Chapter 5 - Old or New Testament?
The law was given to the Jews, and to them only. Gentiles were never under the law of Moses. Moses wrote:
Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. Jehovah our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Jehovah made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. Jehovah spake with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire (Deuteronomy 5:1-4).
This law that was given to the Jews is no longer in effect. The apostle Paul makes this very clear in several passages of scripture (Ephesians 2:13-16; Colossians 2:14-16; Romans 7:1-7). The Hebrews writer devotes much of the book to show that the law of Christ is better than the law of Moses (Hebrews 8:6-13).
The apostle Paul shows us we are not under the law of Moses, but under the law of Christ (Galatians 4:21-31).
|One Son - Ishmael||One Son - Isaac|
|Mother - Hagar||Mother - Sarah|
|Represents OT||Represents NT|
|Source: Sinai||Source: Jerusalem|
Cast Out Which One? (Gal. 4:30)
The old law is cast out. We are now under the new law, the law of Christ. All of the above passages tell us that no one is under the law of Moses today. We are now under the law of Christ. Once again, there are a number of passages that tell us we are under the law of Christ, not the law of Moses (Matthew 7:21-23; 17:5; 28:18-20; John 12:48; Galatians 6:2).
Even though people are no longer under the Old Testament law, there is still much we can learn from its pages. Paul tells us:
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted...Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).
Without the Old Testament we would not be able to understand many passages in the New Testament. When the New Testament mentions Old Testament characters, if we did not have the Old Testament, we would not be able to understand the point made in the New Testament. The Old Testament reveals where the universe, sin, nations, and languages came from. When Jesus said “Remember Lot’s wife,” if we did not have the Old Testament, we would not know who Lot’s wife was, or why we should remember her.
All of the Bible came from God, but His law for us today is found in the New Testament.