What’s the role of the law in the New Covenant?

Many people wonder what I think about the law. As I continue to relentlessly preach grace they seem to jump to the conclusion that I hate the law and that I believe the law is no longer relevant.

Let me address this concern by saying this – I think the same thing the apostles thought about the law.

Here are just a few verses that describe what they thought of the law, as recorded throughout the New Testament. I encourage you to take time and go through them, check them in context, I have, and I am very confident of what the New Testament writers had to say about the law. I know it’s a relatively long list but it’s well worth it.

As a disclaimer, if this list makes you angry, please hear me out to the end. I actually love the law and so did the writers of the NT – so long as it remains in its rightful place!

What the NT authors had to say

Acts

The law is an unbearable yoke. (Acts 15:10)

Romans

The law reveals sin but cannot fix it. (Romans 3:20)

If the law worked then faith would be irrelevant. (Romans 4:14)

The law brings wrath upon those who follow it. (Romans 4:15)

The purpose of the law was to increase sin. (Romans 5:20)

Christians are not under the law. (Romans 6:14)

Christians have been delivered from the law. (Romans 7:1-6)

The law is good, perfect and holy but cannot help you be good, perfect or holy. (Romans 7:7-12)

The law which promises life only brings death through sin. (Romans 7:10)

The law makes you sinful beyond measure. (Romans 7:13)

The law is weak. (Romans 8:2-3)

1 Corinthians

The strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56)

2 Corinthians

The law is a ministry of death. (2 Corinthians 3:7)

The law is a ministry of condemnation. (2 Corinthians 3:9)

The law has no glory at all in comparison with the New Covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:10)

The law is fading away. (2 Corinthians 3:11)

Anywhere the law is preached it produces a mind-hardening and a heart-hardening veil. (2 Corinthians 3:14-15)

Galatians

The law justifies nobody. (Galatians 2:16)

Christians are dead to the law. (Galatians 2:19)

The law frustrates grace. (Galatians 2:21)

To go back to the law after embracing faith is “stupid”. (Galatians 3:1)

The law curses all who practice it and fail to do it perfectly. (Galatians 3:10)

The law has nothing to do with faith. (Galatians 3:11-12)

The law was a curse that Christ redeemed us from. (Galatians 3:13)

The law functioned in God’s purpose as a temporary covenant from Moses till John the Baptist announced Christ. (Galatians 3:16 & 19, also see… Matthew 11:12-13, Luke 16:16)

If the law worked God would have used it to save us. (Galatians 3:21)

The law was our prison. (Galatians 3:23)

The law makes you a slave like Hagar. (Galatians 4:24)

Ephesians

Christ has abolished the law which was a wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:15)

Philippians

Paul considered everything the law gained him as “skybalon” which is Greek for “poop”. (Philippians 3:4-8)

1 Timothy

The law is only good if used in the right context. (1 Timothy 1:8) (see next verse for the context)

It was made for the unrighteous but not for the righteous. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)

Hebrews

The law is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect. (Hebrews 7:18-19)

(As a side – that’s some fighting talk – no wonder the author of Hebrews remains anonymous to this day!)

God has found fault with it and created a better covenant, enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:7-8)

It is obsolete, growing old and ready to vanish. (Hebrews 8:13)

It is only a shadow of good things to come and will never make someone perfect. (Hebrews 10:1)

But… but… the Old Testament

Let’s not kid ourselves, even in the Old Testament the Mosaic Covenant was one that had five times more curses than blessings. There are 13 verses of blessing described (Deuteronomy 28:1-13) and 65 verses of curses (Deuteronomy 27:15-26, 28:16-68).

People lived constantly under the awareness of both the severity of the law and their inability to fulfill it! The law was always more of a curse than a blessing to those who were under it! That was its very purpose – to show just how much trouble they were in!

They knew they were to celebrate the law because it was God-given, but they never ultimately had a revelation of why it was given.

It was given to a people who wanted to do things their own way, as a way to show them they couldn’t! It showed them the standard of God’s holiness was far beyond anything they could ever hope to achieve themselves. This law was required and yet at the same time wholly impossible to obey. It was meant to drive them to grace and mercy and that grace and mercy could only come through the One who did the impossible by fulfilling the law.

