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ISAIAH 66:17: “SOME OF YOU …… EAT THE MEAT OF PIGS …… BUT I, THE LORD, WILL DESTROY YOU FOR THIS.” — Contemporary English Version
Think Bible translations are not tainted with a MISLEADING, anti-Old Testament, personal remark inserted directly into the original Greek by MOST translators? Go to GLARING EXAMPLES OF TRANSLATORS’ BIAS AGAINST OT LAWS to read with your own eyes what most of them have been able to get away with.
Before you are shown strong Biblical evidence that the Isaiah verses above still apply to Christians, you first need to understand better what “not under the law ” most logically really means in a Bible that even Jesus Himself indicated was not always worded in the most easily understandable, clear way. The following explanation harmoniously encompasses all verses in both the Old and New Testaments. Remember, the division of the Bible into the Old and New Testaments is purely a man made division. The title of this page contains some of the words in the highly qualified, highly condensed verse in the New Testament’s Romans 6:14: “…… you are not under law but under grace” (NKJV) referring to the ORIGINAL, WHOLE law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10), previously requiring 1) the now specifically identified by name, abolished sacrifices, 2) the now specifically identified by name, abolished circumcision, 3) the now specifically identified by name, abolished Levitical priesthood, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BY FAR 4) the now specifically identified by name, abolished death penalty for sin (Romans 8:2), thanks to the supreme, sacrificial death of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Previously, you should have been ALREADY EXECUTED AND QUICKLY BURIED MANY TIMES for repeatedly working on Saturdays (Numbers 15:35) or for cursing your parents when you were younger (Mark 7:10), regardless of whether or not you had later repented of those sins, for some examples. Due to the severity of this monumental law of sin and death we all must still experience a hopefully temporary, physical death. The permanent death penalty, though, has been annulled ONLY for REPENTANT, baptized, Holy Spirit led Christians (Romans 3:19, Galatians 5:18) continuing to obey NT modified OT law who also continue to repent whenever they “stumble” and sin (1 John 2:1, Romans 8:2, 1 Corinthians 9:27). The Greek for the word “under” can also easily be translated as “of,” as in “not of the law.” Romans 8:2 was a MAJOR, merciful change in the ORIGINAL Old Testament, Mosaic law. The Old Covenant, though not literally a part of the original law itself, has been changed and improved greatly (2 Corinthians 3:11). The New Covenant now also promises complete forgiveness of sin that has been repented of, the Holy Spirit, and immortality which were not available in the physical blessings and protection for obedience based Old Covenant.
We are COMMANDED, STRICTLY, AND REPEATEDLY to obey the Ten Commandments (13 times) and the tithing laws (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42) in the New Testament. Are the Ten Commandments and the tithing laws part of the original, Old Testament, Mosaic law? YES, OF COURSE, MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES OVER!! So there you have it, right there, AUTOMATIC, INSTANTANEOUS, ABSOLUTE, “TITANIUM REINFORCED CONCRETE PROOF” that HIGHLY QUALIFIED, CONCISE verses saying basically that we “are no longer under the law” CANNOT POSSIBLY be saying ABSOLUTELY that we no longer need to obey ANY of the OT laws. Some OT, Mosaic laws command us to 1) not put stumbling blocks in front of blind people, 2) not remove property landmarks, 3) not be a member of a vandalizing mob, 4) not prosecute a son for a crime committed by his father, 5) not commit bestiality, and 6) not commit bribery, common sense laws which even most pagan societies in the most remote areas of Africa obey. So are you REALLY going to STILL try to use Romans 6:14 and similar verses (“dead to the law,” “delivered from the law,” etc.) to claim that the observance of THOSE 6 very good laws, which are not specifically mentioned in the NT, has been abolished, too? Just try to keep steadily breaking those laws and you probably will fairly quickly end up in jail, seriously wounded, or dead, learning the hard way that the continued, strict observance of those particular OT laws, and by implication the rest of the still applicable OT laws, HAS NOT BEEN ABOLISHED.
