The Old Law Doesn't Apply to Us, Period!

IMGStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Perhaps the most literal way to rightly divide the Word of truth is to understand the division between the old and new testaments. What parts still apply and which don’t? Many are as confused about this topic as I once was, so I sought the truth on this matter for myself, and God in His grace gave me the answers to all my questions.

Are We Under the Law, or Not?

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Romans 6:14-15 (KJV)

Much of this confusion in the body of Christ is centered around old testament law keeping, and because of those who have snuck into the churches and infiltrated them as Jude warned us, there is no Godly biblical teaching on the subject (Amos 8:11 KJV). To find the truth these days we can no longer go to the churches, but must seek them for ourselves; and the only way to do so is on our knees.
So what exactly did Paul mean when he said that we are no longer under the law, but under grace? This question gets us to the heart of the matter. Opinions are worthless, so let’s look at some more scripture to get our answer.

Yes, the Law is Still in Effect

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.
Matthew 5:18 (KJV)

Quite often this verse is quoted out of context in order to muddy the waters and make it seem as if Christ preached Mosaic Law keeping. But here it is in context:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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.
Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV)

With verse 17 intact we get a deeper understanding of why Christ went to the cross, which was to fulfill the Old Law. What does that mean precisely? More scripture coming up.

But Jesus Paid the Penalty for Us

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29 (KJV)

One of Jesus’ titles is the ‘Lamb of God’ for good reason. You see, under Mosaic Law a lamb was sacrificed in order to pay the penalty for the sins of men to God. If you look at Exodus 12 we can see that not just any lamb would do. This is important. Only a lamb that fit certain criteria was fit for sacrifice to God. Particularly it had to be without spot and blemish, physically perfect.

But when Jesus went to the cross He became that Lamb of God. And His perfection in keeping the law was critical to Him being a worthy sacrifice. For example, if He had given in to any of Satan’s temptations in the desert He would have immediately disqualified Himself from being perfect. So why did Jesus who was both fully God and man need to be perfect? Because His mission was to fulfill the Law for all mankind. So when Jesus Christ shouted “It is finished!” from the cross it was the old testament Law that he finished or fulfilled for all the world! Glory to God!

Being a Christian Means Unequivocally Accepting Jesus Sacrifice in Our Place

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Romans 6:14-15 (KJV)

Now when we sin it is no longer possible to obtain forgiveness through sacrificing a Lamb. Why? Because it is now the old law. Under the new Law we who have chosen to follow Christ now invoke His blood that was shed for us upon that cross when we transgress.

So Who is Under the Old Law?

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:19-20 (KJV)

If we are no longer under the old Law then who is? Unbelievers! Notice how it says that no one will be justified from their sins (forgiven) by keeping the Law? The old Law is not dead for the unbeliever, but we who are followers of Christ are dead to that old Law. What does that mean?

What Does it Mean to be Dead to the Law?

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:9-12 (KJV)

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 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.
Romans 7:2-4 (KJV)

Old law, new law. Old testament, new testament. Knowing the difference is what ‘rightly dividing the Word of truth’ entails. We are no longer required to keep the old Law any more than a widow is required to be faithful to her dead husband. So simple a child could understand!

How Do We Know the Law Then?

But how do we know the Law if we are dead to it? Are we lawless? Can we now break the ten commandments at will and put it on Jesus’ tab? Of course not!

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 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.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (KJV)

In the case of the Christian the Law we are under is no longer written on tablets of stone, (The 10 Commandments) or ink (The written Law). Why? Because we all now have a built-in, perpetual reminder of every tenet of the Law that’s applicable to us. What is this epistle that is written upon our hearts? It is the Holy Spirit of course! We no longer need to look at a book to see if we’ve transgressed the Law because one of the ministries of the Holy Ghost is to convict us of sin.

But Why is it Dangerous to Keep Old Testament Law?

Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Acts 15:10-11 (KJV)

Scripture is clear that nobody could keep the Old Law perfectly. If even one mortal could Jesus sacrifice on the cross would have been a totally unnecessary waste of time. Jesus had to do it for us, and He did it perfectly. So why can’t I keep Sabbath, avoid certain meats or try to keep any of the antiquated Law? Well the easy answer to that is it won’t do any good. But the truth is even worse, because to even try to keep the old Laws is to spit upon and reject the cross of Christ! How so? Because by doing so you are rejecting His sacrifice for our sins, you’re in fact saying you can do it better!

You are in effect saying that Jesus was a liar when He cried “It is finished’ from the cross. You are saying that more work has to be done to finish the job. In addition, those who attempt to keep the Law are also saying through their actions that they do not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit convicting them of sin, which can only be the case if they’ve either had a false conversion experience, or are ignoring the Holy Spirit. If so, that still small voice won’t be with them much longer unless they repent!

If you’ve been guilty in this area all that needs be done is to turn from this sin of trying to take your sins upon yourself and ask God to forgive you. There’s no time to waste, why wait, do it now!

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