Are We Still Under The Law of Moses?

It’s been a while since I wrote about a misconception about the Bible, and I’m afraid this post might be controversial for some, but it is important and if I get this subject out of the way, it allows me to write future posts without having to explain the law as well.

Are we still under the law of Moses?

Or, do we still follow the ten commandments?

A lot of people would say yes, that we are still under the ten commandments.

This can be so confusing to many! Growing up, I was taught that we were under the ten commandments, I always wondered why we, as baptists at the time, followed some of the rules of the old testament but not all of them.

At sixteen, I realized that that was just one of the many (if not all) the things that I was incorrect about, so let’s get into why we are no longer under the law of Moses.

Are We Still Under The Law of Moses?

First off, I am not invalidating the Old Testament, it is valuable for learning. 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”-Romans 15:4

However, it is in the past.

There were three ages/dispensations:

  • The Patriarchal age (think Abraham)
  • The Mosiac age (the law of Moses can be found in Exodus 20)
  • The Christian age

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The law of Moses had a purpose

 

  • It was a tutor.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”-Galatians 3:24

  • It showed the righteousness of God.

 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” -Romans 7:12

  • It showed sin.

 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”-Romans 3:20

  • It led man to Christ.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”-Galatians 3:24-25

However, the law of Moses also had weaknesses…

 

  • It couldn’t take away sin. 

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”-Hebrews 10:1-4

  • It was temporary.

 “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”-Galatians 3:19

 

  • It was exclusive to only one nation (the Israelites). 

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”-Ephesians 2:12-14

This means, if we are still under the Law of Moses, you and I (unless you are a jew) aren’t under it, and thus have no hope of salvation, and what a terrible thing that would be!

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Thankfully, we have the New Law.

The Old Law (the Mosiac law) was flawed, but the New Law is perfect (James 1:25, Hebrews 7:22).

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”-Romans 8:1-2

We have been freed from the Old Law, it was blotted out (Colossians 2:14-17).

When Jesus died, so did the Old Law. It was a contract and then it was fulfilled, finished, done (Hebrews 8:13). The Old Law has fulfilled its purpose, to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24-15).

Romans 7:1-6 reads:

“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”

We have the New Law now, the New Testament. 

Nine of the ten commandments were repeated in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 8:4-6,  Galatians 5:18-21, Ephesians 6:1-3, Romans 13:8-10,  Revelation 21:7-8,  Ephesians 5:1-7).

Instead of the Sabbath, we meet on Sunday, the first day of the week like the very first churches of Christ did (Acts 20:7).

To say or think that we are still under the ten commandments would demand you in order to be consistent with your beliefs, to do everything else required at the time (animal sacrifices, restricting on kinds of animals that can be eaten, not wearing fixed fabrics, etc).  

It would also demand you to disregard the sacrifice Jesus made for all if you believe that the Law of Moses was enough.

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Whew! That was a longer post, thank you for sticking with me.

What are your thoughts?

 

I know I said that with Coffee Dates I would have some lighter content, and I will! It’s coming up, but this has been in the drafts for a while and I want my blog to be a good mix of soft and more deep topics. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Are We Still Under The Law of Moses?

  1. That’s interesting because in your modesty post you did a while back you used a lot of Old Testament Bible verses… why would you use them if they don’t apply to us at all?

    I’m curious, also, how do you believe people were saved in the Old Testament?

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    1. Hey Lilly! Those are great questions. I’m going to number the answers to your questions so I don’t make it confusing or easy to mix up. :))

      1. the Old Testament is still good for our learning.
      “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”-Romans 15:4
      The reason I used those verses for modesty was that even before the first age, modesty was defined with Adam and Eve in the garden.
      Gen 3:7 tells us about Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, thus they made “aprons” for themselves.Chagowr means a loin covering, basically, they covered their private parts.

      In verses 9-10, Adam and Eve knew that they were still naked and hid from the Lord.
      In verse 21, the Lord made them coats and clothed them.

      Kethoneth, a tunic, a coat that covered from the shoulders to the knees.

      This shoulders and knees is repeated several times in the old testament, for example, in Isa 47:2, it talks about bringing shame by “making bare the leg, uncover the thigh”.

      That’s why the New Testament is so vague on modesty standards because the people being taught for the most part knew the old testament scriptures and understood the standard that was already there.

      It’s like if we ever had a study, I wouldn’t have to talk to you about why it’s important to pray to God like I have with my current study partner, who has had no former background of the Bible, because you have a background and were already taught that and know why.

      2. There were three ages, the Patriarchal age, the Mosiac age, the Christian age, while the ages change and so do circumstances (they didn’t have Jesus, His Word, or His church before the Christian age obviously), God never changes and there’s always been ways to obey Him.
      The new testament makes it clear how we obey him now through verses and examples of how new Christians were converted like the Philippian jailer.
      Your question is a valid one, how were people saved? Romans 3:25 says: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
      I would say through the forbearance of God, like this verse says.

      Hebrews 9:15 is also helpful for understanding how there was hope before Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross: “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

      God knows who obeys Him and who doesn’t, while the other ages had different ways to obey Him since Jesus hadn’t even been born to man yet and they didn’t have the word, there were still ways of obeying and honoring God.

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  2. Grace Marie, you are a wise hearted young women and I love your idea of as we call it, having a box to work from. When questioned, stay in your box. We learned this taking a security course in case we are taking captive as some of our missionaries have been. You have applied it to your life here in good old America. In fact I am going to send it to my oldest grand daughter who is graduated this year from college. Right now she is taking classes on line, wondering if this will keep her from getting a job. I am so glad I stop by your site as I was blog surfing. Good writing, good practical way of handling those questions, that’s wisdom.

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