What parts of the law are still relevant to us today?
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What parts of the law are still relevant to us today?

November 27, 2019


Sproul: We make distinctions among the ceremonial law, the dietary law, the civil law, the moral law. To the Jew, every law commanded by God in
the Old Testament was moral in the sense that it had moral significance to it. But we make — it’s a useful distinction
to distinguish the moral law from the ceremonial law because we know that the ceremonial law
has been fulfilled in the perfect work of Christ and we know that the dietary laws have
been set apart. They had a historical significance that differs
from the moral law of the Old Testament. We make a distinction in theology between
the natural law of the Old Testament and the purposive law of the Old Testament. Now, that’s easy to get confused because
we make a distinction also between natural law and revealed law. But that’s not the distinction in view here. The distinction in view here is there are
laws that God gives in the Old Testament and in the New that are an expression of His own
character that is immutable. So that if we set them aside or if He set
them aside, He would be doing violence to His own character. For example, if God would say now in the new
covenant it’s OK to worship idols, God would be denying His own deity, and supremacy at
that point. But when we talk about purposive laws, we
say they are laws of God gave for a specific historical purpose, preparing the world for
the fulfillment of those purposive laws in the person and work of Christ. Now, this is a question that I don’t think
would be a mistake for us to talk about the rest of the time here because we are living
in a time of — since the Reformation — unprecedented antinomianism, the idea that the law of God,
particularly the moral law of God in the Old Testament has no relevance whatsoever for
the New Testament Christian. And I remember making a statement years ago
of those who say that the moral law of the Old Testament has no relevance to the New
Testament Christian is antinomianism. I got a letter from a professor at a seminary,
he had his PhD in biblical studies and he said to me why are you calling us antinomians? We’re not antinomians because we believe
in the commandments of Christ. We don’t believe that the Old Testament
law’s relevant to us, but the New Testament law is. I said what you are now articulating to me
is the classic example and definition of antinomianism, because what antinomianism refers to is the
Old Testament law and its relevance to us today. And the Christian ought to be able to say
with the psalmist “Oh, how I love your law,” because, you know, we make a distinction between
the Word of God and the law of God, but God’s Word is His law and His law is His Word. And that moral law is something that the church
needs to hold with great precision and care. It’s what Luther — I mean, what Calvin
called the ‘tertius usus’ or the third use of the law. God’s revelation of what is pleasing to
Him from His people. I said at the beginning that I would say yes
to all of it, because all — the law has its other purpose, the purpose of being the
mirror that reflects our sinfulness, that reveals to us those — the holiness of God. It is the schoolmaster that drives us to Christ. We recite the Ten Commandments, or part of
the Ten Commandments every Sunday at St. Andrews. We preach the law so that people can be pushed
to the gospel. And not only that, the moral law has the significance
of being a restraint to evildoers. I mean, people don’t always obey the speed
limit and maybe if the speed limit’s 55 they’re driving 65, but without that sign
it’s 85. So that the law has a restraining impact of
common grace, see even in that, but that’s all I’m going to say about this.

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  1. GODS Sabbath was not done away with, history will show you that Constantine and Roman Catholic Church did that without GODS Permission! Google it, don't be mislead.

  2. I love R.C but I disagree with him here…. Christ fulfilled the whole law, as a unit, not part of it Mt 5:17-18! Christians are not under the law of Moses, but are under the law of Christ, 1Cor 9:20-21!!

  3. These preachers have taught me the truth! I was a Mormon. Left the church because God showed me the truth!! I didn't know the full gospel and now I do!! God is good!!!

  4. The Ten Commandments in the OT and Jesus commandments in the Sermon on the Mount are the Only Laws "Ever" Relevant. The rest of the laws are the "commandments of men" as Jesus called them. He corrected the Pharisees for "teaching for doctrine the commandments of men." Pay no attention to pastors and churches who teach you otherwise.

  5. L HOW DID THE LAW COVENANT BECOME "OBSOLETE"?

    However, the Law covenant became in a sense "obsolete" when God announced by means of the prophet Jeremiah that there would be a new covenant. (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb.8:13) In 33 C.E. the Law covenant was canceled on the basis of Christ's death on the torture stake (Col; 2:14), the new covenant replacing it.—Heb. 7:12; 9:15; Ac 2:1-4.

  6. All of God’s Law is a reflection of His character and nature which is Yeshua’s character because Jesus is the same and One God that gave Israel the Law. The early church didn’t break down God’s Law in different categories and claim some parts are no longer needed. This is Christian doctrine to get around the relevant teaching of Torah today. God revealed Himself through Torah and Truth then the Word became flesh and Truth.

  7. L JESUS CHRIST IS A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS

    Even a Christian cannot brush aside the worship of Jehovah as God. In Revelation 1:5 the Son of God called himself "'Jesus Christ, 'The Faithful Witness.'" When on earth as a man he was a Jew, an Israelite, to whose nation the words of Isaiah were written: "'You are my witnesses,' is the utterance of Jehovah, 'even my servant whom I have chosen.'" Jesus demonstrated that he was a faithful and true witness of Jehovah God. His genuine disciples today must be the same kind of witnesses, Jehovah's.

    Those, not of the same faith as Christ Jesus, has placed themselves in Satan's camp.—Matt. 4:10.

  8. Without a temple we can’t correctly observe any of the appointed times. There are Torah only for Levites, some only for the Levitical priests, some for just the land Israel. We follow and trust Zechariah 14:16, Eze.43-45 and Micah 4:1-4 that all these will be restored in the Messianic Kingdom. Torah was never for salvation and many people have a misunderstanding of what all the purposes of the sacrifices are for. Yeshua said it best in Mat.5:17,18 but the problem is the Christian religion has separated Torah into 3 parts when all these are the one and only Torah given (including The Torah of Jesus).