The law made things worse

I know personally when I have a sin in my life I have a tendency to want to deal with it using law. When I see a sin, I think “what law can fix the problem here?” Or “what structure can I implement in my life to stop me from sinning?”

The problem is, that this is an Old Covenant way of thinking. The law is not applied to control sin, actually in both Romans 5:20 and 1 Corinthians 15:56 Paul explains to us how the law actually makes sin worse! Wherever there is law, sin starts to run rampant! It throws gasoline on the flames! That’s what the much misunderstood passage Romans 7 is all about, many think it’s about a sinful nature, actually it’s about the law stirring up sin! For more details on this see my article “Romans 7: Did Paul Struggle With a Sinful Nature?”

But Jesus came to fulfill the law, not do away with it!

I hear this argument a LOT when I talk about this stuff, let me ask you a hypothetical question:

Let’s say you have a mortgage for $500,000 owed to the bank. Now imagine that a rich man comes along and pays that mortgage off in full. He gets his receipt of the payment and you receive written notice of the mortgage being paid in full.

Now suppose the first of the month comes round and you get your monthly bill, from the bank, demanding your $2000 monthly repayment.

What are you going to do?

You are going to go straight to the bank with your piece of paper saying that the contract you had with the bank has been paid in full! You would be crazy to keep paying according to the old, fulfilled contract.

Jesus is saying in Matthew 5:17-20 that it is imperative that the standard of the law remains. Because if that standard is not left for those who do not believe in Him people will not realise their inability to do it! To put it in another way, the law must be there otherwise nobody will realise they need grace!

Jesus paid your debt in full. He fulfilled the law. In fact Paul says that the law was nailed to the cross with Him! (Col 2:14)

OK, but just the ceremonial law right?

This is where it gets complex and I want to make it as simple as possible for us all.

You see, a lot of people try to break up the law, into either two, ceremonial and moral, or three parts, ceremonial, civil and moral. I often hear people explain that it was the ceremonial law that was nailed to the cross.

This is a nice idea we use to try keep a hold of as much of the law as we possibly can, while doing away with some. The problem is the Bible doesn’t break up the law as nice and neat as that, in fact it doesn’t break up the law at all.

However, I’m not going to argue about whether or not the law is broken up into sections, let’s just go straight for the jugular.

Paul explains that the “law” which is no longer relevant in the believer’s life is the law which is “written and engraved on stones” in 2 Corinthians 3:7.

Which law does that sound like? The ceremonial law? The civil law? Obviously this is the Ten Commandments Paul is talking about, they were the only laws to be engraved in stone.

Paul isn’t being vague here and wants everyone to know that when he says that the law is no longer applicable in the Christian’s life he means the whole package it came in!

If you feel a need to divide the law up, that’s fine, just so long as you know the whole thing was fulfilled in Christ and the whole thing is for the unbeliever not the believer (1 Timothy 1:9).

So you are saying I should go sin as much as I like?

This is the most common question I get asked, for that reason I won’t be addressing it in this blog.

For those of you who believe that Christians have a sinful nature or perhaps you don’t but are still finding yourself assuming that this is what I’m saying, please read the following articles (there are many more on the website that will help you understand your righteousness in Christ as well.)

Romans 7: Did Paul struggle with a sinful nature
So you are saying it’s impossible to sin
Extreme grace: A license to sin

In short, sinners sin, saints don’t. If you think God made you righteous so you could keep on sinning then you’ve completely missed the point that He made you righteous. Righteous people find it hard to sin. If you think I’m saying you cannot sin as a Christian I again refer you to the above articles!

So what are you saying?

Firstly let me say this, I’m not saying we tear out the first half of our Bible and never read it again. It is still the Bible and God still uses it to teach us and direct us. The Spirit of God helps us divide the scriptures so we understand how to read them in light of the New Covenant. God’s grace is just as present in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament. However this article is not about the Bible, it’s about the law.

