The Christian and Moses' Law (Part 5)By Pastor Boffey on Sunday, November 21, 2010.
The Christian and Moses' Law I. This lesson deals with the relationship that N.T. Christians have with that covenant that God made with the nation of Israel at Mt. Sinai in Horeb through the ministry of Moses. DEU 5:1-4; NEH 9:13-14; MAL 4:4. A. Covenant: A mutual agreement between two or more persons to do or refrain from doing certain acts; a compact, contract, bargain; sometimes, the undertaking, pledge or promise of one of the parties. B. See EXO 19:1-8. C. This covenant included the laws given to Israel. EXO 19:5-6; DEU 4:10-13. D. Law: A rule of conduct imposed by authority. E. Moses' law was the standard for Israel's righteousness. DEU 6:25. F. Righteousness: Justice, uprightness, rectitude; conformity of life to the requirements of the divine or moral law; virtue, integrity. II. The Law of Moses has other names. It is also called: A. the law. GAL 3:17-19; JOH 1:17. B. the old testament (2CO 3:14). This is because it was before the New Covenant. HEB 8:13. C. Moses. LUK 16:29; 2CO 3:15; ACT 15:21. D. the letter. 2CO 3:6. E. the first testament or covenant. HEB 8:7; 9:1, 15, 18. III. It is crucial to realize that there was law BEFORE this covenant made with Israel at Mt. Sinai. A. Men were charged with sin other than Adamic sin BEFORE Moses' law. ROM 5:13-14. 1. Cain was charged with sin. GEN 4:7. 2. Sodom and Gomorrah were charged with sin. GEN 13:13. 3. Sin is not imputed where there is no law. ROM 4:15; 1JO 3:4. 4. There was a law against murder before the ten commandments were given. GEN 9:5-6. 5. Consequently, there were laws to which men were accountable before the law of Moses. B. There were prophets and preachers BEFORE the law of Moses who made known God's laws. 1. Abel was a prophet. LUK 11:49-51. 2. Enoch was a prophet. JUDE 1:14-15. 3. Noah was a preacher of righteousness, which by definition presupposes a law. 2PE 2:5. 4. There is good evidence that the book of Job predates the law of Moses. a. Job was a judge who proclaimed righteousness and judged according to it. JOB 29:7, 14-17, 21. b. Job speaks of the sins of deceit, adultery, oppression, idolatry and theft, all of which were later codified in the law of Moses. JOB 31. C. The covenant made with Israel at Sinai was NOT made with their fathers. DEU 5:2-3. 1. Yet the fathers of the nation still had laws to keep. GEN 26:5; 18:19. 2. The law of circumcision was given to Abraham BEFORE Moses codified it in his law. JOH 7:22; GEN 17:9-14; LEV 12:1-3. D. There were laws given to Israel BEFORE the covenant at Horeb. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 1 They were commanded to forsake idolatry BEFORE the ten commandments were given. EZE 20:6-12. 2. They were commanded to keep the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread BEFORE Sinai. EXO 12:14-17. 3. They were given a law with regard to gathering manna BEFORE Sinai. EXO 16:4-5. a. This was a temporary law. b. This law lost its force upon entry to Canaan. EXO 16:35; JOS 5:12. c. This demonstrates that certain of God's laws are only of force until their desired purpose is accomplished. 4. Israel was under a sabbath law BEFORE the ten commandments were announced at Horeb. EXO 16:28-30. The law of Moses was a codification of laws with prior force. It included: 1. laws that had been given to the nations in GENERAL (prohibition of idolatry, murder, sodomy, etc.). 2. law(s) peculiar to Abraham and his posterity (circumcision). 3. laws given to Israel in PARTICULAR before Sinai (circumcision, passover, sabbath, etc.). The law of Moses also added more laws to be observed by Israel. There were also some changes in the laws given to Israel from what their fathers had observed. 1. Before the law of Moses, men were allowed to offer their sacrifices anywhere. 2. Under Moses' law, Israel was required to bring their sacrifices to a specific place. DEU 12:5-8, 13-14. 