of God's people have no doubt rejected his law in the Torah and the specific consequences of that are precisely seen in our world today.

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. Rom. 2:13 (We are not just to hear, but also be doers of the law. It was most definitely not abolished.)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 7:21 (The Father's will is that we love God and love our neighbors. And that is accomplished through obedience to the law.)

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Gal. 3:10

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Rom. 2:17-29 (Both Jew and Gentile are taught to keep the law of God which is in the Torah of the "old testament" books.)

The Commandments Of God

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Eccl. 12:13 (If there was ever one single verse that sums it all up, this is it. These commandments are revealed in the Torah of the "old testament" books. These same commandments are also taught in the "new testament" books.)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. I John 5:3 (Here we have one of many examples of a "new testament" book teaching the "old testament" commandments that were supposedly done away with. People always talk about loving God. This verse plainly tells us how to do this. And the last part of this verse shows that his commandments are not a burden as many people claim them to be.)

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James 2:10-11 (The 10 commandments are referenced when talking about the law. The 10 commandments are the foundation of God's law, which is the Torah. So these "new testament" books are validating the Torah when it speaks of obeying the commandments.)

This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. II John 6 (I think it's time to start loving by God's definition, which comes from the teachings in the Torah.)

O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Deut. 5:29 (This verse validates the eternal nature of his commandments. They were not to be done away with at the cross, but are "forever.")

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matt. 19:16-19 (If there is any doubt as to what God’s commandments are, Jesus tells us by quoting from the 10 commandments. It doesn't matter that not all the commandments were quoted. This is simply drawing the connection to what God's commandments are, which are given in the teachings of the Torah.)

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14:12 (The saints at the end of the age will be keeping the commandments revealed in the Torah of the "old testament" books.)

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev. 12:17 (We again see that God's people after Christ should be obeying the commandments in the Torah of the "old testament" books.)

Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. I Cor. 7:19 (There are some things from the old covenant such as circumcision that are no longer binding, but keeping God’s commandments is not done away with, and these commandments are found in the Torah of the "old testament" books.)

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. I John 2:3-4 (The verse is pretty self explanatory.) 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Psalm 111:10 (God grants understanding to those that obey him.)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33 “For all Your commandments are righteousness.” Psalm 119:172 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16 (Righteousness is obeying God’s commandments, and thus becoming God’s servant. Sin is not obeying God’s commands, and thus being the servant of someone or something else)

No Law = No Need For A Savior

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. I John 3:4 (This verse plainly tells us the definition of sin. Forget about what you think sin is and hear what God says it is. Without the law, there is no sin.)

For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:13 (Sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, thus the law must have been in effect. God must have taught Adam and Eve his law or else they could not have sinned.)

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Romans 7:7 (Sin and God's law go hand in hand. You can not have one without the other. A couple of the 10 commandments are directly linked to being apart of God's law.)

Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15 (And without transgression of the law, there is no sin, and thus no need for a savior. So if you do away with the law, you deny the need for Christ's sacrifice. That's a dangerous direction to go.)

The Distortion Of Paul's Letters

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 2 Pet. 3:15-17 (The description of those that distort Paul's writing are that they are lawless. These people deny God's law. Paul was not lawless, but a doer of God's law, the Torah.)

For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:4 (Those that reject the law of God pervert the grace of God and are granting a license to sin. This is not what God intended.)

Context, Context, Context

But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Gal. 3:23-25 ("Schoolmaster has also been interpreted as "guardian" or "tutor." The law is our teacher. It brings us to Christ. So what part of the law brings us to Christ? The sacrificial system and the levitical priesthood brings us to and teaches us about Christ because Christ replaced these two aspects of the law. But we must understand that when the Bible mentions the law, it isn't always talking about the same thing every time, so we must be very careful not to just make it mean what ever we want it to mean. The other aspects of the law do not bring us to or teach us about Christ. It can also be said that when you go to school and learn about math, for example. Once you get out of school, you don't stop applying the math principals that you learned in school. Those math principals are now within your mind and you carry that with you through the rest of your life even though you are not being graded anymore. Just the same, the law teaches us how we are to conduct ourselves on this earth. But when we come to faith in Christ as sons of God, we then have the law written in our hearts and we take that with us as we apply it for the rest of our lives even though we are no longer under the penalty of the law, which is death.)

For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. Heb. 7:18 (Does this verse teach that the law was done away with? No, this verse is in the context of the change from the levitical priesthood to Christ being our eternal high priest. The levitical priesthood was weak and unprofitable, but it was put into place to teach us and show us the role that Christ plays for us as our better, and eternal high priest. We can't just take a verse by itself and strip it from its context. We must be very careful not to add to what the scriptures are saying.)

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb. 10:8-10 (Does this verse teach that the law is done away? No, this verse is in the context of the sacrificial system and nothing more. Jesus replaced the sacrificial system with his better sacrifice once and for all. Again we must be very careful not to add our own biases to what the scripture is saying.)

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col. 2:13-14 (Does this verse teach that the law was nailed to the cross and done away with? No, this verse is talking about our sin being nailed to the cross and taken out of the way. What are the handwriting of ordinances? We must again be careful not to insert our bias here and make it mean what we want it to. Were the ten commandments against us or contrary to us? No, of course not. Sin was against us, the added traditions of man's oral law was against us. But it would contradict much of scripture to suggest that everything in the old testament scriptures were done away with.)

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Rom. 7:4-6 (We must be VERY careful when the scripture references the law. What law is being talked about? It's not talking about the Torah law. We are to die to the law of sin and death. That is the law being talked about here when we consider the context of the surrounding words. Not to mention, we must interpret Paul's writing carefully because Peter himself told us that his writings are hard to understand and that many people distort it. We must make sure that his difficult to understand verses are interpreted in harmony with the rest of scripture.)