There are many who still believe that the law of Moses is still binding in part or in whole. Yet, the new testament has made it clear that the law of Moses was abolished and nailed to the cross of Jesus. Let the scriptures break it down so that all may understand that we are no longer under the law of Moses, but rather all are under the law of Christ.
The Law of Moses Is the Law of God
Ezra 7:6 states that the “law of Moses” was given by Jehovah while Neh. 10: 29 states that the “law of God” was given by Moses. Notice the terms are used interchangeably. Nehemiah 8:1 records that Jehovah gave the “book of the law of Moses” while 2 Chron. 34:14 reveals that Moses gave the “book of the law of Jehovah.” Once again these terms are used interchangeably because there was only ONE “law.” In order to further prove this point, let us show that some things that are supposed to be in the “ceremonial law” are said to be in the “moral law” while some things that should be in the “moral law” are said to be in the “ceremonial law.” ** It is noteworthy that the bible gives not such word as “ceremonial law” but such is used to prove that Sabbatical worshipers are condemned by their own dogma.
Mark 7:10 records that “Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother . . .” and likewise in John 7:19 Jesus alludes to the commandment forbidding killing and attributes this to Moses. In Luke 2:22-24 the law of Moses and the law of God are used interchangeably to describe ordinances that are found in the ceremonial law regarding purification and the first-born child. Again in 2 Chron. 31:3, burnt offerings are included in the law of Jehovah.
The Most Important Commands Are in the Ceremonial Law.
If this distinction between the moral and ceremonial laws exists, then of course the two most important laws should be found in the moral law, the law that is “eternal.” But Jesus said the two most imperative laws were found in the ceremonial law. A lawyer asked Jesus what was the most important law (Matt. 22:35-40). When Jesus answered, he told him that the most important law was ‘love for God’ by quoting from Deut. 6:5, and the second most important law was ‘love for our neighbors’ by quoting from Lev. 19:18. According to some, these are the ceremonial law, the law that is done away.
The Life of Christ
Did Jesus observed the Sabbath, and should we observe the Sabbath? Let us consider: Jesus was born under the law of Moses. (Gal. 4:4). In order to live a life without sin, he had to keep the whole law or be charged with sin. The New Law did not go into effect until his death (Heb. 9:15), thus anything he did must be considered in this light.
Jesus did all the following: (a) was circumcised in accordance with the law (Luke 2:21); (b) had sacrifices offered for him in accordance with the law- (Luke 2:22-24); (c) commanded people to offer sacrifices in accordance with the law (Mk. 1:44; Luke 5:14); (d) kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16); (e) kept the Passover (Matt. 26:17-25); and told his disciples to do all they were commanded by the law of Moses (Matt. 23:2-3). Yet when Jesus gave his great commission to this apostles, it was not to continue the Law of Moses, but rather to preach the gospel of Christ. Mt 28:19,20 f; Mk 16:16 When Jesus disciples met to remember the Lord’s death it wasn’t on the Sabbath day, but rather the Lord’s day, Sunday (the day Jesus arose from the dead). (Acts 20:7 f; Mk 16:9) When Christians gave of their means they were not commanded to tithe as the old law stated but to give freely and not of necessity. (2 Cor 9:6,7) When Christians were commanded to sing they were not commanded to sing with instruments like the old law stated but rather they were commanded to sing and make melody in their hearts to the Lord. (Eph 5:19) All Christians are commanded to abide in the apostles doctrine because the apostles doctrine and the doctrine of CHrist are one and the same. ( Acts 2:42 f; 1 Cor 11:1)
What did the apostles teach concerning he law of Moses?. Jesus has abolished the “law of ordinances” (Eph. 2:14-16). The law has “passed away” (2 Cor. 3:11). The law was “cast out” (Gal. 4:21-30). The law lasted “till the seed should come” (Gal. 3:19), which seed was Christ (Gal. 3:17). “You are not under the law” (Rom. 6:14). “You are dead to the law” (Rom. 7:1-7). The law was abolished. (Eph 2:15,16). Law was blotted out and nailed to the cross (Col 2:14) We are not justified by the law (Rom 3:19,20,28). We are not under the law (Rom 6:14,15). If righteous came by the law, Christ died in vain (Gal 2:21). The law was until John (Lk 16:16). The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24,25). Christ is the end of the law (Rom 10:4). Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law ( Gal 3:10,13). Anyone justified from the law has fallen from grace (Gal 5:4).
Conclusion: The old law was abolished. We are all under the law of Christ and subject to His doctrine. Anyone who does not abide in the doctrine of Christ has neither God or Christ. (2 Jn 9) If it’s our desire to be saved we must submit ourselves to the new testament (will) of God and obey the gospel of Christ. (Mk 16:16) Anyone who teaches another gospel shall be accursed. Gal 1:6-9 Anyone who obeys another gospel shall be condemned. (2 Thess 1:7-9) Take away the veil which hid what was promised so long ago by the prophets that God would make a new law with his people and write in their hearts and not on tables of stone and forgive their iniquity and remember them no more. (Jer. 31:31-34) The law of Moses has long since faded away, but the law of Christ lives and abides forever. (Heb 8:13 f; 1 Pet 1:25) Harden not your hearts and turn to the one who died for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ, and obey his law and his law only today. (Heb 3:7,8 ff; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Jn 9)