1. E. F. G. IV. Certain aspects of the Mosaic law were for Israel whereas others pertain to men in general. A. In ROM 1:29-32 Paul lists sins for which men in general are judged of God. 1. Moses' law, which forbad these things, was not delivered to the nations at large. PSA 147:19-20; ROM 9:4. 2. Yet they know the judgment of God for such sins. B. Observe that God judges the nations for such things as idolatry, incest, sexual uncleanness, murder, theft, sodomy and witchcraft. LEV 18; DEU 18:9-12. C. However, God does NOT judge those nations for eating pork, or for not being circumcised, or for not keeping the Sabbath. 1. These laws were only for Israel. LEV 20:24-26; GEN 17:9-11; EXO 31:16-17. 2. DEU 14:21 is an excellent example of a law that was binding on Israel but not on those outside of Israel. D. This answers the following question with regard to ROM 2:26: “How could an uncircumcised man (Gentile) keep the righteousness of the law if the law requires circumcision?” 1. Answer: A Gentile was not required to be circumcised. a. He was thus not accountable to the law of circumcision. b. He was only accountable to such aspects of the Law of Moses which pertained to both Gentiles and Israelites. 2. Consider this example. a. The law requires all pilots to have a pilot's license. b. Shane Martin is not a pilot. c. Shane Martin is thus not accountable to the law requiring a pilot's license. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 2 Hence, Shane Martin can fulfill the law without having a pilot's license because that law does NOT apply to him. 3. In this way a Gentile could keep the righteousness of the law, yet not fulfill the precepts which did NOT apply to him as a Gentile. 4. This point reveals the interrelation of fact, law, and determination. a. The facts reveal a person's state of affairs. b. The facts show whether the law applies to that person or not. c. A determination is then made as to the person's innocence or guilt with respect to that law. d. The previous example of the pilot's license illustrates this. (1) The LAW is that pilots must have a license to fly. (2) The FACTS are that Shane Martin has no such license and is not a pilot. (3) The DETERMINATION is that Shane Martin is not obliged to have a pilot's license and so is not guilty of breaking that law. e. Take another example from Moses' law. (1) The LAW is that Jews must be circumcised. (2) The FACTS are that Sven is not circumcised nor is he a Jew. (3) The DETERMINATION is that Sven is not required to be circumcised. He is not guilty of breaking that law. Here is a RULE for discerning which of Moses' laws also apply to other nations and which of them only apply to Israel. 1. If Scripture reveals God judging the nations for something forbidden in Moses' law, then that law also applies to them. 2. However, this does NOT mean these nations are under Moses' law. 3. This is rather a case of a law that applies to men in general ALSO being codified in Moses' law. d. E. V. Christians are not under the Old Covenant, but under the New. A. HEB 8:7-13. The old covenant waxed old and vanished away. B. HEB 10:9. The first covenant of ineffectual animal sacrifices was taken away. C. 2CO 3:6-14. 1. We are ministers of the New Testament, NOT of the letter. v. 6. 2. The ministration of condemnation was done away. v. 11. 3. The Old Testament ended and was abolished. v. 13. D. GAL 3:19-25. 1. The law “...was added because of transgressions TILL the seed should come...” (v. 19). It was temporary. 2. The law was a schoolmaster to bring us UNTO Christ. v. 24. 3. After the coming of faith (Christ, the seed), we are “...NO LONGER under a schoolmaster” (v. 25). 4. Some have tried to prove that we are still governed by all of Moses' law which is not expressly set aside in the N.T. A favorite text is MAT 5:17-19. a. Jesus was here speaking to Jews who WERE THEN still under Moses' law, as was He. Compare this with MAT 23:1-3. b. Jews were obliged to honor Moses' law until “...all be fulfilled.” c. Christ (in His humanity) did not know when heaven and earth would pass away (MAR 13:31-32), and thus His statement that until the law was The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 3 fulfilled, it would all be of force “...Till heaven and earth pass...” The law would be in force until it was fulfilled or until heaven and earth passed, whichever came first. Moses' law was fulfilled by Christ and His work. ROM 10:4. d. GAL 4:1-7. 