WHAT ARE THE LAWS
AND COMMANDS WE MUST OBEY
EXAMPLES OF THE FULFILLING and CHANGES IN THE LAW
The apostles did away with all keeping the law of circumcision and stated that Gentiles were not bound to keep the law of Moses. Even the ‘sabbath’ law was deleted from the new covenant. The Old Testament law had some commands that were a ‘shadow’ of what was to come. Circumcision spoke of a spiritual happening in the New Testament life of a believer. The sabbath law was a type of Jesus Who is our ‘rest from working for salvation’. Jesus, in His first coming fulfilled those parts of the law.
Circumcision was required as a sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham. The new covenant does not require circumcision, but it does have the fulfillment of that type within the new covenant. Therefore, circumcision was made optional in the new covenant.
1 Corinthians 7:18-19 (KJV)
18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
Romans 2:29 (KJV)
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Whereas in the old covenant, circumcision was indicative of the Abrahamic covenant, promising obedience to the letter of law. In the new testament, it is the change of the heart, the wanting to serve God willingly, without forcing oneself, that is the ‘circumcision of the heart.’
Colossians 2:11-14 (KJV)
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross;
Water Baptism is a symbol that we use to refer to what the Lord did to us in salvation, and we are identifying ourselves with Him in baptism, the way circumcision identified one in the Old Testament.
CONCERNING SABBATH DAYS
Romans 14:5-6 (KJV)
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Romans 14:12-13 (KJV)
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Galatians 4:9-11 (KJV)
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV)
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
If the law of the Old Testament, including the fourth commandment, was in force in the new covenant, then the verses above would never have been included in the Bible. Each of us can do as we please about the sabbath. We are not to be judged by anyone.
Going back to observe sabbaths due to it being the the law is going back into the bondage of the law. If one does this "he is a debtor to do the whole law"
The law of the old covenant, was a ‘schoolmaster’ meant to teach us of what, or Who was to come. We are no longer under the ‘schoolmaster’, but our Master is Jesus.
Galatians 3:19-25 (KJV)
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; ... Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 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.
We have graduated from the school of the law, we have no need to learn its lessons any longer, for we are in a new school, with a new ‘schoolmaster.’ We answer to Him alone, follow His commands, and enjoy the liberty this new school affords.
The law was shadows, and it was abolished when the Reality of the shadow appeared.
The weekly sabbath and the other Sabbaths were part of the law given by God to Moses. The weekly Sabbath was the one of eight feasts of the Lord.
Leviticus 23:2-3 (KJV)
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Thus, there were times of rest and holy worship. All the feasts and all the Sabbaths were to be observed "for ever" (Lev. 23:14, 31, 41). These ‘rest’ times were not perfect in the law. The ‘fulfilment’ of these, and of all the law, came when Jesus became our Rest.
Hebrews 4:1-10 (KJV)
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into My rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
FOOD LAWS FULFILLED
Many foods were considered ‘unclean’, and unlawful in the Old Testament. Yet, this ‘uncleanness’ was a ceremonial uncleanness. The defiled, of that which was ceremonially unclean, could be ‘cleansed’. This was done with the garments of priests, with the Temple items, and finally Jesus did it with ‘ceremonially’ unclean animals. In the New Testament time, we find that the defilement and uncleanness of foods was removed.
In type, Jesus showed that the defilement of the world, that contaminates, can be cleansed.
"PURIFY ME WITH HYSSOP, AND I SHALL BE CLEAN."
The defilement of ceremonial things, was shown that they could be removed and made clean. Priests whose garments were ‘unclean’ could have them washed, and they could themselves bathe, and be able to again be pronounced ‘clean.’ Food, meats, were unclean in the Old Testament, but after Jesus, and with prayer and the Word of God, these too were pronounced ‘clean’ by God. Jesus came and fulfilled the Old Testament types, the ‘sabbath’ was not done away but was fulfilled in Jesus, and in the rest we find in Him from our labors. Circumcision was fulfilled in the baptism of the believers. And likewise, food, is now clean with prayer and the blessing of the Word.
