Christian’s relationship to the OT Law

July 22, 2006 § 1 Comment

I thought I would just throw our study conclusions out there for y’all’s perusal. Let me know what you think.

The statements below are those which we have agreed upon during group.

1.The Law foreshadowed the reality to come in Christ.
Heb. 9:17-22; 10:1-2; 9:23-25.

2.The Law was a teacher to reveal our need for a Savior.
Gal. 3:24; Rom. 7:6-13; I Tim. 1:3-11.

3.Although it could create better behavior, the Law could never create God’s righteousness within humanity.
Gal. 2:16; Rom. 9:30-33; Heb. 10:4; 7:18-19.

4.The Law was becoming obsolete and was ready to pass away when a New Covenant was prophesied. Heb. 8:13; 9:8-10; 7:12; 7:18; Jer. 31:31-34.

5.Jesus ushered in the New Covenant which had been foretold in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezk. 37:26-27; Psalms 110:4; I Cor. 11:23-30; II Cor. 3:1-6; Heb. 8: 6-7, 10:15-17, 9:15-16; 12:18-24; Luke16:16-17, 22:20.

6.The Law was an interim between the promise to Abraham and the advent of that promise (Jesus). Gal. 3:19; Rom. 4:1-25; Matt 5:17-18.

7.Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law and declared, in His authority, its completion. Eph. 2:11-18; Heb. 7:18-19; Heb. 7:22.

8.The Law/Old Covenant is no longer a valid form of relationship between man and God. Heb. 8:13.

9.Redemption and righteousness are found only in Jesus. Eph. 1:7; 2:8; Gal. 3:26-29; Heb. 7:22.

10.Christians must not seek justification through the Old Testament Law. Rom. 7:1-6; Heb. 10:11-18; Heb. 13:9-13; Gal. 4:8-11, 5:2-4.

11.Having died to the world with Christ in baptism and raised to new life through faith, we are removed from the jurisdiction and condemnation of the Law. Acts 13:39-39; Gal. 2:29; Rom. 3:21-31; Rom 5:9-22 & 1-6.

12.Jesus went above and beyond the Law to restore His original intentions for a sinless humanity. He undoes the Genesis sin and returns all things to their original order. Matthew Chapter 5.

13.Christians are saved by grace through faith to allow us, in Jesus’ Person & Spirit, to be obedient to all He has taught. I John 5:2-34; Matt. 28:19-20; I Peter 1:13-23; James 2:21-26; Rom. 6:15-23.

14.With the coming of the New Covenant, Christians may follow the Law for habitual/cultural reasons, while understanding that no justification is given for these acts. Acts 16:1-3; Gal. 5:1; Col. 2:16-17; Rom. 14.

15.A new ‘Royal Law’ was instituted with Christ’s death. Jam. 2:8-13.

16.We are no longer judged by the OT Law, but by Christ’s Law of Liberty. Jam. 2:12.

17.The Council of Jerusalem established what former things Christians are still to be bound by. These were some of the commands God set into place before the Law. Acts 15:19-20; Genesis 2:24, 35:2 & 9:4; Exodus 34:15.

18.Rejection of the New Covenant leads to condemnation. John 3:26 & 3:36; 8:24; 16:8-11.


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§ One Response to Christian’s relationship to the OT Law

  • kengara says:

    I am saving this in memories, because it is useful! The way I see it, the law is no good for getting saved; only Yeshua is good for that. But the law is still good to follow because God wouldn’t command it if it weren’t good, so I do it to please Him.

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