So, secondly, I’m not saying you should never read the law or that the law should no longer exist either. We can find in the law loads of things that speak of who God is and teach us the grace and mercy of God. Not only that, but without understanding the law, our sin and the consequences of them, we will never fully be able to celebrate the freedom that God’s grace has brought us into!

We must however be able to divide correctly who the law is for. It is for unbelievers not believers. It is imperative that we understand this, those who put themselves back under the law put themselves right back under a curse. In fact it says if you do so, you are “severed from Christ”, pretty scary language if you ask me! (Galatians 5:4)

It is so important to understand that the law is good, it is perfect, it is holy (Romans 7:7-12), but most importantly it’s essential that we remember that it has a purpose. That purpose is to lead people to the end of themselves, it is there to push people, until they give up on the law and choose to rely on God’s gift of grace!

The law will never save anyone, nor will it make them a better person, whether they are a believer or unbeliever. It is simply there to show us how lost we are without grace.

The law is a mirror, but nobody ever uses the mirror to clean themselves. The purpose of a mirror is to show you your dirty face – not to clean it – you need Jesus to clean that dirty face.

Another reformation

The church is in desperate need for another reformation. For too long we have straddled the fence of the New and Old Covenant. A bit of grace here, a bit of law there. But the truth is that a little leaven ruins the whole bread. We don’t mix grace and law. Grace + Law = Law. The only way to drink grace is undiluted.

Let’s make it a priority to keep the law in its rightful context, as a tool to lead people to the end of themselves.

We must stop teaching the law as if it were a list of rules for us to follow, they are not a list of helpful moral guidelines which we are supposed to focus on trying to keep. It absolutely devastates me that the first thing children learn when they go to church is the ten commandments! Did we not read 2 Corinthians 3:14-15?

“But their minds were hardened. For to this day when they read the Old Covenant that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts”

What are we doing to our children? To ourselves?

The truth is we have been set free from the law, and our lives in grace will look better than those of any person trying to keep the law. Because we are not cleaned from the outside, we are cleaned from the inside. We have become a new creation.

Have you ever thought about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If Adam and Eve didn’t have knowledge of good and evil then how did they please God?

The truth is that God has never wanted the human race to do life constantly trying to figure out if things are good and evil. He’s made us righteous so that everything we would do is good.

You see the biggest hinderance to us doing good is our knowledge of good and evil! If we were willing to put aside our desire to do good and avoid evil, and instead just follow God’s voice, we would see the most incredible changes in our lives.

What might happen if we trusted that Christ in us is good at His job and that the Holy Spirit, actually produces the fruit of the Spirit and not us?

The only thing a believer needs, to live a holy life, is to remain conscious of the fact that God has fully accepted them as His son or daughter, making them a new creation and one with Him, filled with the Holy Spirit. Forever. Amen.

Comments

  1. Steve says

    Thanks so much for this Phil! I recently had an encounter with somebody who is all about the law and I felt ill equipped to handle it. This helps tremendously!!! Bless you!

  2. Thankful reader says

    Thank You Mr.Drysdale this stuff is very obvious in the bible, but I am glad you often save me time of having to pull it out and make documents such as this one, these resources are great for ministers and just us common folk.

  3. Heather says

    Omg not concentrate on what is wrong or what is right just listene to poppas voice? That would make me a free spirit!!!! How wonderful!

  4. Love Unafraid says

    I was really struck by what you said “You see the biggest hinderance to us doing good is our knowledge of good
    and evil! If we were willing to put aside our desire to do good and
    avoid evil, and instead just follow God’s voice, we would see the most
    incredible changes in our lives” I really want to understand this more because sometimes I feel like God’s telling me to do something good but hard, you know, good but I don’t really want to do it or I have a hard time accepting its the best thing because it doesn’t line up with my pre-conceived ideas or with conventional wisdom and sometimes because of this people start saying that it’s bad, even though it lines up with the character of God.. I don’t know.. sorry I’m babbling, haha

  5. Christservant says

    I’d been ministeredwith Pastor Joseph Prince on radical grace it’s life transformingThank you for pulling this together. Continue preaching the truth, brother!

