Hi Dear Friend,
Greetings to you in Jesus name.
Today I would like to share one of the controversial topic, Should we keep the Law of Moses?
- Law was given to Israelite.
First thing we should know is that the Law of Moses was not given to us, it was given to the Israelites.
The Bible consists of history, gospels, church history, letters to churches Paul ministered, epistles to the believers and prophetic book. Can we apply it into our life? Yes we can and we have to. Before you apply Bible into your life and situation it is more important that you interpret the Bible correctly. Good Exegesis results in good interpretation.
Paul says, the law (of Moses) applies to those to whom it has been given. Rom 3:19a.
Law of Moses was given to the Israelites but Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God for the whole humanity. John 1:29; 3:16.
- Law puts you in bondage:
The people of Israel were stuck with the Law of Moses with lots of do’s and don’ts, they were law conscious. The law was given so that people should have no excuses but be guilty before God, because they couldn’t keep it anyways.
The law couldn’t give new life, therefore we were all prisoners to sin, and therefore we receive freedom by believing in Jesus Christ. Gal 3:21-22
Jesus said, come unto me all who are labor and heavy laden, I will give you rest. Matt 11:28, actually the people under law were under the bondage because they couldn’t keep it no matter how hard they tried, Jesus is inviting them to rest by just believing in Him not by following and keeping it.
Jesus said, you will know that truth (Jesus) and the truth will set you free (from every burden). John 8:32
- Law brought condemnation:
Paul said, for when I tried to keep the law it condemned me. Gal 2:19.
No one could perfectly keep the law, but Paul was faultless regarding the law Phil 3:6b, yet he said, law condemned him. But Jesus Christ came to set from free from condemnation.
Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:1
- Law was temporary:
Law was not given to Adam (The first man) and it’s not given to the church, it was only given to the Jews.
Gal 3:19: The law was designed to last only until the coming of the promised child (Jesus Christ).
Jesus was God in human form on earth, when He lived the law broke because He out lived it. The sermon on the mount Matt 5 -7, He gave a new standards regarding murder, adultery, giving….. He is greater than the law, law bowed before Jesus. Now when you believe Jesus, you live all the laws of the OT.
Jesus has put an end to the system of law with its commandments and regulations. Eph 2:15
- Law brought punishment/death:
The law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. Rom 4:15. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break.)
Law was given because of the sin and rebellion, which will always result in guilt, punishment and death.
2 Cor 3:6: The old written covenant (Old Testament law) ends in death, under the new covenant the spirit gives life.
Jesus said, I am the life. I have come to give you life and that too more abundantly. John 14:6, 10:10b
- Law doesn’t make you right:
We are made right with God through faith (In Jesus Christ) not by obeying the law. Rom 3:28. Gal 2:16.
For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given, as a result all who believe in Him are made right with God. Rom 10:4. In other words, Jesus is the end of the law, when you put your faith in Jesus who is perfect, you are made perfect.
- Law was a guardian:
Why was law given?
Before the faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Gal 3:23.
The law teaches us the need of salvation but God’s grace in Jesus Christ gives salvation.
God reveals His nature, His will for humanity, His moral laws and his guidelines for living, but we cannot be saved by keeping the law, we must put our trust in Jesus Christ.
- Law was the shadow.
So don’t let anyone condemn you of what you eat or drink or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadow of the reality yet to come and Christ Himself is that reality. Col 2:16-17
Old Testament laws, holidays, festivals pointed towards Jesus Christ. Paul calls them ‘shadow’ of the reality that was to come – Christ Himself. When Jesus came He dispelled the shadows, if we have Christ we have what we need to know and please God.
Jesus is greater than any law, He is greater than any holiday, He is greater than any food/drink, He is greater than any festival. Jesus is the Lord over everything!
Conclusion: Jesus is all you need in this life time, walking with Him every day is the greatest thing you can ever do, reflecting Jesus is the purpose for which you live in the world.
God Bless You,
Jeevan n Leena.
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