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The Law of God - The Law of Moses The Law of Christ an overview

The subject of God's Law is vast, and yet, its understanding and application for us today is simple. Because this subject is vast, it can go in many different legitimate directions. Therefore, I will endeavor to keep this overview simple and general.

Because the Law of God is vast, it is also subject to much misunderstanding and misinterpretation; mainly because people to not discern its function in its God appointed time-frames. To truly understand God's Laws we must understand His purposes in His appointed times for His administrations and accomplishments.

When considering God's Law and secular law, Christians today should align themselves to the laws of the lands in which they live. In short, Christians must keep those laws as directed by God's Word unless they counter His Laws, that is, unless they stand in opposition to His Will and Words.

In the majority of the cases when the Law is dealt with in the New Covenant Scriptures, it is the Mosaic Law that is in view. This Law was unique to ancient Israel and only fully applicable to them. It had a starting place - Mount Sinai through Moses - and an ending place - being both fulfilled and abrogated in the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the Parousia of Jesus. Jesus, His Apostles and Prophets, and the whole original assembly of Christ lived in the final days - the last days - of the Mosaic Age or Law and the dawning of the Kingdom of God. Between those last days and that dawning there was an overlap. As the writer of Hebrews said, "What was obsolete and growing old (The Law) was about to disappear." Because of these facts, there were final things to be fulfilled, with Jesus Himself and all that He taught and did, being the absolute fulfillment of that Age and Law. Yet, knowing all of this, God's Law was still supreme and applicable before there ever was an ancient people called Israel. This is because God's eternal Law is His Word that is grounded in His Will and which arises out of His eternal and timeless character. Therefore, God's eternal Law applied to Adam, to Enoch, to Noah, to Abraham, to Job, and to men like these who obeyed God and who lived before God gave His unique Law to Moses for His unique people, Israel. Even so, God's plan was to bring forth a particular and unique people out of which He would redeem the world and fill all things. Therefore, in order for these people to be and remain unique for this purpose, God gave them certain separation laws that were not based upon His eternal and timeless character. These were contained in food laws, worship laws, hygiene laws, agricultural laws, temporary physical holiness (separation) laws, and things like these. Romans 14 deals with such temporary food laws that were unique to ancient Israel. Because this was not properly understood, the Jews of that assembly (and perhaps some Gentiles) continued to practice those laws thinking that such law keeping would bring them closer to God. What they did not comprehend was that those laws had reached their terminus in none other then Jesus Himself, Who was the goal and fulfillment of all of God's Laws of submission and fellowship. This is the meaning of Matthew 5: 17-20. Jesus was telling the Jews that He and His Words were the ever abiding fulfillment of the Mosaic Law - all of which pointed to Him as embodying the righteousness and holiness of God. Mark 10:19 and Luke 18:20 illustrate all of this in a very powerful way. Although God gave His unique and temporary laws contained in His Mosaic covenant (called by New Covenant writers as "old") to His unique and temporary people, Israel, because they were His Laws they also, by necessity, contained His eternal Laws based on His timeless character. These kinds of eternal, timeless Laws apply to all people in every age!

 

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