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The Old Testament Application of the Law of Covenants


 

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1.Yea but Doesn't the Bible say the law was (or is) faulty?

Hebrews 8:8

No. The Bible says the people were faulty. God found "fault with them." Hebrews 8:8. And in Romans 8:3 the Bible says that the law "was weak through the flesh." It is always the same story. The law is perfect, but the people are faulty, or weak. So God would have His Son live within His people "that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us" (Romans 8:4) through the indwelling Christ.

2.Yea but Galatians 3:13 says we are redeemed from the curse of the law. Can you explain this?

The curse of the law is death (Romans 6:23). Christ tasted "death for every man." Hebrews 2:9. Thus He redeemed all from the curse of the law (death) and in its place provided eternal life.

3.Yea but Don't Colossians 2:14-17 and Ephesians 2:15 teach that God's law ended at the cross?

No, these passages both refer to the law containing "ordinances," or Moses' law, which was a ceremonial law governing the sacrificial system and the priesthood. All of this ceremony and ritual foreshadowed the cross and ended at Christ's death, as God had intended. Moses' law was added till the "seed should come," and that "seed ... is Christ." Galatians 3:19, 16. God's law could not be involved here, for Paul spoke of it as holy, just, and good many years after the cross (Romans 7:7, 12).
Seeing as Jesus died because we broke His commandments. If he was going to do away with any of them and make sin legal. He would have done so before the cross and never would have had to suffer and die.Our God could never do away with his law and still save us.Praise His Holy Name he proved he loves us by dying in our place instead of doing away with His law.How does He ask us to prove we love Him ? If you love Me do what?

4.Yea but The Bible says, "Love is the fulfilling of the law. "Romans 13:10. The Bible also, in Matthew 22:37-40, commands us to love God and to love our neighbors, and ends with the words, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Do these commands replace the Ten Commandments?

No, the Ten Commandments hang from these two commands like our 10 fingers hang from our two hands. They are inseparable. Love to God makes keeping the first four commandments (which concern God) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor) a joy. Love fulfills the law by taking away the drudgery and by making lawkeeping a delight (Psalm 40:8). When we truly love a person, honoring his or her requests becomes a joy. Jesus said," If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. It is impossible to love the Lord and not keep His commandments, because the Bible says, "This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:3. "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:4.

5. Yea but Doesn't 2 Corinthians 3:7 teach that the law written and engraved in stone "was to be done away"?

No. The passage says that the "glory" of Moses' ministration of the law was to be done away, but not the law. Read the whole passage of 2 Corinthians 3:3-9 again, carefully. The subject is not the doing away with the law or its establishment, but rather, the change of the location of the law from "tables of stone" to the "tables of the heart." Under Moses' ministration the law was on stones. Under the Holy Spirit's ministration, through Christ, the law is written upon the heart (Hebrews 8:10). A sign posted in our front yard becomes effective only when the words on the sign enters our heart. Christ's ministration of the law is effective because He transfers the law to the heart of the Christian. Then keeping the law becomes a delight and a joyful way of living because the Christian has true love for both God and man.

6. Yea but Romans 10:4 says that Christ is the end of the law. So it has ended, hasn't it?

End in this verse means purpose or object, as it does in James 5:11. The meaning is clear. To lead men to Christ--where they find righteousness--is the goal, purpose, or end of the law.



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  7. Yea, but the righteous people of the Old Testament were saved by keeping the law?

2 Timothy 1:9

No one has ever been saved by the law. All who have been saved in all ages have been saved by grace. This grace ... was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Timothy 1:9. The law only points out sin. Christ alone can save. Noah found grace (Genesis 6:8); Moses found grace (Exodus 33:17); the Israelites in the wilderness found grace (Jeremiah 31:2); and Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and many other Old Testament worthies were saved by faith according to Hebrews 11. They were saved by looking forward to the cross; we, by looking back to it. The law is necessary because, like a mirror, it reveals the dirt in our lives. Without it, people are sinners but are not aware of it. However, the law has no saving power. It can only point out sin. Jesus, and He alone, can save a person from sin. This has always been true, even in Old Testament times. (Acts 4:10, 12; 2 Timothy 1:9).

8. Why worry about the law? Isn't conscience a safe guide?

Proverbs 14:12

No! A thousand times, no! The Bible speaks of an evil conscience, a defiled conscience, and a seared conscience--none of which is safe. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12. God says, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool." Proverbs 28:26.
 

9. Why do so many people deny the binding claims of God's law?

Romans 8:7

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Romans 8:7-9.

Lets face it sin and confusion has about ran its coarse. The clock is about to strike midnight. If there was ever a time to restudy and rethink Gods simple truths on this subject it is now. We must take the bible test and be willing to answer honestly to ourselves. Do the commandments that is written on our heart match exactly what is written on Gods master copy? Were thay put there by the word of God, or by the counterfeit words of man? Now is the time to take the test. when God takes those two tablets of stone out of the ark of the covenant on judgment day and sets them before the whole universe to see, there will be no confusion on that day. There will be no part of thou shalt not, or remember that you want understand theroly. All those who refuse to see now, will see clearly then. Not one JOT OR TITTLE, that's dotted I or crossed will in no wise have passed from the law. Nothing changed, done away with, or faulty. Every word and its meaning perfect. Just like He said. There want be three groups standing there, the lost the saved and the Jews. Just two groups .On one hand those who accepted the bible as truth and followed it, the blood bought ones who keep the commandments and have the faith of Jesus. On the other hand the faulty who refused free salvation. This study was designed to allow the bible to answer any basic question that you may have had concerning any one or All ten of Gods commandments. If you missed something, by all means get your bible out, go back over it and be sure. With prayer and the guidance of the holy spirit you are sure to find truth. The choice to follow it or not is yours. The consequences of your decision are sure. Remember Our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was not confused about His law. He keep all ten commandments that he vowed would stand fast for ever and ever. Our deepest prayer is that you choose to follow his example.

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Ruth Chapter 2

1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.


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