  6. Josh C. says

    Phil, that was phenomenal! Thank you so much for compiling the long list of passages that make this so clear. I now have a reference to point to rather than trying to flip the whole of the NT to show someone. God bless!

    • says

      Thanks Josh, my goal was exactly that – to have somewhere I could point people to as I was getting so many questions about this topic. Glad you enjoyed it and that it will be a resource for you. Much love bro!

  7. Grafted Believer says

    Something needs to be understood. The word law is a poor translation of the Hebrew word Torah. Law actually comes from the Greek word nomos. The word Torah means instruction and comes from the Hebrew root word yarah, which means to direct or point. By the way, the new covenant spoken of in Hebrews 8:8-12 is a direct reference to Jeremiah 31:31-34. While verse 7 says if the first covenant was faultless, then no place would be sought for a second, this is understood properly in the beginning of verse 8, with the fault being from the ones who broke the covenant. The Creator’s remedy was to write his commandments, instructions, laws, ordinances, statutes, etc. in the minds and on the hearts of His people.

    Observing the Torah without receiving salvation is like trying to walk the narrow way without passing through the narrow gate, which is an equivalent of trying to enter the sheepfold another way instead of through the door according to John 10:1.

    • says

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on this my friend. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree but that’s totally fine, there is lots of room for lots of different opinions on this and we are all on a journey being lead by the Holy Spirit into ALL truth :)

  8. Stephanie says

    TRUE GRACE BRINGS A TRANSFORMATION TO YOUR BAD HABITS. IT SAYS IN 1 TIMOTHY 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith (GRACE), giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. TITUS 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
    SO WE SHALL NOT SIN!

    • Phil Drysdale says

      Absolutely those are great passages Stephanie – As I say in the article, the only way we will ever walk in a lifestyle free from sin is to move away from the law and into grace. It is the only thing with the power to completely transform the believer from the inside out.

      Much love! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Raphael says

    Phil, im grateful to God i met someone like you who share in what i really think the bible teaches about grace. God bless you. And im also looking forward to the article on he 25 qualities of a good leader

  10. Paul says

    Thanks Phil,
    It is always good to be reminded again and again of these truths. It is so easy to slip into self effort of trying to please God by doing what is right and then judging others by the “right” that you live. When in effect it is nothing and “filthy rags” compared to Gods standard of perfection. I know that I need to be reminded continuously to live under Gods grace, and walk by his spirit so that I can extend that grace to others.

  11. John MacDonald says

    Hi Phil:
    Thank You for this amazing resource! Next year marks 30 years as a Christian for me. About 16 months ago I felt that God hit the reset button in my life about my understanding of the Word of God! I read Joseph Prince’s book Destined to Reign. The revelation that he teaches changed my life for eternity! Everything witnessed to my Spirit and all confusion left as everything about the new covenant made sense! I look forward to meeting you one day! Keep following Grace’s awesome plan for your life!

    • Phil Drysdale says

      That is incredible John – so excited for you. What a great journey this is isn’t it?

      I too look forward to meeting you. Where are you based? Perhaps I will be in your area on a trip soon. :)

  12. John Campbell says

    Great compilation and proper contextual resource of the New Covenant of grace!! As a former crack addict for 12 years it was only God’s grace which set me free!! I am totally “with you” brother on this.
    This is something God gave me: The main message of the Bible is the prophesied, blood bought and glorious New Covenant of grace, which continually puts the spotlight on Jesus Christ and who we are In Him; which is a redeemed and beloved child of God AND Kingdom of Priest’s AT NEW BIRTH; whose primary purpose is to minister unto the Lord in the inner court as a priest, to be nearest His presence; thus being empowered as a conduit to present Jesus Himself to others and bring the Kingdom of God to earth!!
    If you are ever in the Boston area , my wife and i live in a 3 bedroom unit and you are always welcome.
    Keep it up brother, you are doing the body of Christ a great service by clearly explaining the New Covenant in spite of this fear of “hyper grace.”

    • Phil Drysdale says

      Thanks so much John – so blessed to read how God has set you free and transformed your life by the power of His grace!

