If We Were Under The Old Law Today...
So many in the world today believe that we are under the
Old Testament Law (Law of Moses). The fact is that we are not. The Bible
clearly states that we are under the Law of Christ Galatians
3:23-29 and Galatians 6:2.
Yet, those that would argue otherwise seem not to understand the implications
of such argumentation.
I. If we were under the Old Law we...
A. Gentiles would not be saved Ephesians
2:11-16 "11. Wherefore remember, that
ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision
by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12.
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth
of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope,
and without God in the world: 13. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14. For he is our peace,
who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition
between us; 15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law
of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain
one new man, so making peace; 16. And that he might reconcile both unto
God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby."
B. Prophesies still would not be fulfilled
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."
1. Christ would not have been nailed to the cross (or
the law would have been to) Colossians 2:14
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that
was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing
it to his cross."
C. Sins would not have been remitted Hebrews
10:9-12 "9. Then said he, Lo, I come
to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish
the second. 10. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering
of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11. And every priest standeth
daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can
never take away sins: 12. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice
for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God."
1. There would have to be offerings Hebrews
10:18 "Now where remission of these
is, there is no more offering for sin."
a. The power of the offering of Christ would not have
occurred Hebrews 9:9-14 "
9. Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered
both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service
perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10. Which stood only in meats
and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them
until the time of reformation. 11. But Christ being come an high priest
of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood
of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy
place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13. For if the blood
of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14. How much more shall the
blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without
spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living
D. The New Testament would not have been written Hebrews
1:1-2 "1. God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds."
E. No justification Acts 13:39
"And by him all that believe are justified from
all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
F. The church would not be in existence Ephesians
5:25 and Acts 20:28
1. The mystery would not be unveiled Ephesians
2. There would be a prophesy in which God would not have
told the truth. There is a time in which the Roman Government would be
in place, this then is the time of the Kingdom (church) to be established.
G. Grace would not have appeared Romans
5:21 "That as sin hath reigned unto
death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life
by Jesus Christ our Lord."
H. The promise to Abraham would not have been fulfilled
Genesis 22:17-18 "
17. That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply
thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the
sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18. And
in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou
hast obeyed my voice."
II. The beauty of being under the New Testament Law
A. Salvation is to ALL MEN Titus
2:11 "For the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men."
1. Because of Christ's death we (the faithful) will
be raised up to victory I Corinthians 15:42-57
2. Those in Christ are NEW CREATURES II
Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any
man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new."
B. Prophesy was fulfilled in God's promise to Abraham Matthew
1:1 "The book of the generation of
Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
1. Acts 3:25-26
"25. Ye are the children of the prophets, and
of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And
in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26. Unto you
first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning
away every one of you from his iniquities."
C. God has established a perfect law James
1:25 "But whoso looketh into the perfect
law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
D. We have our mediator who shed His blood for us Hebrews
III. What about those that try and justify themselves by the Old Law?
A. They have fallen from Grace Galatians
5:4 "Christ is become of no effect
unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from
B. They fail to see it is for our learning not our authority
Romans 15:4 "For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
C. They fail to see to whom the Law was given Deuteronomy
5:1-6 "1. And Moses called all Israel,
and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I
speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.
2. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 3. The Lord made
not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of
us here alive this day. 4. The Lord talked with you face to face in the
mount out of the midst of the fire, 5. (I stood between the Lord and you
at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason
of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, 6. I am the Lord
thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
1. The New Law is to "all the world" Matthew
28:19, Mark 16:15-16, and Luke 24:47.
D. They will be rejected John 12:48
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall
judge him in the last day."
NOTICE ROMANS 8:1-3
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