Does the Law still Exist?

There is much divide in the Christian World about whether the laws in the Old Covenant / Hebrew Bible are still valid, since we have a better one.  Many Christains are doing away with the laws while some are returning to the Jewish/Hebraic roots of them.  Lets examine what the word says and decide from there:

1 Jesus siad in Matthew 5:17 – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

2.  Paul writes in Galations 3:13 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree:

3. Luke writes to the Council in Jerusalem in Acts 15:19-20  Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

From these scriptures we can deduce:

1. Jesus Himself said the law is not eradicated

2. If the law was not in effect, then there would be nothing Christ had to redeem us from

3. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law…but not the blessings of it

4. Acts mentions the 3 most important laws from the Hebrews that “gentiles” should keep:

*     a. anything related to idolatry

*    b. keep oneself pure in sexuality

*    c. not to eat meats that were not properly killed for digestion. This includes not eating:

***           1. animals that died naturally

***          2. animals tortured before or during death

***         3. animals that died by predator attack of another animal

5.  Not allowed to drink blood ( for the life of a thing is in its blood and the Lord forbade this).

If my analysis has some error, please share!


2 Responses to “Does the Law still Exist?”

  1. 1 George Toney 06/25/2012 at 7:28 pm

    Beautifully written! Oftentimes, Christians confuse the term “schoolmaster” in Galatians 3:24 as the entire law of God. However, In the 19th verse it reads, “Wherefore then serveth the law, it was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made…” The word “law” is used more than one way in the scriptures. Here, “law” is used as the temporary law of sin sacrifice. This law was “added” because of sin. To add a law means that a law was already in effect. This was a law that was added because of sin and therefore its function was temporary until Christ should come. Matthew 5:17 given by the previous blogger demonstrates Christ did not come to “destroy the law.” In Gal 3, this law was only in effect until Christ should come, but in Matthew Christ says this law will not be destroyed when he comes. This means one is temporary and one is forever. These are speaking of two different laws. In Matthew 5:18 it reads, “til heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law til all be fulfilled” In summary, when the bible uses the word law, the question we must ask is what law? We must keep the whole law, and this included the faith of Christ. Moses gave gave the law and is therefore the lawgiver. In Deuteronomy 18:18 God told Moses that he will raise up another prophet “like unto thee.” This means that the coming prophet would have unique characteristics like Moses. This prophet was Christ. Moses commanded the people that they should hear this prophet. Therefore it is a commandment to accept and believe Christ and his teachings because of the commandment from Moses, who got his commandments from God.

    • 2 christiancorner3 07/03/2012 at 4:50 am

      Wow. First, thank you. Second, Amen. Third, I appreciate the Scripture in Matthew as I was thinking of it as I started to read your reply. You have revealed something that most dont consider: that there was two distinct laws reference. Excellent point and argument. Very refreshing piece of clarity.

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