UNDER OUR CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION, WHAT LAW ARE WE GOING TO…
UNDER OUR CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION, WHAT LAW ARE WE GOING TO OBEY? THE LAW OF MOSES OR THE LAW OF CHRIST???
THE LAW OF MOSES
THE LAW OF CHRIST
We have heard about the Law of Moses, and we have also heard about the Law of Christ. What are the differences between these two Laws? To answer this question, we have to resort to the bible once more to clarify things.
We all know about the Old Testament, which is composed of many books, from the book of Genesis, to the book of Malachi. And we also know about the New Testament, which is also composed of many books, from the book of Matthew, to the book of Revelation. To make matters more simple, the Old Testament is being guided by the Law of Moses, and the New Testament is being guided by the Law of Christ.
In MALACHI 4: 4, it states = “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.” = It is very clear in this verse, that it was God the Father who gave the laws to Moses, and God even called these laws the Law of Moses. In this Law of Moses are included the Ten commandments, and all the decrees and laws that the Israelites were supposed to follow during the olden times. As you will remember, the Israelites were the chosen people of God, which God saved from slavery in Egypt, and during the existence of the Israelites, until the coming of Jesus Christ, these people were being governed by the Law of Moses.
In GALATIANS 6: 2, it states = “Carry each other’s burden, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” = When Jesus Christ came into the world, he also established his own laws to be followed by Christians. These laws which Jesus Christ were implementing, also came from God the Father, and these laws were then called the Law of Christ. In the Christian dispensation, we have been following the Law of Christ, not the Law of Moses. Except of course, when some of the Laws of Moses were retained by the Law of Christ, in which an example of this is Idolatry. In the Law of Moses, Idolatry was forbidden, and in the Law of Christ, Idolatry is still forbidden. Some of the Law of Moses were amended by Christ, in which an example of this is Adultery. In the Law of Moses, adultery was being committed when you had performed the sexual acts with someone who is not your wife or husband. In the Law of Christ, this law was amended, in which adultery now is being committed when you lustfully look at a woman/man. This verse is proven in MATTHEW 5: 27-28 which states = “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” = In this verse you would notice, that the Law of Christ is stricter than the Law of Moses. Some of the Law of Moses were totally deleted by Christ, and as an example of this pertains to the law of Tithing. The law about Tithing was totally deleted by Christ, and in place of this law Christ had introduced another law which could be found in 2ND CORINTHIANS 9: 7, which states = “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” = In the Law of Moses, tithing was obligatory, in which you are supposed to give to
your congregation a 10 percent of your gross income, while in the Law of Christ, you can give whatever your heart desires. To understand this topic more, please read my tracts entitled, TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE TITHES.
In HEBREW 7: 12, it states = “For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.” = In this verse, it states, that the old priesthood belongs to Moses, but when Christ came, this priesthood was change to the priesthood of Christ, and when Christ took over the priesthood, Christ had also changed the law. From the Law of Moses, to the Law of Christ.
In ACTS 13: 39, it states = “Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the Law of Moses.” = In this verse, it is very clear, that through the Law of Jesus Christ, we could be justified, in which we could not be justified anymore when we follow the Law of Moses, except of course when Christ himself has retained a certain part of the Law of Moses.
In GALATIANS 3: 24-25, it states = “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” = The law being referred to here is the Law of Moses. By means of the Law of Moses, we had been led to Christ, so that faith will justify us. Now, that we had developed our faith in Christ, the Law of Moses do not apply to us anymore. We are no longer under the supervision of the Law of Moses.
In ROMANS 10: 4, it states = “Christ is the end of the law, so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” = The law being referred to here is the Law of Moses. When Christ came, and introduced the Law of Christ, the Law of Moses ceased to exist. By obeying the Law of Christ, we are submitting ourselves to God’s righteousness.
In MATTHEW 11: 13, it states = “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.” = The effectivity of the Prophets from the olden times and the validity of the Law of Moses ceased to exist during the time of John the Baptist. As you would notice, Christ started His ministry during the time of John the Baptist.
In LUKE 16: 16, it states = “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John.” = The Law of Moses and the Prophets of the Old Testament were only effective until the time of John the Baptist.
In GALATIANS 5: 4, it states = “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ, you have fallen away from grace.” = In this verse, it means that if you keep on trying to obey the Law of Moses, during the time of Christ, you become alienated from Christ, and you have fallen away from the grace of Christ. During the time of Christ, until our time, we have to obey the Law of Christ, not the Law of Moses.
In GALATIANS 3: 11, it states = “Clearly, no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.”= This is actually self-explanatory. If you keep on insisting on obeying the Law of Moses, you will not be justified before God.
In HEBREW 9: 10, it states = “They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings – external regulations applying until the time of the new order.” = The new order here means the coming of Christ. The rituals being performed during the time of the Law of Moses were only effective until the time of Christ.
In COLLOSIANS 2: 16-17, it states = “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come, the reality however, is found in Christ.” = The religious rituals being performed by the Israelites during the time of Moses were only being observed until the coming of Christ. The reality is in observing the Law of Christ, not the Law of Moses.
In HEBREW 8: 13, it states = “By calling this covenant ‘new’, he has made the first one obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.” = God had introduced a new covenant in place of the old covenant. That means the Law of Moses had been changed to the Law of Christ.
In MATTHEW 28: 20, it states = “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” = Jesus, in this instance, was telling the apostles, to teach the people everything that he had commanded. Christ had emphasized, ‘everything that he has commanded’, that means to follow the Law of Christ. Christ did not say to follow the Laws that Moses had commanded.
With all these biblical verses, I had proven that in our Christian dispensation, we are supposed to follow the Law of Christ, not the Law of Moses anymore.
May the Law of Christ bring us closer to the God who created us, and attain our salvation