If you STILL BELIEVE that Romans 6:14 frees you from mandatory NT modified OT law keeping, read the last part of that verse. It says Christians are under grace. Guess what? You actually have to OBEY THE LAW to come under grace initially, then you have to keep obeying the law to REMAIN UNDER GRACE!! How about that? The Biblical definition of grace is defined as follows: Romans 3:24,25: “…… GRACE, through …… Jesus: …… 25 in His pity God let the SINS OF EARLIER TIMES GO UNPUNISHED” (Bible in Basic English). Did you just see those words “SINS OF EARLIER TIMES”? Those words mean “past sins,” and past sins only, not future or post baptismal, un-repented of sins. Grace is not an unlimited license to sin after initial repentance of sinning. Sins are SPECIFICALLY AND CLEARLY defined as breaking Biblical laws, or more literally, violating the torah (1 John 3:4 which contains the anomia word). TO REMAIN UNDER GRACE, WHICH IS A TYPE OF PARDON FOR PAST SINS, YOU MUST STOP SINNING SINCE GRACE COVERS ONLY PAST, PRE-BAPTISMAL SINS REPENTED OF AND FUTURE SINS COMMITTED ACCIDENTALLY OR THROUGH EXTREME TEMPTATION OR CARELESSNESS, IF SINCERELY REPENTED OF. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP SINNING IS TO OBEY THE LAW, WHICH IS THE NT MODIFIED OT LAW. A state governor, for example, will not pardon and free a convicted, imprisoned murderer who refuses to repent of his past crime of premeditated murder, especially if he says that he cannot guarantee that he will not kill again. So if you think you can get away with using the first part of Romans 6:14 to escape observing the dietary, tithing, festival, and other still applicable OT laws, then the last part of that verse thoroughly ensnares you. NOT ONLY THAT, OF COURSE, ROMANS 6:15, the next verse, basically “SPELLS OUT” in clear language the continuing need to obey Biblical laws despite being under grace or forgiveness for past, pre-baptismal sins, violations of the law.
Again, if you still believe, maybe because you mistakenly think the majority must always be right, that Romans 6:14 gives you permission to not obey the remaining OT laws that never were individually singled out as abolished, consider this: in your quest to obtain the Holy Spirit which definitely is needed for salvation (Romans 8:9-11), you most likely will NEVER acquire it unless you REPENT, SINCERELY, OF SINNING (did you just see that word “REPENT”?) which is DEMANDED in Acts 2:38 to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repentance involves a sincere decision to stop violating all known, still applicable Biblical laws. The ONLY way you can stop breaking laws is to OBEY the now NT modified OT law. Again, the Biblical definition of sin is breaking the law (1 John 3:4), now currently the NT modified OT law. So the requirements of the Holy Spirit have ensnared you even more thoroughly if you continue to try to use Romans 6:14 and similar verses as an excuse to skip tithing, eat pork, eat during the 24 hour fasting day of Atonement, and toil for profit on Saturdays, for some examples. Therefore observance of the NT modified OT law cannot be the part that we are not under. The previously merciless, unforgiving penalty for sinning is the part of the law, minus certain other abolished laws, that we, as continuous law keepers, are no longer under since Jesus’ death has paid that penalty in full. That is the big law Christians are no longer under.