As I check the religious programming on radio and television, something I am seeing and hearing disturbs me. When program after program is checked, and so often, one after another, they are talking about food. They are saying one must be vegetarian, one must not eat these meats, those meats, one must follow these rules.
One teaching that I watched the other day, was on a program of a well respected evangelist pastor. His calling is not ‘teaching’, that is for sure, for he had been deceived by a doctor. This doctor was preaching that the Bible and God insists that we not eat pork and other unclean meats of the Old Testament. Surely, he knew that the New Testament shows clearly otherwise, but he took one word for ‘meats’ and mistranslated it, and twisted the meaning, so as to counter that teaching. The television host pastor, fell for it, bragged on how much weight he had lost in this doctor’s diet, and helped sell the doctor’s tapes promoting his false doctrine.
Let’s look at what the Bible teaches.
I Timothy 4:1-6
"NOW THE SPIRIT SPEAKS EXPRESSLY...
(This means that the Spirit is not whispering this to a select few, not saying this to just have something to talk about, but it rather does mean, the Holy Spirit of God is speaking this directly, adamantly, forcefully and without hesitation.)
THAT IN THE LATTER TIMES...
(We are definitely in that age, for the signs are undeniable... so this message is for us.)
SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH,...
(We are seeing many leave the doctrines of truth and go away from Christian orthodoxy, to new, ear tickling, money making, devil encouraging doctrines.)
GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS...
(‘Seducing’ comes from the Greek word ‘planos’ meaning misleading, deceiving’ and ‘doctrines’ is from the word ‘didaskalia’ meaning ‘teaching, giving information’... and the source of these teachings is clear, it is from evil spirits, and devils... Many in Christianity are listening, not to the clear teaching of the Holy Spirit, but to the devils and demons. How revolting, how disgusting, how awful to say, and yet we see it all about us in the faith)
2. SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY...
(The word ‘lies’ is the Greek ‘pseudologos’ meaning ‘erroneous teaching’. Many claim to be teachers in our day, and many do not have the discernment to recognize the false one, and some will not study the Word to verify or challenge teachings. The word for ‘hypocrisy’ means in the Greek, ‘acting a feigned part’. The perpetrators of false doctrine can act, pretend, imitate something real.)
HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON....
(The conscious minds of these departers from the faith, are so calloused and cauterized from listening to every wind of doctrine, and filling their minds with fanciful new dogma devils can conjure.)
3. FORBIDDING TO MARRY,...
(The word ‘forbidding’ means ‘to hinder or to check’, with not the idea of commanding or outlawing marriage, but discouraging marriage, degrading and denigrating marriage as an institution. The Essenes ‘forbid’ marriage, and used it only as a necessity, for the only purpose of preserving the race. They allowed it only under the strictest of rules.)
AND COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS...
(The word for ‘commanding’ in the Greek is ‘apecomai’, and means ‘to hold oneself off, to refrain from.’ The idea is that they will tell others that they should not eat ‘meats’. Some go so far as to make it sinful, some just teach that certain ‘meats’ are deadly, and some just want to waste time teaching ‘diet’, and get some healthy bodies to go to hell, rather than an unhealthy one to go to heaven. The over-emphasis of such things, to the neglect of winning souls, is a trick of the devil. The Bible calls it being taken up with the ‘cares of this life’.)
WHICH GOD HATH CREATED TO BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING OF THEM THAT BELIEVE AND KNOW THE TRUTH...
(God has created all food to be taken and enjoyed. The garden was filled with foods, Jesus ate meats, and Peter was told to bring in the Gentiles to the church who ate pork and other meats considered ceremonially unclean. The reason we are to eat such with ‘thanksgiving’, is that God gave them for mankind, for his diet.)
4. FOR EVERY CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD, AND NOTHING TO BE REFUSED...
(The word ‘creature’ means ‘created thing’. All creatures of God are made to be eaten. Some way, cooked in some way, every creature of the animal world is edible, beneficial, and can be delicious. Some may ‘frown’ at the thought of eating oysters, or snails. The thought of locusts to some may seem nauseating... But God made this planet for mankind. The word ‘refused’ is from the Greek word ‘apobletos’ meaning ‘cast off, rejected’. We do not need to ‘cast off’, nor ‘reject’ any kind of meat.)