      Would love to connect with you next time I’m out in New England – I just did a 2 week tour out there 2 weeks ago!

  13. John Campbell says

    I believe you would enjoy Loving grace.com. Wayne Monbleau has been hosting the longest running radio talk show in America the past 37 years called “Let’s talk about Jesus.” He has an amazing 37 CD teaching on the new covenant! He is all about the NC and has never screened a caller for that entire time. Very humble man who has been teaching in depth on the NC of grace for decades!!!

  14. Peter says

    Hi Phil, too bad you fell for the deceivers message of lawlessness.
    The Ten Commandments are about how to love God and how to love your neighbour 101.
    We are told that the New Covenant is that God puts His laws in our hearts and writes them on our minds.
    And we are told that if we love God, we will keep His commandments.
    Paul said that circumcision or un-circumcision, means nothing, what is important, is to keep the Commandments.
    In Rev. 12:17, the the Dragon went off to make war with the children of the woman, the Church, those who keep the Commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.
    In Rev. 14:12, it says, here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the Commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
    We no longer see the law as a set of rules, but the Law of liberty.
    Paul said that the Mosaic law was added because of transgressions.
    There was two covenants made with Israel in the desert, (Deut. 29:1).
    The Ten Commandments in Horeb, and the Mosaic law in Moab.
    We now fulfill the Ten Commandments by love, they have not been done away with, to say that, is preaching lawlessness.
    If you see the law through the veil, that is the flesh, you will see it as death, when you see it through the Spirit, it is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet.
    If you are Born again, that means, something has to die, that something is the flesh.
    If your not putting the lusts and desires of the flesh to death, you are not a child of God and are under the Law. (Rom 8:12-1. Gal 5:24.)
    FYI, I am a Born again believer, I spoke in tongues 14 years before I even knew what it was.
    I have seen many visions and dreams, I have seen Angels and demons, I have heard the audible voice of God 3 times, I have been healed by both laying on of hands and also while worshiping, I have received and given prophecies that have come to pass.
    In short, God has revealed Himself to me in many ways, so that I know my faith is not in vain.
    True faith works by love and never gives up, even if we don’t receive what we are believing for, just like those in Hebrews 11, who never received the promises, but who resisted sin, and these are our example also, to resist sin, even if it costs us everything.
    Our desire should be to please God in all we do, to allow sin to reign or even remain in our minds or hearts, means we are double minded and will receive nothing.
    The Law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus, (John 1:17.)
    It is not Grace only, it is Grace and Truth, Jesus says in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth.”
    Through the Spirit, we can now determine the truth of the Commandments, to love God and to love your neighbour, or if you believe that the Ten Commandments are not for us, which one is that?
    Are we now allowed to not honour our parents? Jesus dealt with the Pharisees on this very issue, when they said that whatever they had to give them was given to God.
    They used the law to counteract the Commandments.
    Now the antichrist is using Grace to counteract the Commandments.
    True Grace is this, that God will let us go through times of tribulation and testing for our sanctification, then He, Himself will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us. (1Peter 5:9-12).
    So what other Commandments are we not to keep, are we now allowed to kill, steal, covet, commit adultery, according to what you say, we are!
    Outside of Christ, I am a dirty rotten sinner, my righteousness is as dirty rags, even if I believe in Jesus, but IN Christ, I am being sanctified and being made holy and have all the promises of God, made available to me. If I claim to be In Christ, and continue to sin, then I prove myself to be a transgressor.
    When Paul says that “Through the Law, I died to the Law,” means that, now He understands the will of God, against sin, he no longer goes down that road and the law now becomes of no account for fear of punishment, but becomes the mirror by which we don’t forget what we have been called to. The Law of Liberty from judgement, as we walk in the will of God.
    By the goodness and mercy and by the loving kindness of God (His Grace), I now have a hope and a destination, but I do this by overcoming sin and by repentance, which is the foundation of the Gospel of the Kingdom, I keep myself in the love and grace of God.
    All our past sin, or our former way of life, was dealt with at the Cross, that was the entry point, but now we must walk according to the Spirit and with the Spirit, put to death the deeds of the body, this is our walk.
    The righteousness of God, is His judgement and justice, it is not our righteousness, the righteousness of Jesus is his obedience to the word of God, to the death, it is not our righteousness.
    God, in His loving kindness, has made a way that if we have faith in His Son, then that is our righteousness, by our faith, and faith works by love. Gal. 5:6.
    By this faith in His Son, He attributes the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, for the penalty of sin, to us.
    For this, I am eternally grateful, and will always try to do the things that please Him, knowing that, even if I slip up, I can still approach the throne and depend on His goodness and mercy to forgive me and cleanse my conscience again.