Romans 7:6: “…… we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” — NKJV Grace through Jesus’ sacrifice is what really saves us now, not law obedience, but law keeping is still an integral, required part of salvation as “spelled out” in verses 7, 12, 22, and in over 100 other pro-law verses
ISAIAH 66:17: “SOME OF YOU …… EAT THE MEAT OF PIGS …… BUT I, THE LORD, WILL DESTROY YOU FOR THIS.” — Contemporary English Version
If you still think that the above promise of annihilation no longer applies to Christians, you should be able to prove it Biblically, AND BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT, TOO, but can you really do that? Some other Old Testament laws definitely have been abolished, such as the sacrifice (Hebrews 9:9-13, 10:1,10), circumcision (Acts 15:24, 1 Corinthians 7:19), Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 7:11-28), and the death penalty for sin (Romans 8:2), laws which are CLEARLY IDENTIFIED BY NAME AND DISCUSSED in the New Testament. Those discussions show that those laws have been annulled, and we are “no longer under them,” which were a part of the original law. Yes, the Lord said basically to obey such laws forever, but He has the right to change His mind. He did change it and told us about the specific changes, ONE BY ONE, in the NT. NO SUCH SPECIFIC DISCUSSIONS, keiner, nessuno, none at all, though, about changes in the dietary laws (or tithing, festival, or Saturday rest laws, either) are found anywhere in the NT. Among dozens of law commanding NT verses there are some verses, though few, that do give additional, specific support for continuing to obey the food laws such as Acts 10:14 (the custom of Peter was to NEVER eat forbidden food which is a very strong indicator that the rest of the like minded Apostles also NEVER ate forbidden food), 2 Corinthians 6:17 (nothing UNCLEAN [the Greek word can refer to the Levitically unclean meats] was to be EVEN TOUCHED, much less eaten by implication) and Revelation 18:2 (the fact that UNCLEAN birds still existed showed that unclean, forbidden to eat animals were still around). The fact that those three verses do exist at all adds TREMENDOUS support to the idea that the dietary laws are still in force. The mere existence of even just one verse (Corinthians 5:8) supporting the continued observance of the OT festivals also adds GREATLY to the understanding that festival observance is still very much in force. Another insurmountable problem you will have trouble explaining away is the context of the Isaiah verses above. The time frame of Isaiah 66:17 refers to the distant future after a “new earth” has been created, a time that has not yet arrived. The Lord will finally run out of patience and destroy those who still insist with deliberate rebelliousness on eating the forbidden foods in a future age occurring after the coming Christian millennium (Revelation 20:1-7) when tigers, leopards, and all the other big cats will be eating grass, not meat (Isaiah 65:25). There is a conspicuous absence of prophecies telling us that currently abolished, mandatory circumcision, for example, or the currently abolished, Levitical Priesthood will continue on in the distant future when a “new earth” will have been created, which helps add to the validity of Isaiah 66:17. Those Isaiah verses re-assert the need to, even in the future, continue avoiding eating the “unclean” meats.
Most Christians, thanks largely to biased Bible translators, are prejudiced against Old Testament law keeping. If you don’t believe most translators are unjustly biased against the Mosaic laws, click GLARING EXAMPLES OF TRANSLATORS’ BIAS AGAINST OT LAWS if you have not already read it, to read with your own eyes what they have been able to get away with. The majority of Christians steadfastly refuse to carefully analyze with an open mind, using context and/or Greek and Hebrew word definitions, the controversial verses that mainstreamers try to use to support their belief many OT laws have been abolished. They think that surely their well educated, credentialed ministers must be right, so they trust them, unwilling to question even a few such verses. Just skimming quickly over this page, though, will show that there is more than reasonable doubt that their law keeping beliefs are correct.
A well known television personality associated with the 700 Club once answered an email asking why people don’t obey God’s law to avoid eating pork. He explained that the Old Testament food laws have been done away with using Acts 10:10-17 and Mark 7:18-19 as “proof” that they have been abolished. If you believe his answer, are you really sure you can use those and other verses to defend yourself when challenged by Biblical conservatives like me? Click 6 VERSES MAINSTREAMERS CLAIM ABOLISH THE FOOD LAWS to see well researched interpretations of those and other Scriptures based on reasonable logic and not intense peer pressure, which are not popular but are Biblically accurate. Did you know that Romans 2:10-13 below proves that God will use the SAME STANDARD, which is the LAW (certain OT laws plus magnified OT laws in the NT), to judge both the Jews AND THE GENTILES?
ROMANS 2:10-13: “But God will give glory, honor …… to the Jews FIRST and also to the Gentiles. 11 For God JUDGES EVERYONE BY THE SAME STANDARD. 12 The Gentiles …… sin and are lost apart from the Law. THE JEWS have the Law; they sin and ARE JUDGED BY THE LAW. 13 …… people are put right with God …… by DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS.” — Good News Translation If Paul had been inspired to first say that the Law possessing Jews are judged by the Law, then telling us that God will also judge everyone else (which would include the Gentiles) by the same standard (the Law) that the Jews will be judged by, this revelation would probably be slightly clearer to some people.