IF IT BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING...
(The word for ‘thanksgiving’ is the Greek word ‘eucharistia’, meaning ‘gratefulness.’ There is too much complaining to God and about diet, of this or that being ‘bad’ for one. If done in moderation, the diet God has planned for mankind is good, and we should be thankful, grateful. Lack of gratitude at the ‘diet’ of God for mankind, is an insult to God.)
5. FOR IT IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER...
(The word for ‘sanctified’ is the Greek word ‘hagiazo’ and means to be ‘made holy’, ‘purified’. The Word of God and prayer will bless any meal. We are to entreat God to bless our food, we are to speak the Word of God over it in such blessing.)
6. IF THOU PUT THE BRETHREN IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE THINGS, THEN SHALT THOU BE A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST."
(The word ‘remembrance’ is the Greek word ‘hupotithemi’ meaning ‘to place underneath, to suggest, to remind." The Lord wanted us to not only know that the Spirit is ‘expressly’ and adamantly speaking this message, but that we are to carry such message too, and if we do, we are ‘serving’ the Lord Jesus. This is not to be allowed to continue unchallenged. We are not to fight about what food to eat, but we are not to allow a false doctrine, that certain foods are sinful, certain foods would damn a soul if eaten. This false doctrine, this heresy needs condemned.
In that passage, you notice that it says that one of the doctrines of devils, one of their seducing teachings will involve ‘commanding to abstain from meats...’ The word for ‘meats’ is the Greek word ‘broma’. It means ‘food’ in general. It refers to food items that are either forbidden or allowed by the Jewish law. It means victuals, in general. The root word is ‘bibrosko’ which means ‘that which is eaten."
One of the ‘twistings’ of the devil and those who follow the demonic obsession, is that this word means ‘food ceremonially pronounced clean’. That is a perversion of the meaning of the word, and yet, many follow that interpretation of the Greek. That way, they justify their pronouncing of pork, ham, bacon, etc. as sinful in our day, as much as it was in the Old Testament. They are twisting the meaning, and I have witnessed some ‘evangelistically gifted ministers, follow that false teaching, without doing some Bible study to verify.
Peter was given a vision of a large cloth, holding meats, animals of both the clean and unclean. Peter refuses to partake of that which had been taught to him to be ‘unclean’.
"PETER SAID, NOT SO, LORD, I HAVE NEVER EATEN ANYTHING THAT IS COMMON OR UNCLEAN."
"WHAT GOD HATH CLEANSED, THAT CALL NOT THOU ‘UNCLEAN’."
The word for common means ‘defiled’ or ‘forbidden by the law.’ Peter was protesting his innocence, and his reluctance to ever do what he had been taught to be evil.
God says that He can ‘cleanse’ that which is ‘unclean’. For there to Peter (Acts 10:15), it says, ‘what God hath cleansed’. The word for ‘cleansed’ is the Greek ‘katharidzo’ meaning ‘to make clean’, ‘to purify’, ‘to ‘purge.’ And God lets us know that what He has cleansed is not to be called ‘common’ or ‘unclean’. That is a command, not a suggestion. Some today are disobeying that command, and calling some foods to be ‘unclean’ and ‘common.’
The word ‘common’ is from the Greek ‘koinos’, meaning ‘shared by all’, and refers to the ‘ceremonially unclean, the profane, the defiled, the unclean, the unholy.’
The word ‘unclean’ is from the Greek ‘akathartos’, which means ‘uncleansed, impure, ceremonially or morally lewd, demonically foul or unclean.’
So, since ‘broma’ means ‘food in general’, and God can cleanse all that once was called ‘unclean’, we should not, we must not, condemn any food as sinful.
How is food to be ‘cleansed’? Any food can be made holy, pure, and clean. And it is to be done by ‘prayer’ and the ‘Word of God.’
I Timothy 4:5
"SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER."