1. The law is analogous to the tutors and governors of a child (v. 2). It is the schoolmaster. GAL 3:24. 2. The law is here called “the elements of the world” (v. 3). a. The law was written in tables of stone rather than in the fleshy tables of the heart (2CO 3:3). It was outward rather than inward. b. The law had a worldly sanctuary as opposed to a heavenly one. HEB 9:1, 24. c. The law had carnal ordinances that purified the flesh (an outward ceremonial purification), but they did not purge the inward conscience. HEB 9:10, 13-14. d. The priesthood of the law was after a carnal commandment. HEB 7:16. 3. “The fullness of the time” (v. 4) answers to “the time appointed of the Father” (v. 2). 4. Through Christ we are in a position to be treated as sons. v. 7. a. Before this, we were dealt with as servants. b. Being treated as servants we were under tutors and governors: the elements of this world or the law. vs. 1-3. c. We are “NO MORE” servants, i.e., we are no more under the law! 5. In this passage Paul is writing to Gentiles and speaking to them as though they had been under Moses' law. a. Moses' law was given to Israel, not to Gentiles. b. Paul is addressing these Gentiles as members of the church, which church had formerly been under Moses' law. (1) Gentile believers are through Christ grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. EPH 2:12-13 c/w ROM 11:17. (2) They are made part of that institution which preceded Christ and was reformed by Christ. HEB 9:10. c. It would be the same as saying that a present day American of Ukrainian ancestry is no longer under the crown of England. (1) Neither he nor his ancestors ever were under the crown of England. (2) But the nation of which he is a citizen WAS under the English crown. 6. This passage shows that the church was in a state of relative immaturity before the coming of Christ and thus under the tutelage of the law. a. The law was the elementary stage of the church: “...the elements of the world:” (v. 3). b. As a child matures, many laws regulating his conduct are lifted. c. For example, a small child might be forbidden to cross the street unaccompanied whereas an older child is under no such law. d. The church after Christ has more understanding than the church before Christ. EPH 3:3-5, 9-10; MAT 13:17; 2PE 1:19. e. Because of the relative maturity of the church, many of the rules have been lifted. E. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 4 F. G. H. I. J. K. We are “...dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world...” (COL 2:20). 1. Rudiments are the first principles or elements of a subject. 2. The rudiments of the world are the elements of the world of GAL 4:3. 3. If a person can't get past first principles, he will never go on to spiritual perfection (completion, maturity). HEB 5:12; 6:1. 4. God used worldly elements to teach the immature church. HEB 8:4-5; 9:9, 23; 10:1. 5. Accordingly, as a child in his immaturity is often instructed via tangible things, pictures, etc., so the church in its elementary stage was under the law which was laden with tangible ordinances, shadows, types, “...visions and....similitudes by the ministry of the prophets” (HOS 12:10). ROM 7:4-6. We are dead to the law. 1. We are thus delivered from the law. 2. We now serve NOT in the oldness of the letter (the law), but the newness of the Spirit. 