ACTS 5:1-11: Condoned even by the Apostle Peter himself, the church going Christians Ananias and Sapphira were MERCILESSLY EXECUTED WITHIN SECONDS after only lying. Those harsh verses in Acts and Isaiah above can make it more believable that the Matthew verses below really will be carried out some day.
MATTHEW 13:41,42: “The Son of humanity apostolizes his angels, and from his sovereigndom they gather ALL WHO SCANDALIZE AND WHO VIOLATE THE TORAH; 42 AND CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE: and there becomes wailing and gnashing of teeth.” — ExeGeses Companion Bible
MATTHEW 7:23: “…… I never ever knew you, DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO VIOLATE THE TORAH.” — ExeGeses Companion Bible
What kind of torah violations, according to the Bible and not your minister, was Jesus talking about in the above very literal Matthew verses? Since the original Greek for “violate the torah” in the above verses is anomia, a relatively rare, special word used in only 13 verses in the Bible, defined primarily as an abandonment of Mosaic law keeping, Jesus was not only referring to major offenses such as murder, kidnapping, and theft, but also to the kind of lawlessness that can and does sicken and kill people in other ways, too (by failing to observe the protective dietary laws and by failing to pay the triennial food tithe to benefit those about to starve to death, for example). Jesus was also referring to the kind of lawlessness that greatly insults God (by ignoring His permanent memorialization of Saturday as the day of rest and by ignoring His worshipful, mostly prophetic festivals).
The furnace of fire in verse 42 above is the same massive, worldwide inferno, almost inevitably nuclear in nature, that will some day also reshape the outer surface of the earth and even evaporate the oceans, water left over from Noah’s Flood, according to Hebrews 10:27, 2 Peter 3:7,10,12, Isaiah 66:22, Malachi 4:1, and Revelation 21:1. Matthew 7:21-23 warns that many Christians, who thought they had led righteous lives, will be among the condemned lawbreakers.
Paul, a Benjamite, was not a Jew, but he diligently observed the Mosaic holy days and Saturday Sabbath according to Acts 18:21, 20:6, 27:9, 1 Corinthians 5:8 and other verses. Since he instructed Christians to copycat his religious behavior, he therefore told his followers to also keep the holy days and Sabbath according to
1 CORINTHIANS 11:1: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” — NKJV
1 CORINTHIANS 4:16: “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” — NKJV
ACTS 25:8: “….. ‘I have committed no offense against the Jewish law …..” — New English Translation
ACTS 28:17: “….. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws …..” — The Message
ACTS 24:14: “….. I worship the God of my Fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW and in the Prophets.” — NKJV Paul’s teachings were identically the same as those of Jesus, Whose doctrines in turn WERE THE SAME as those of God the Father.
JOHN 7:16: “…… ‘My doctrine IS NOT MINE, BUT HIS WHO SENT ME.” — NKJV
2 JOHN 1:9: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ HAS BOTH the Father and the Son.” — NKJV
JOHN 4:22: “…… salvation is FROM THE JEWS [i.e., through Jewish prophets, Jewish Scriptures and a Jewish Messiah].” — An Understandable Version
If you will read through mainstreamers’ shallow arguments, you should, with research provided by this and similar sites, realize that those Christians need to be observing more Old Testament laws.
EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… you are …… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV The first definition of the NT word “prophets” refers to the Old Testament prophets.
Since the previously unwritten Saturday Sabbath, forbidden food, and tithing laws, just to name a few, PREDATE the “law” formally established at Mount Sinai, there is no clear Scriptural evidence to prove that anomia does not include certain Old Testament laws such as the health preserving dietary, life saving tithing, memorialized Saturday Sabbath, and other laws that Jesus strongly supported. Genesis 14:18-20, 28:22, Exodus 16:23-30, and Genesis 7:2,8, 8:20 show that tithing, Saturday rest, and dietary restrictions were in full force before the “law” was later codified. The New Testament reminds us 13 times to observe the 10 Commandments, which automatically includes the Sabbath, the 4th Commandment.