  9. It isn’t biblically accurate for people to say grace replaced the Law. This isn’t what grace did because grace was given because no one before Jesus or after Jesus could earn salvation so grace was given so we all before and after Yeshua would believe by faith. The Christian religion teaches (out of context) we are no longer under the Law but under grace, as if to say all those before Jesus received eternal life by earning it and that was never taught by God or the apostles. Absolutely the Rabbi’s taught to earn salvation through obedience of the Law, God didn’t teach this man made belief. Those who were under the Law were condemned of sin and going to the lake of fire (Rom.3:19,20). It’s a misunderstanding to believe if we as born again believers start obeying God’s Law, we are putting ourselves back under the Law because then you are saying you are putting yourself back under condemnation. Law does condemn but also our faith establishes (strengthens) the Law. Paul said He delights in the Law (Rom.7:22) David also delights in God’s Law (Ps.119:77). Rom 2:13 Tell’s us to be doers and hearers of the Law so obviously God’s Law doesn’t just condemn but is meant to be obeyed. Without God’s one Law (that didn’t split up into separate Laws) we would have no other way to show our works. In this one Law there are instructions for only the land of Israel that don’t apply in the USA, instructions only for the Levites that doesn’t apply even to the other 11 tribes but God’s Word is to be obeyed even in the New covenant because obedience is the greatest show of faith we can worship God with but now it’s through the shed blood of Jesus the Messiah.

  10. Only the aspects of the Ceremonial Law that related to the Temple sacrifice have been abolished (which we Jews recognize in the T'filah "Adonai open up my lips that my mouth may declare your praise") we see the animal sacrifice as having been replaced by the "fruit of lips" which the new Testament mentions in the book of Hebrews. But we still think that God commands and blesses us in keeping the dietary, purity laws and other rituals (as Jews live longer on average, have lower crime rates/lower divorce rates)

  11. Glory To GOD!!!
    GOD'S moral law does not change – because that would mean GOD repented of something in HIS moral being; and GOD said HE is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – GOD does not change.

  12. What happened to the souls of the millions of people who died BEFORE Christianity was invented 2000 years ago? Did the God of christianity keep their souls in a room somewhere until christianity had been invented, and then after bring their souls forward to be judged according to the rules of a religion that they had never heard of?

    I'm trying to understand this but my research isn't yielding any clear answers. Can any christian answer this question?

  13. I don't like the way this guy is putting it. Doesn't ligonier ministries invite John MacArthur to their pulpit? Don't they listen to John MacArthur teach on the law? We are not under the law of Moses as believers.

  14. How can this man be a leader in the body of Christ when he is so wrong on this issue? So sad to see that even some within Christian leadership don't even know the purpose of the law and the gospel of grace.

  15. I was pretty much following him at first until he seemed to turn into a legalist. Maybe I took this the wrong way but he seems to be very old testament laws based. Ever heard of grace? Ephesians 2:8,9

  16. Circumcision is the decider. It decides whether one is under the Old Covenant and all its laws, or is not. If one is not circumcised, the OT Law doesn't apply to you at all. Paul directly received a heavenly Gospel to save the gentiles who had utterly no knowledge of Israel and its culture and beliefs, nor need to thereafter. The Covenant in Jesus's blood is a New Covenant separate from the Old and its ways. There is a time and season in God's progressive plan of salvation for mankind. (Eph 1:10; Gal.4:4). Simple.

    Galatians 5:2:-
    "Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if all of you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing."

    Hebrews 8:13:-
    "In that he says, A new covenant, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxs old is ready to vanish away."

    Christians are not without moral codes. The moral codes (do not lie, steal or kill, etc) are in Jesus's new commandment or the law of Christ (Jn 13:34; Gal 5:14, 22; 6:2). It's just that Christians do not obey the moral laws as though they are under the Mosaic Covenant (which has a Law package inclusive of ceremonial and social rules). Jews who reject Jesus still do. (Gal 5:1-4). The moral codes predate Israel and the Sinaitic Law. Otherwise Cain shouln't be judged for killing Abel. Moral codes derive from God's character and humans made in his image. That's why even Budhhists and peoples unfamiliar with Israel also know what is right or wrong. (Rom 2:14). Confucius stated the Golden Rule a few hundred years before Christ.

  17. As much as I love RC – he was wrong here. Where as the law is good and holy and acts as a tutor to bring us to Christ – this 3rd use of Calvin was/is a grave error- the Bible doesn’t say without obedience it’s impossible to please God but it says without faith it’s impossible to please God- and that the law is not of faith. This idea that the law is good as a mirror to look at how sinful we are is not what we should be doing – we should be looking at Christ to be transformed into his image -we can’t be looking at ourselves and Christ at the same time. The law is called the Ministry of death engraved on stones, the ministry of condemnation and it is the strength of sin. It makes faith void and faith is what purifies our hearts.

  18. Christ fulfilled all the law, even the moral law of the 10 commandments
    To be under the law of Christ is to be under the law of love, which by the Holy Spirit you are led to imitate Jesus with His self sacrificial love for God and others
    I don’t think we can say Jesus fulfilled this but not that, he either fulfilled all of it or none of it. Might I note though that not murdering your neighbor is obviously the loving thing to do. But there is a greater degree to which the Holy Spirit empowers us to love. Murder begins with anger in the heart. And this is what Jesus talks about in Matthew when He expands upon the law and goes deeper into what it truly means to love God and your neighbor

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