3. The analogy in context here is that of a woman who is freed from the law of her husband when he dies. ROM 7:1-3. a. It would have been adultery for her to enter into covenant with someone else while her first husband was still alive. b. The church similarly would have been committing spiritual adultery to enter into covenant with another god or embrace a new order before the law died by the body of Christ. c. Conversely, for the church to relate to her new husband (Christ) by the rules of her first husband (the Law) would be an insult to His liberating work and headship and a provoking of His Spirit. GAL 4:9-11. d. By the same analogy, the believer who cannot relate to Christ without the abrogated articles of the Law is akin to a woman who insists on having her new husband share their marriage bed with the corpse of her first husband. COL 2:14. Christ has blotted out “the handwriting of ordinances.” 1. The law was against us and contrary to us in that: a. it condemned us. GAL 3:10; JAM 2:10. b. its yoke was unbearable. ACT 15:10. c. it divided Jews and Gentiles. EPH 2:14-15. d. it eclipsed our view of Christ and His work for us. ROM 9:31-10:4; 2CO 3:13-15. 2. Christ took the law out of the way, nailing it to His cross. Christ has broken down and abolished the law. EPH 2:14-15. God has set aside the covenant made at Mt. Sinai, the Law. GAL 4:21-25, 30. The believer today is NOT come unto Mt. Sinai, he is rather come unto the Mediator of the New Testament. HEB 12:18-24. VI. The Christian is said to be “...NOT under the law.” GAL 5:18; ROM 6:14. A. Yet there is a sense in which the Christian is under law. 1CO 9:21; GAL 6:2; JAM 1:25. 1. As before shown, the Christian is not under the law in the sense of being under the law of Moses, which is sometimes called “the law.” 2. He is rather under the law of Christ, the New Testament. ROM 7:6; 1CO 9:21; GAL 6:2. B. The child of God is under NO law as a covenant of works to secure eternal life. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 5 The law demands perfect obedience to live. ROM 10:5; MAT 19:16-17; GAL 3:10. 2. These demands have been met for the Christian in Christ. ROM 10:4; GAL 3:13. 3. If righteousness through the law were possible, Christ's work was in vain. GAL 2:21; 3:21. a. If we are righteous before God, it is not because we have flawlessly kept DEU 6:25, but because of ROM 5:19; PHIL 3:9. b. This is something of which even the prophets under the law testified. ROM 3:21; 1PE 1:10-12; ACT 10:43 c/w JOH 5:39. 4. Under grace the believer has laws to obey, but he does not obey to earn life. a. He is rather made alive by grace and then obeys. EPH 2:4-10. b. Because of grace, a believer is in no danger of eternal condemnation, but he is still obliged to obey pertinent laws. ROM 6:1-2; 3:31; TIT 2:9-12 ct/w JUDE 1:4. c. And he will be chastened when he disobeys. 1CO 11:32. d. Grace has not rendered our obedience unnecessary but has rather rendered it acceptable. HEB 12:28. All of the elect are under the benefits of the everlasting covenant that God made with Jesus Christ. HEB 13:20. 1. Jesus Christ acted according to a covenant with His Father. JOH 6:38-39. a. This covenant contains the promise of eternal life. TIT 1:2; 2TI 1:1; 1JO 5:11. b. Jesus Christ, His person, and work are the substance of this covenant. ISA 42:6; EPH 3:11. 2. The various covenants in Scripture are a progressive revelation of this everlasting covenant. JOH 5:39; REV 19:10. a. The Adamic covenant revealed Christ as the federal head of His people inasmuch as Adam was a figure of Christ. ROM 5:14. b. The Noahic covenant which promised that the earth should no more be destroyed by a flood typified the saving grace promised in the everlasting covenant. GEN 9:11, 16 c/w ISA 54:9-10. c. The Abrahamic covenant promised Jesus Christ, justification and everlasting inheritance. GAL 3:8, 16-18; GEN 17:7-8. d. The Mosaic covenant demonstrated the need for Christ and both typified and prophesied of His coming/work. ROM 3:20-21; HEB 10:1. e. The Davidic covenant prophesied of the Christ, the Son of God Whom He raised from the dead. HEB 1:5; ACT 2:30-31; 2SAM 23:5. f. The New Covenant reveals its superior nature in the saving benefits of the grace of Christ. HEB 7:22; 8:6-13. 3. God's elect who lived under the Mosaic covenant were not eternally condemned by it because they were also under the everlasting covenant. 4. By contrast, the non-elect who lived under Moses' law are eternally condemned by it. ROM 2:12. 