ANOMIA includes, believe it or not, take it or leave it, failure to obey certain still binding laws in the Old Testament. Even someone you want to become “yoked with” should obey those particular laws according to 2 Corinthians 6:14 where anomia also appears. 1 John 3:4, the “gold standard” verse for defining sin, contains anomia, too. Matthew 7:23 solemnly warns against this same kind of lawlessness, anomia.
1) Yes, some verses put law keeping in its proper intellectual perspective, explaining that it is really grace that saves us, not law keeping. That mere observation, though, is not an official license to keep breaking divine laws.
2) Yes, some verses are very broad generalizations saying essentially say that love fulfills the law.
3) Yes, some people claim that the Mosaic laws are for the Jews only. They ignore a) Micah 4:2 which reveals that ultimately the law, which includes many but not all the Mosaic laws, will be preached worldwide from Jerusalem and b) Romans 2:10-13 saying that the Lord will judge everyone by the same standard, which is the remaining valid part of the Mosaic law plus its magnified New Testament laws.
4) Yes, as mentioned above, there are CONCISE, ABBREVIATED verses which are also HIGHLY CONDITIONAL AND QUALIFIED saying that we are no longer “under the law” referring to the complete, entire, original, whole law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10) previously requiring a) circumcision, b) sacrifices (the laws that were “added then abolished” [Galatians 3:19, Hebrews 9:10]) c) the Levitical priesthood (now abolished), and d) the death penalty for sin (now abolished ONLY FOR CHRISTIANS OBEYING THE LAW according to Romans 8:2). The apostles “went out of their way” to clearly and specifically itemize those 4 laws as now abolished. Law observing Christians have now truly been released from those particular, burdensome laws, but not from certain other Mosaic laws, which are and always will be beneficial and protective.
5) Yes, some claim that since Christians have been “born again,” they can no longer lose their salvation through sin. No human, except Jesus, has ever been “born again,” though, because this involves being born into a literally immortal, non-physical, non-flesh, spirit body that could not possibly consist of flesh and blood according to John 3:3-8,13. When was the last time you saw a “born again” Christian BECOME INVISIBLE AT WILL, LIKE THE WIND, as Jesus clearly described such Christians? “Born again” Christians also ignore 1 Corinthians 9:27 which reveals that Paul himself admits that he could lose his salvation if he does not continue to reasonably discipline himself to avoid sin.
6) And yes, some verses definitely do, and justifiably so, criticize OT law keeping by some people, including especially “hard core,” stubborn Jews, who INSIST on using ONLY, one more time, ONLY law keeping to save them from their sins. These people REFUSE to accept grace and the atoning, sacrificial death of Jesus to cover their sins. Galatians 3:10,11,13, 4:21, 5:1-4, and Romans 3:28 are some examples of those kinds of verses.
But what are you going to do with Matthew 5:20, 7:23, 13:41,42, 24:12, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 6:1,2,15 and over 95 other pro-law keeping New Testament verses, “REGARD THEM AS OUTRIGHT, DELIBERATE LIES FROM GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO DOES NOT LIE”? NO, OF COURSE NOT! Christians are commanded 13 times in the New Testament to
1) obey the commandments, Matthew 19:17 and Revelation 12:17 for example (the Ten Commandments, which include the Mosaic Saturday Sabbath, are part of the law because they are contained within the Old Testament laws), plus obey
2) Jesus’ New Testament command (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42), even though indirect, to tithe (since Jesus is Who He is, indirect, clearly implied commands from Him are certainly just as important and just as binding as direct commands), clearly another part of the law, plus follow
3) Paul’s command, which was not merely a suggestion, to continue observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread, another Mosaic law, according to 1 Corinthians 5:8, plus observe
4) Paul’s strict command to NOT EVEN TOUCH, much less eat by obvious implication, what is “unclean,” which by definition of the Greek word akathartos, Strong’s 169, translated “unclean,” definitely would include the forbidden foods, according to 2 Corinthians 6:17. 5)
Additional corroboration that part of the law that Christians still need to obey are verses in Isaiah and Zechariah prophesying that, for example, the festival, food, and Saturday Sabbath laws will finally be enforced after the Christian millennium (Isaiah 56:6,7, 66:17,22,23, Zechariah 14:16-19).
