So what is Paul referring to when he writes that the law was abolished by the cross? We saw in our discussion of Galatians 3, Hebrews 10, and Romans 6 that everyone was talking about the law serving a different purpose, and those purposes were fulfilled in Christ. In Galatians, the law fulfilled the purpose of a schoolmaster, which was to bring Israel to faith. But once they came to faith, they were no longer under the law to make them believe. In Romans 6, the law was fulfilled to lead Israel to righteousness, and in Hebrews 10 we learned that sacrifices for the purpose of forgiving sins were no longer necessary because Christ`s sacrifice had done it for all believers. Many still believe that the law of Moses is still binding, in whole or in part. But the New Testament made it clear that the law of Moses was abolished and nailed to the cross of Jesus. The scriptures must break it down so that all can understand that we are no longer under the law of Moses, but all under the law of Christ. I have written extensively about law and Christians. All the «despicable foods» listed in the TA are scavengers, animals that eat the dead and dying. Thanks again for your article! Two things are very clear. First, the Greek word for «passport (parelthei) of the law» means «to disappear,» «to leave,» or «to perish.» Jesus` intention, then, was that the law would eventually be abolished or that it would «disappear.» Second, the «when» of abolition would not fully occur until the law was respected. In fact, we see Jesus abolishing «the law with its commandments and regulations» in Ephesians 2:14-15. Although I think he was talking about the requirements for man to follow the law, since his requirements were fully fulfilled by Christ.
We have seen that belief in Israel was «zealous for the law» and that there is no biblical evidence to show that they were wrong in this zeal. We are now ready to consider the passages mentioned above, which seem to teach that the law of the cross has been abolished. We are told in Eph. 2 When Christ died on the cross, the middle partition (the Mosaic law) was abolished. What it did was create a body in Christ in which there was no longer any separation between Jews and Gentiles; Believing Jews and Gentiles were one in Christ. The fact that the law was abolished by the cross for the purpose of separating Jews and Gentiles brings us to another question. Because the law separating Jews and Gentiles was abolished by the cross, does this mean that the one body was established at the time of the cross? I think so. But it could be objected that the Church, which is His Body, began only after the end of Acts. That is absolutely true. But I suggest that the term «a body» of Eph.
2:15 describes the relationship of believers to one another (not separated by the middle partition), and «the church which is his body» is the term that describes the relationship of believers (his body) to Christ (the head of the church). The church that is His Body is the group called during the dispensation of mystery. The only body referred to in Ephesians 2, on the other hand, are the believers in all the Acts of the Apostles, the believing Jews, and the Gentiles, one in Christ. Therefore, the expression «Church which is his body» is not synonymous with the expression «the one body». The article on this site The only body of Ephesians two is not the Church that His Body is will prove this statement from the Scriptures. In Ephesians 2, the law was abolished by the shed blood of Christ on the cross to create unity between believing Jews and Gentiles. How does Yeshua mean to say «It is fulfilled» that the law is abolished? Is he a liar? Certainly not! Yeshua said that until heaven and earth pass, no trace or title of the law will pass until all is fulfilled! Heaven and earth are still there. They also quote English and not Aramaic Hebrew or Greek. In Romans 10, the word translated «end» is telos, «final goal» «goal.» I think I could just break it down like this: If we are commanded to live like the Messiah, how can you be like Him or live like Him if you reject the law? After many years of study, I see that Yeshua is the law. He is the Word made flesh.
One phrase for the law was «The Word.» That`s why Yeshua told the scribes and Pharisees, «If you had believed Moses, you would believe me because he wrote about me.» The law will tell you who Yeshua is and how He wants to be worshipped. The law was abolished by its fulfillment by the death of Christ. The justice of accomplishing them is attributed by grace to the elect. Therefore, the one to whom man is thus attributed is not under the law, but under grace. By his death, Judaism was abolished. There is no Judaism today, such as the fact that there is no religion today in which a high priest, an altar and a sacrifice representing a future Messiah exist or will exist again. For the shadow and the type died with the manifestation of the substance and reality that the Lamb slaughtered before the foundation of the world, which of its own volition made a complete and lasting atonement for all the saints (the Israel of God), both the Old and New Testaments, on Calvary has now triumphed. In addition to the points listed above, Paul clearly argues in his letter to the Ephesians that the «law of commandments contained in ordinances» was «abolished» by Jesus` death on the cross (Ephesians 2:14-15). In addition to the question of «what part» of the law will be abolished, it is also necessary to decide exactly what «abolition» means in both contexts. With regard to Ephesians 2:15, you are wrong whether it was the laws of man or the Mosaic law that were abolished.
Ephesians 2:14 tells us that Christ broke the barrier of the wall of separation between Gentiles and Jews. It would never be a law of man, but the Mosaic law. The moral, spiritual, and prophetic aspects of the Mosaic law still exist and were never abolished by Jesus and the apostles. Jesus brought the Mosaic law of literal understanding to a higher dimension, which is the spiritual realm or kingdom. We now offer spiritual sacrifices through the blood of Jesus. Which law (or part of the law) is what is «expressed in ordinances» and abolished? Does it refer to the Mosaic system in its entirety, or does it refer only to the ceremonial aspects related to temple feasts and sacrifices? You are sincere and well-intentioned, but your website lacks logic and sufficient research regarding certain verses cited. What you say does not distinguish between the Old Covenant of the Old Testament and the laws of the Old Testament, and there is a big difference. It is the Old Covenant that has been abolished. Yes, grace is what really saves us now, but only to a limited extent. Their website fails miserably to reconcile not just a few, but many, many law-abiding verses, especially Matthew 7:23: «DEPART FROM ME WHO VIOLATES THE TORAH.» (Bible accompanying exeGese) Are you telling us that the Bible often contradicts itself? If so, can we trust everything the Bible says? Yes, we can trust the Bible, and it should and is, of course, harmonious with the Old and New Testaments. Their message is that we no longer have to strictly follow many Mosaic laws that are still valid (some, such as the animal sacrifice and circumcision laws, have been abolished, which were explicitly listed as abolished by the apostles).
In their opinion, we can now have sex with animals, commit incest, put stumbling blocks in front of the blind, remove views, eat pork infected with trichinosis (some harmful cysts can survive cooking temperatures of 500 degrees), ignore vital food tithing in the third year (if the world`s religions obeyed only this law, world hunger and death by starvation would cease permanently), etc. The website TithingHelps.com really «explained» why Christians must continue to strictly follow many Old Testament laws and all New Testament laws. The VERSES MAINSTREAMERS USE page at point 15 completely refutes your statement in Matthew 5:17 «Jesus` fulfillment of the Law.» The INTRODUCTION page of the website also completely refutes your discussion of Colossians 2:14 and Ephesians 2:15.