1. C. VII. The abrogation of the law of Moses is evident from several factors. A. A New Covenant has been established in place of the Old. HEB 10:9. B. Christ reformed the church. HEB 9:8-10. C. The priesthood has changed. HEB 7:12. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 6 D. E. F. Christ fulfilled the law. MAT 5:17. 1. He fulfilled: a. all its requirements for obedience. GAL 4:4; 1PE 2:22; ROM 3:22. b. all its requirements for disobedience. GAL 3:10, 13. c. all its types and prophecies. LUK 24:44. 2. As a result of Christ's fulfillment of the law: a. the child of God is MADE righteous in Him; there is nothing for him to do to obtain righteousness. ROM 5:19; 2CO 5:21; PHIL 3:9. b. the child of God is redeemed from the curse of the law. GAL 3:13. c. there is no more offering for sin. HEB 10:8, 17-18. The Israelite state was dissolved. LUK 19:41-44; 21:20-24. 1. Under the law there was a church-state. 2. There is no church-state under the N.T. 3. Consequently, laws pertaining to the functions of state would not apply to the church today. 4. The church cannot execute such laws as DEU 13:6-11 and DEU 19:21. The temple was destroyed. MAT 24:1-2. 1. Sacrifices and offerings were to be presented at the temple. DEU 12:8-18 c/w LUK 2:22-27. 2. Prior to the destruction of the temple, the Jews continued to keep the ceremonies of the law that had not been ended by Christ's offering for sin. ACT 21:23-26. a. HOWEVER, the Jews were strictly forbidden to make these things conditions for fellowship with Gentiles. EPH 2:14-15; GAL 2:12-14. b. When with Gentiles, Paul himself did not keep Jewish laws. 1CO 9:21. 3. Not all the sacrifices of the law were for sin. NUM 6:13-18 c/w LEV 22:21; 7:11-13. 4. The removal of the temple halted these sacrifices and offerings. VIII. The New Covenant contains some of the same laws as the Old Testament whereas other O.T. laws are either abolished or changed. A. The following are some O.T. laws also in effect in the N.T. 1. All of the ten commandments are still in effect except the fourth commandment regarding the sabbath. 1CO 6:9-10; ACT 17:29; 1CO 10:7; 1TI 6:1; EPH 6:2; ROM 13:8-10; COL 2:16. 2. The church must still abstain from eating blood. LEV 7:26; ACT 15:28-29. 3. The church must still observe the rule of two or three witnesses in matters of judgment. DEU 19:15; MAT 18:16; 2CO 13:1. 4. The church must still materially support its ministers. 1CO 9:6-14. 5. The Christian should still give cheerfully to the poor. DEU 15:7-11; 2CO 9:7; ROM 15:26. 6. Christians should still maintain a definite distinction between the sexes. DEU 22:5; 1CO 6:9; 11:14-15. 7. The church must still test prophets according to their doctrine. DEU 13:1-3; 1JO 4:1-3, 6. 8. Witchcraft is still forbidden. DEU 18:10-12; ACT 16:16-18; 19:19; GAL 5:20; REV 18:23. 9. Women are still to be in silent subjection in formal assembly. 1CO 14:34-35. B. The following are some Old Testament laws that are NOT binding on the Christian. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 7 The believer need not be circumcised in the flesh. ACT 15:24-29; GAL 6:15. The church is not bound to keep holydays, the new moons or sabbath days. COL 2:16. a. Some, in order to justify a N.T. Sabbath day, maintain that COL 2:16 only refers to Jewish sabbaths. b. There are/were no other kind of sabbaths. They were peculiar to Israel and the law economy. EXO 31:16-17. c. Men are commanded to come unto Christ and learn of him for rest. MAT 11:28-30. (1) In coming to Christ, believers are built up a spiritual house which is His church. 1PE 2:4-5 c/w 1TI 3:15. (2) God has ordained the church to be the perfecter of the knowledge of Christ for His people. 1CO 12:28 c/w EPH 4:11-13. (3) Therefore, the person who is a sabbath-breaker under the N.T. is not someone who works on a Saturday or a Sunday; it is someone who will not submit to Jesus Christ by identifying with His body, the church. 3. The dietary laws are no longer in effect. 1TI 4:3-5; ROM 14:17. 4. Christians are to bring no offerings for sin. HEB 10:17-18. 