Just the preceding 5 items alone are “triple iron clad, titanium reinforced concrete” proof that Christians are still quite obviously under or subject to part of the OT law which also proves that verses similar to “not under the law” are highly qualified and could not possibly apply to all the Mosaic laws. Merely not explicitly itemizing in the New Testament all still applicable OT laws is not sufficient, conclusive proof, beyond reasonable doubt, that those laws have been done away with. When the NT was being written, the Apostles knew that Christians were able to read and learn about those laws in the OT and to record all of them again in the NT epistles probably would have been considered unnecessarily redundant. By default some Christians commit the crime of causing some needy people to starve to death, by not obeying the Mosaic third year food tithe law. Those unnecessary deaths do not go unnoticed by the Lord. At least an estimated 400 million people could have been saved from starvation during the last 1,600 years if everyone around the world had paid that special, very life saving tithe. Probably another 15 to 40 million or more could have been saved from hideous, parasitic infections/diseases or even death merely by obeying the simple dietary laws. Anomia, the very deadly sin warned about in Matthew 7:23: “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (anomia), and Matthew 13:41,42, is precisely defined as follows:
ANOMIA, the feminine noun, Strong’s number 458, is defined by THAYER’S GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON of the NEW TESTAMENT, March, 2005 seventh printing, acclaimed by many as the world’s best such lexicon, on page 48: “1. prop. the condition of one without law, — either because ignorant of it or because violating it. 2. contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness ……..” ANOMIA IS DIRECTLY DERIVED FROM ANOMOS, Strong’s number 459, which is also the ADJECTIVE form of anomia, AND IT REFERS PRIMARILY to the Old Testament, Mosaic laws. YES, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ANOMIA REALLY DOES REFER MOSTLY TO THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS! ANOMOS on page 48 IS DEFINED AS “1. DESTITUTE OF (THE MOSAIC) LAW ……..” ANOMOS itself is derived directly from the Greek word NOMOS, Strong’s number 3551, translated into the English “law,” and NOMOS appears in the New Testament almost 200 times, defined ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION AS THE MOSAIC LAW. NOMOS on page 427 is DEFINED AS “…….. a command, law; and 1. of any law whatsoever …….. 2. OF THE MOSAIC LAW …….” THE ADVERB form of anomia is ANOMOS, Strong’s number 460, spelled like the adjective but pronounced differently, and it again REFERS PRIMARILY to the Mosaic laws! ANOMOS on page 48 is ALSO DEFINED AS “without the law …….., without a knowledge of the law …….. TO SIN IN IGNORANCE OF THE MOSAIC LAW ……..” THE HEBREW-GREEK KEY WORD STUDY BIBLE King James Version, 1991 revised edition, on page 1740 in the “Lexical Aids to the New Testament,” as well as other study aids, defines NOMOS basically as THE LAW GIVEN MOST FREQUENTLY BY MOSES. The definition of anomia also contains the idea of contemptuously violating specific, established Old Testament laws.
ANOMIE is an actual English word derived directly from the Greek word anomia. Dictionaries basically define anomie, which gives us a better understanding of the meaning of anomia, as a COLLAPSE OF THE SOCIAL STRUCTURES REGULATING OR GOVERNING A SOCIETY OR SOCIAL INSTABILITY THAT RESULTED FROM A BREAKDOWN OF STANDARDS AND VALUES. Mainstream Christianity has obviously experienced a collapse of Mosaic law observance for the last 1,600 years.
