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Abolished by Christ?
*** Did our Saviour
abolish anything on the cross?
“Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances.” Eph. 2:15.
*** What did He Himself
say about the law?
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I
am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matt. 5:17.
*** How long did He say
the law would endure?NOTE. It is
evident, from these texts, that the abolished law was not the law of ten
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot
or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matt. 5:18 (Luke 16:17).
*** What did Paul say
of the law of God?
“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just,
and good.” Rom. 7:12.
*** How did he regard
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” Rom. 7:22.
*** What does one show
by keeping the commandments?NOTE. A law
that is holy, just, and good, and not grievous, cannot be an “enmity,” as was that which Christ abolished.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments; and His commandments are not grievous.” l John 5:3.
*** Does sin still
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8.
*** Could there be sin
now, if Christ abolished the law?
“For until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not
imputed when there is no law.” Rom. 5:13.
*** What was made
possible by abolishing the law of commandments contained in ordinances?
“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.” Eph. 2:12-14.
*** What was the chief
thing that separated the Jews and the Gentiles?
“And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
circumcision contended with him, saying, Thou wentest in to men
uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.” Acts 11:2, 3.
*** Was circumcision
done away in Christ?
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any- thing, nor
uncircumcision, but a new creature.” Gal. 6:15.
*** After circumcision
and the ordinances connected with it lost their force, what still remained
of the utmost importance?NOTE. There
are several distinct objects to which the term law is applied. (1) The ten
commandments are by themselves called a law, and are often referred to by
that term in the Holy Scriptures. (Ex. 24:12). (2) The ceremonial law of
the Jews was given through Moses, and was abolished at the cross (Deut. 31:26). (3) The five historical books of Moses, which in the
classification of the Scriptures were called “the law,” in
contrast with the prophetical and poetical books; as in the expression,
“which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in
the Psalms, concerning Me” (Luke 24:44). None need be confused
concerning these laws when considering Paul’s statements as to what was
done away, and what remains (Rom. 3:31; Col. 2:14). It was not the five
historical books of Moses which were nailed to the cross. Conventionally,
the term “the law” may still be applied to those books to
distinguish them from other portions of the Scriptures. But the types,
shadows, and ceremonies of the Jewish system, only, were done away; while
the moral law still remains.
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the
keeping of the commandments of God.” 1 Cor. 7:19.
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