5. The church no longer maintains a worldly sanctuary like the tabernacle and the temple. HEB 9:8-10. a. We have neither a tangible candlestick, nor a table of shewbread, nor incense, nor anointing oil. b. We have no visible altar. HEB 13:10. c. The congregation is God's temple regardless of where they assemble. ROM 16:5; 1CO 3:9, 16; EPH 2:19-22; 1PE 2:5. 6. Restrictions such as those found in DEU 23:1-2 are not found in the New Testament. 7. Physical and ceremonial purifications such as those mentioned in LEV 15 are not required in the New Testament. The following are some Old Testament laws that have been changed in the New Testament. 1. Congregational worship is still required, but not at Jerusalem. MAL 1:11 c/w JOH 4:21-24; HEB 10:25. 2. The form of the Passover has been changed. 1CO 5:7-8. a. Christ is our Passover. b. We do not eat a lamb at our feast. EXO 12:3-8. c. We do not eat our feast with bitter herbs. EXO 12:8. d. We do not abstain from leaven for seven days. EXO 12:19. e. No specific time is given for us to observe our feast. DEU 16:1. f. We are not required to keep this feast at Jerusalem. DEU 16:5-6. g. We keep our feast with unleavened bread and wine in corporate assembly whenever. 1CO 11:1-2, 23-26. 3. Proportionate giving is still taught, but no tithing law is in effect. 1CO 16:1-2; 2CO 8:12; 9:7. 4. Congregational discipline is still required, but the form has been changed. LEV 20:11 ct/w 1CO 5. 5. The laws regarding marriage and divorce have changed. a. There is no polygamy provided for in the New Testament as there was in the 1. 2. C. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 8 Old Testament. DEU 21:15-16 ct/w 1CO 7:2; EPH 5:31-33; 1TI 3:2. The divorce law has been greatly tightened. (1) Moses' law allowed divorce and remarriage for every cause. DEU 24:1-4; 21:10-14 ct/w MAT 19:3-8. (2) God did not require divorce; He suffered it. (3) Jesus allows one to divorce and remarry if he puts away his spouse for the cause of fornication. MAT 19:9. (4) Paul also allows a Christian to divorce and remarry if the unbelieving spouse departs. 1CO 7:12-15, 27. c. God's original ideal for marriage was one man and one woman with no divorce. MAT 19:4-6; MAL 2:14-16. d. God tolerated less than the ideal in allowing polygamy and loose divorce in the Old Testament, yet He put bounds upon them in the law. e. God tolerates less than the ideal even in the New Testament in that He commands no separation, yet He will allow it providing there is no marriage to another partner. 1CO 7:10-11. 6. Priestly immersion is still required but its specifics have been changed. a. Under the Law, only the Aaronic order was washed in water to fit them for service. EXO 29:4; LEV 16:4. b. Under the N.T. all believing penitents are washed in water to fit them for service. ACT 2:38-41. 7. The requirement of worshippers' sacrifice has been changed. 1PE 2:5 c/w ROM 12:1; HEB 13:15-16. A RULE for determining what parts of Moses' law belong to the Christian and what parts do not: If the New Testament sets forth the same law, then it carries over. 1. Also, if an O.T. law is not specifically stated in the N.T. yet falls under the “and such like” clause of GAL 5:21, then that O.T. law still applies. 2. An example of this would be the O.T. proscription against bestiality. LEV 18:23. a. There is not a duplicate N.T. proscription. b. But since it is an example of sexual coupling which deviates from the “one man, one woman” model of 1CO 7:2, it is properly condemned under the N.T. order as much as it was under the O.T. order. WARNING: The laws of the N.T. should be kept as delivered. 1CO 11:2. 1. We are not allowed to alter N.T. laws by appealing to the O.T. 2. Congregational singing is the order for N.T. church music; no appeal can be made to instrumental music in the O.T. 3. The original ideal of one man and one woman in marriage is the order of the N.T. No appeal to O.T. polygamy may skirt that. 4. An appeal to the O.T. circumcision of infants will avail nothing to prove baptism of infants in the N.T. GAL 5:6. Some things of the Old Testament may be done as matters of personal liberty, but they cannot be made measurements of righteousness nor made requirements for fellowship. 