ACTS 5:32: “…… The Holy Spirit, which God gave to those who OBEY Him ……” — New Simplified Bible
ACTS 2:38: “REPENT, and …… be baptized …… FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS; and you shall receive …… the Holy Spirit.” — NKJV Acts 3:19 also commands us to repent of our sins (primarily Old Testament sins according to 1 John 3:4), but I ask you with all sincerity, WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE REQUIRED TO REPENT OF THOSE SINS, IF THOSE LAWS REALLY HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED AND ARE THEREFORE NONEXISTENT? VERY OBVIOUS CONCLUSION: THE OBEDIENCE PART OF THOSE PROTECTIVE, EVEN HEALTH PRESERVING LAWS (REFERRING TO THE DIETARY LAWS, FOR EXAMPLE) NEVER WAS ABOLISHED.
GALATIANS 5:18: “BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.” — NKJV YOU MUST OBEY THE LAW, THOUGH, JUST TO ACQUIRE THE GUIDING HOLY SPIRIT IN THE FIRST PLACE ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:38 AND ACTS 5:32 ABOVE. LAWS CONSIST OF OBEDIENCE AND PENALTIES FOR DISOBEDIENCE, AND SINCE OBEDIENCE IS REQUIRED, THE PART OF THE LAW LEFT TO NOT BE UNDER IS THE PENALTY WHICH IS THE PART CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER UNDER, MORE CLEARLY EXPLAINED BY ROMANS 8:2, PLUS THE APOSTLE ITEMIZED CIRCUMCISION, LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD, AND SACRIFICE LAWS. ACTS 2:38 COMMANDS US TO REPENT, WHICH MEANS PRECISELY TO STOP SINNING. SINNING IS CLEARLY DEFINED BY 1 JOHN 3:4 AS BREAKING THE LAW (TORAH). THE ONLY WAY TO STOP BREAKING THE LAW IS TO OBEY THE LAW. Therefore Galatians 5:18′s “not under the law,” and similar verses like “freed from the law” CANNOT possibly be referring to the obedience part of the law, but rather ONLY to the penalty part of the law, excluding the circumcision, Levitical priesthood, and sacrifice laws which the apostles explained as now abolished. Christians led by the Holy Spirit are no longer under that part of the Mosaic law demanding the automatic death penalty for sins, especially prebaptismal sins.
Turned around, Galatians 5:18 above reveals that ALL non-Christians ARE under the law, showing that much of the law is still in force.
Romans 3:19: “…… whatever the law says, it says to those who ARE under the law,” again revealing the law never was really annulled. Verse 23: “…… for ALL have sinned ……” indicates that the law applies to everybody, not just to the Jews. Christians cannot get away with breaking the law if everyone else (all non-Christians) must obey it! Paul and other authors of “not under the law” verses do not go to the trouble of “spelling out,” in those particular verses, which part of the Mosaic law Christians are now not under. Romans 8:2: “…… Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Free from death, the penalty part of the law.)
GALATIANS 3:19: “What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made …..” — NKJV The word “transgressions” in this verse automatically proves that some set of divine laws was violated, laws that must have been pre-existing. The particular “law” that was added, then removed after the Seed (Jesus Christ) came, was therefore not the entire set of God’s laws since there were pre-existing laws, which were not the ones that were added, and therefore the pre-existing laws that included the Ten Commandments (click ALL 10 COMMANDMENTS IN FORCE BEFORE THE MOSES) could not possibly have been the laws abolished since only the added laws were annulled. The book of Hebrews gives the clue about which laws were added then removed. Hebrews 9:9,10,12,13 and 10:1 discuss the offerings and sacrifice laws with their rituals, which specifically pinpoints the offerings and sacrifice laws as the laws that were added then removed, because verse 10: “….. imposed until the time of reformation” reveals that those laws would be removed and when they would be removed which was also explained in the above Galatians 3:19: “….. till the Seed should come.” Since the Mosaic dietary, festival, tithing, Sabbath, and many other civil and moral laws such as the prohibition against removing property landmarks, bestiality, bribery, gossip, etc. are not laws involving offerings and sacrifices, they logically could not have been the laws that were added then nullified after the death of Jesus. So those laws, part of the pre-existing laws that were formally codified at the same time that the offerings and sacrifice laws were added, must still be in force. For additional study please read the bottom half of http://www.ucg.org/booklet/new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law/circumcision-vs-new-creation-christ/. Continue reading