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Law In The New Covenant


I will begin by saying; I believe the Ten Commandments have a place in the New Covenant.  With that being said, let us examine a few things.
 
There is a distinction between what we call the Law of Moses and the Ten Commandments.  Even though Moses was given the Decalogue, there remains a difference between it and the Law of Moses.  The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18) the Law of Moses was written by the hand of man.  Consider Deuteronomy 31:24-26, “And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of the law in a book, until they were finished, that Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee” (emphasis added).  Other translations say, “place it beside the ark of the covenant…” The New Testament calls the Law of Moses, “the handwriting of ordinances” (Colossians 2:14) which was placed on the outside of the Ark of the Covenant.  The Ten Commandments stand apart from the handwritten law.  The Ten Commandments were placed within the Ark as a sign of their longevity.  The Ten Commandments have also been called the moral code of God, and rightfully so. 
 
The Law of Moses was confined to the Old Testament, written for the Children of Israel after the flesh.  When we come to the New Testament we find no mention of the written words of the Law of Moses, other than to state that they were blotted out (Colossians 2:14).  When dealing with this issue of the Law of Moses in the New Covenant Church, the apostles made clear that the Law of Moses was not a New Testament doctrine.  Acts 15:5-11, “But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, that it was needful to circumcise them, [the Gentiles] and to command them to keep the law of Moses.  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.  And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.   Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”  Verses 28, 29 of the same chapter states; “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.  Fare ye well.”  Without question, one can conclude that the New Covenant dropped the Law of Moses.
 
We also note that in Hebrews 3:1-6 the writer explains the preeminence of Christ over Moses.  Nowhere in Scripture are we told to annex Moses into the house of Christ.  Hebrews 8:6-13 without doubt, confirms the passing away of the Old Covenant.  The law spoken of in verse 10 is referring to the law of the Spirit, i.e., the infusing of the moral code of God with our spirits.  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus should not be confused with the Law of Moses.  The Law of Moses was the law of sin and death because it only pertained to the flesh.  However, the Law of the Spirit brings life and righteousness to its followers (Romans 8:1-10).
 
Does the Law of Moses have any place within a Christian’s life?  This may shock some, but I think the Law of Moses reveals some valuable truths pertaining to the flesh.  I personally believe that many of the Laws of Moses reveal principles that may very well help us on our spiritual journey.  Please remember, the law has no ability to save or impart righteousness.  The law reveals our inadequacies before a Holy God.  With that being said, we must also remember that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17).  The Law of Moses reveals principles that can help us in our spiritual pilgrimage.  If we do not adhere to these principles we have not sinned.  Example; the Law of Moses states one should not eat anything God calls unclean.   If we, under the New Covenant, eat unclean things we have not sinned, simply because the New Covenant does not tells us to abstain from unclean things.  The health principle is ours to gain if we follow the rule of clean and unclean, but we have not sinned if we violate the Law of Moses, simply because we are not under that law.   Honestly, the New Covenant states, “For the kingdom of God is not meat [food] and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” Romans 14:17.  Also, Romans 14:20 “For meat [food] destroy not the work of God…”  Again, 1 Timothy 4:4, 5 “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” {In this passage Paul is referring to Genesis 9:3 where God told Noah, after the flood, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat [food] for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” (Remember, this was before the Law of Moses).  Note: in the very next verse God told Noah, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”  The blood being forbidden to eat, is also carried over to the New Covenant.}
 
So, “Let not the one that eats all things despise the one who limits his diet; and let not the one who limits his diet judge him that eats all things: for God has received him.  Who do we think we are, that we can judge another mans servant” (Romans 14:3, 4a).
 
1 Corinthians 6:13 “Meats [food] is for the belly, and the belly for the food: but God shall destroy both it and them.  However, the focus should be on this; that the body is not given to fornication.  Our bodies belong to the Lord, and the Lord is for our bodies.”
 

In closing, we have the moral DNA of God infused to our spirits, i.e. the Ten Commandments.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to guide us to a brighter day by the indwelling of God in our hearts.

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