1. A believer is at liberty to observe the dietary laws if he chooses, but this will not make him a better Christian. 2. A believer may be circumcised if he chooses, but he must not rely on this in any way to make him righteous or deem himself superior. 3. A believer may tithe his income, but the church cannot require such. 4. However, a believer may NOT shed the blood of a beast for sin. D. b. E. F. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 9 5. A believer may NOT keep O.T. rites that pertained to the temple. IX. The Old Testament is profitable to the Christian under the New Testament. 2TI 3:16; ROM 15:4. A. The O.T. has the record of prophecies and types that are fulfilled in the N.T. LUK 24:44; HEB 10:1 c/w 9:11; ACT 18:28; DAN 2:44 c/w MAR 1:15; MAT 16:18-19. B. The O.T. details the creation and Adam's fall which is the basis of Christ the Last Adam. C. The O.T. contains information regarding its laws that are brought over into the N.T. D. The O.T. records examples of faith and obedience for the Christian to imitate. HEB 11. E. The O.T. records examples of unbelief and disobedience for the Christian to avoid. 1CO 10:1-11; HEB 4:1-11; JUDE 1:5. F. While the Christian is not bound to every law of the O.T., he may observe the principle undergirding those laws. 1. There is the principle of the authority of God as the Lawgiver. 2. There is the principle of obeying any law to which one is amenable. 3. There is the principle of reward in obeying any law to which one is amenable. 4. There is the principle of judgment for breaking any law to which one is amenable. 5. There is the principle of mercy toward those who strive to keep the laws to which they are amenable. 6. There is the principle of sacrifice being only acceptable in God's house. 7. There is the principle of keeping God's ordinances exactly as they were delivered and meant to be kept. 8. Consider the law of perfume in EXO 30:34-38 for example. a. The Christian is under no obligation to PRACTICE this law. b. However, he ought to observe the PRINCIPLE undergirding this law. c. The Christian should keep the ordinances of his religion just as the Jew was to keep the ordinance of the perfume. d. The perfume was for use in God's service and not for carnal pleasure. e. The ordinances of the church likewise should be used for God's service and not for carnal pleasure. f. The Corinthians violated the principle of this law when they used the Lord's Supper as a meal to satisfy carnal appetites rather than solely to shew the Lord's death. 1CO 11:20-22. X. The following is a review of the rules for the lawful usage of Moses' law for the New Testament Christian. 1TI 1:8. A. No law must ever be used as a condition for obtaining eternal life. B. If God judges the nations in general for something forbidden in Moses' law, then that law obviously applies to the nations and also applies to the Christian. C. If the N.T. sets forth the same law as found in the O.T., then that law also applies to the Christian. D. O.T. laws that are changed in the N.T. are to be kept according to the N.T. order; they may NOT be altered by appealing to the O.T. E. The believer should observe the principles undergirding the O.T. laws even though the practice of the particular law may not apply. XI. Always remember that the N.T. is superior to the O.T. in every way. A. It is the testament of force. HEB 9:17. B. It is grace as opposed to works and thus bearable. ACT 15:10-11. The Christian and Moses' Law 10-24-10 Page 10 C. D. E. F. G. H. I. It is liberty as opposed to bondage. GAL 4:30-31. It is a better covenant built upon better promises. HEB 8:6; 9:15. It does not kill, but gives life. GAL 3:10; 2CO 3:6. Its High Priest and Mediator never changes or dies. HEB 7:24-25. It is a superior revelation. 2PE 1:19. It anticipates Christ coming in power and glory, not humility. MAT 24:30. It only is our salvation.