    • Phil Drysdale says

      Hey Peter – thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are far from alone with your views and I’m sure many will read your comment here and agree.

      As you can see from my blog and my many other resources that discuss this topic in great depth we are completely at odds with out we interpret the scriptures on this topic.

      That’s OK though. I’m happy to agree to disagree :)

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

  15. Shoshanah says

    Thanks for all the law Scriptures, Phil! As you stated, based on Gal. 3:19, (one of my favourite verses) it was temporary covenant. I would add that the Mosaic covenant was given ONLY to the nation of Israel NEVER TO Gentiles. Most of the church is made up of Gentiles, but, HALLALUYAH, many Jews are coming to Christ, so why do we even bother with it at all, except to tell people it’s finished! The epistles were written by Jewish believers, mostly, to Jewish believers during the crossover from law to full Grace, from Calvary to the final destruction of the law system in 70 AD. If God chose to destroy it why do we revive it at all? It faded away in 70 AD!!

    • Phil Drysdale says

      Hi Shoshanah – I’d really recommend my law video if you want my full thoughts on this.

      I agree that the Gentiles were never under the mosaic law – however they were still under the same system of religion and law that all mankind has been in bondage to from the beginning. The curse from Adam and Eve that was “knowledge of good and evil”. Seeing to know what it right and wrong and living from that rather than walking with God.

      Here is a link to the video – http://www.phildrysdale.com/work/christians-are-not-under-the-law-full-13226mins/

      I also have a module on this coming out next week as part of my upcoming Grace Course.

  16. Brian Midmore says

    Problematic to this position is Eph 6 1-3 where Paul quotes the 5th commandment and uses it as an exhortation to holiness. Paul expected Christian children to consider this command and obey it. Should we not also consider other commands of God and obey them? Now for the Jews under the Old covenant of the Law this was not possible because of the weakness of the flesh. But under the covenant of grace we are empowered to fulfil the Law. This apparently does not always happen spontaneously as Paul’s exhortation to obedience in Eph 6 1-3 reveals.

    • helen says

      Trying again to post…

      I thought about that, Brian and think it’s a great question.
      We have so many scriptures to look at to see that we are not under the law, and then we see one of the 10 commandments being quoted in Ephesians 6:1. It’s interesting that most of them were said in the form of “You shall not” But honoring your parents was done in the affirmative or positive – “Honor your parents”
      So it seems to me that as Christians as we follow Christ – we would not need encouragement to “Don’t murder, steal, covet, etc.” But when we are faced with the law of love – we need all the encouragement we can get to really show Christ’s love to others in our lives. As we know – that goes beyond ‘not murdering’ but into the hidden man of the heart. It’s not that the NT doesn’t agree that they are wrong – but we are called to something higher.
      What do you think?

  17. Clay W. says

    the problem that many have with not understanding law & grace is that they think, as I did growing up, that if we don’t at least try in some degree to do the Law or be “good” then how will we have a holy life or or how will good works be done then? The Bible provides the answer: Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. In other words, the Law is fulfilled in us as we live by grace because Jesus already fulfilled the law for us.

  18. drew says

    Hey man! I agree with a lot of what you’re saying but also have some questions.

    Let me fist say that I definitely agree through Grace we are Righteous by faith. My definition of sanctification is walking out who you already are in Christ. We cannot become righteous by obeying the law. We are only righteous in Christ.

    Having said that, something hit me one day.

    Jeremiah 31:33
    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

    Why would God write something on our hearts that He intends to do away with?

    It’s crazy to me that no one talks about this scripture. This is the prophesy of the New Covenant. Shortly after meditating on this, things clicked for me. And it goes something like this……

    – Under the Law means under it’s punishment and we can no longer be under it’s punishment because we are already righteous in Christ.

    – The Law however can instruct us in righteousness and good.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17
    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    When this scripture was written, the canonized New Testament was not yet assembled. Paul was referring to the writing and the prophets, “the old testament” or correctly Torah.

    How do we know what is good and what we should do unless we have instruction?

    This is why even Paul still quotes the Torah (Instruction)

    Ephesians 6:2
    “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:

    Is Paul quoting the Law? Yes! Is it Law or Grace? No!

    You rightly pointed out that the Law made us guilty before God. But now that we are righteous, it connote make us guilty, it can only direct and instruct us!

    The law was not all don’t commandments, lots of them were do commandments. God wants us to focus on what is good, pure and His perfect will.

    The Law instructs us in righteousness and we do not keep the law to obtain righteousness, we keep the instructions naturally because we are walking in the Spirit and are already righteous.

    The Law is only a problem for the unrighteous. For the Righteous the Law (Torah) is a beautiful thing.

    The only problem comes when we try keep God’s instructions to obtain righteousness or to earn it. We cannot earn it because it is a free gift. We walk it out daily as believers being led by the Spirit walking in love.

    Psalm 119:97
    How I love your Torah!
    I meditate on it all day.

    It’s time in Christianity that we stop going back and forth. Butchering the scriptures and placing our own understandings of the Bible above God’s it’s time that we RIGHTLY dive the word of Truth.

    NO one is righteous by obeying the Torah. NO ONE! In the New Covenant He writes Torah on our hearts and it is natural because we are righteous through faith in Jesus.

    Romans 3:31
    Does it follow that we abolish Torah by this trusting? Heaven forbid! On the contrary, we confirm Torah.

    How do we uphold Torah? By walking in the Spirit! How do we walk in the Spirit, by not fulfilling the lust of the flesh.

    By telling people there is no Torah, we rob them.

    Matthew 7:22-29

    On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’[a]

    I conclude with this. In Christ we are forgiven, accepted and made righteous. Period. As believes our desires change and we desire righteousness. Naturally we begin to walk out righteous by loving Him and walking in the Spirit. You rightly said in a video that He convinces of of our righteousness. That’s so true. Thanks God!! So for the believer the Torah should be no problem! Righteousness instructing righteousness. I love torah!

  19. Ginny Primm says

    So, I understand that I don’t have to follow the rules of the Old Law/Old Testament anymore. But, I’m still confused about everything in the New Testament. Do I do what Jesus says to do? What about what all the apostles say in all the other books?

  20. Carrie Armstrong says

    I stumbled upon your website looking for a compare/contrast of law versus grace. I wholeheartedly agree with you that we must ask questions and pursue the truth with the discernment of the Holy Spirit. I have a brother who seems at odds with almost everyone, even me, and we are suppose to be on the same team! He puts scripture texts on his vehicle that are so full of wrath and judgment it could melt tint! The latest post is from Deuteronomy 32:35-36, but quite a few come from the Old Testament prophets and are full of doom and gloom. He is constantly getting upset with me for not doing the same thing.
    I know I need to enter into the fields “ripe with harvest” for time is short and laborers few. Its just his condescending, judgmental attitude is constantly causing him to not talk to me and berate me for not meeting his imposed standards. I think he had a religious spirit, and I told him so. You can imagine how that went over. Any suggestions? I thought about sending him the above blog.

  21. helen says

    This was a great article!
    A lot of extensive work.
    I researched all the scriptures and copied them into a word document
    to study.
    thanks so much!

  22. Tom says

    Phil, what about the Mormons who have a constant stream of new law from their prophets? I think you would say that those “new” laws are also dead (in addition to false perhaps). It strikes me that this is a particularly powerful way of communicating with Mormons. If we first understand that all law is dead, it makes discussion of whether or not said laws are “true” or not a moot point. Do you have any ideas on how these “new” laws, in this context, ought to be approached by Christians?

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