The thanksgiving given at the table was the ‘Word of God.’ Some use a passage from the Bible as their ‘blessing’ upon food. Such as:
‘THE EYES OF ALL WAIT UPON THEE, AND THOU GIVEST THEM THEIR MEAT IN DUE SEASON. THOU OPENEST THINE HAND AND SATISFIETH THE DESIRE OF EVERY LIVING THING.’
It was a common thing for people to have a man of God bless the food before they ate. In I Samuel 9:13, it says, ‘FOR THE PEOPLE WILL NOT EAT UNTIL HE (Samuel, the man of God) COME, BECAUSE HE DOTH BLESS THE SACRIFICE, AND AFTERWARD THEY EAT THAT BE BIDDEN."
Christ Jesus blessed the loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:19, 15:36).
Paul, on the ship, gave thanks for the meal that the seamen ate (Acts 27:35).
What of the ‘law’ that condemned and pronounced certain meats to be unclean? The law was a ‘shadow of good things to come, until the time of the reformation.’ We have come to the ‘reformation’ and gone past, and to go back to the former things, the former laws that were but a ‘shadow’, would be a ‘departure’ from the current commands of God.
Jesus said that He came to ‘fulfill the law’. (Matthew 5:17-18)
The ‘law’ was to be prophesied ‘until John’ the Baptist came and announced the ‘kingdom’ that had then come. (Luke 16:16)
"ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES."
"FOR THE PRIESTHOOD BEING CHANGED, THERE IS MADE A NECESSITY OF A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW."
The law has been ‘fulfilled’, completed, brought to an end, expired, finished, and has served its purpose. Many false doctrines, and false emphasis, are due to an effort to re-institute a law that has been fulfilled, and now the shadow does not need to be our attention, but what the fulfillment of that shadow has done.
"HAVING ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH, THE ENMITY, EVEN THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS... TOOK IT OUT OF THE WAY, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS."
The law was a ‘schoolmaster’ (Galatians 3:19-25), and it was to teach us some things. The necessity of cleansing, of needing the blessing of God, of a change to make the unclean to be clean, was the purpose of laws regarding meats. When that lesson was taught and fulfilled on the cross, the way to cleanse the unclean is now shown, and we enjoy the benefits. Some flunk the course that the ‘schoolmaster’ has been teaching.
II Corinthians 3:6-18
"6. WHO ALSO HATH MADE US ABLE MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, NOT OF THE LETTER, BUT OF THE SPIRIT, FOR THE LETTER KILLETH, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVETH LIFE.
7. BUT IF THE MINISTRATION OF DEATH, WRITTEN AND ENGRAVEN IN STONES, WAS GLORIOUS... WHICH GLORY WAS TO BE DONE AWAY...
11. FOR IF THAT WHICH IS DONE AWAY WAS GLORIOUS, MUCH MORE THAT WHICH REMAINETH IS GLORIOUS...
13. ... TO THE END OF THAT WHICH IS ABOLISHED...
14. ... WHICH VEIL IS DONE AWAY IN CHRIST...
16. .... WHEN IT SHALL TURN TO THE LORD, THE VEIL SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY."
Over and over, we are told that the law is ‘done away’, and ‘abolished’ in Jesus. And many want to return to the ‘beggarly elements of the law’. We, as saints today, should be aware of such things, and avoid, as it were the plague, the false doctrines of ‘commanding not to eat meats.’
"THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW OF THE PROPHETS, i AM NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFILL, FOR VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, ONE JOT OR ONE TITTLE SHALL IN NO WISE PASS FROM THE LAW, TILL ALL BE FULFILLED."
The law has not passed away, but is done away in preference to what it fore-shadowed. It was meant to teach us some things, and as the fulfillment of such lessons came, we take those fulfillment, not the former lessons, and shadows of them.
The Sabbath was a part of the law, but Jesus fulfilled that law also. And now that we ‘enter into Him’, we have rest from our works in Him, and He is our Sabbath. (Romans 14:5-6, Galatians 4:9-10, Colossians 2:14-17)
Circumcision was a part of the law. In the early church, there was much disputing about whether this should remain mandatory. The law of circumcision was fulfilled in Christ in baptism. (Acts 15:5-25) In our day, we are to have our ‘hearts’ circumcised, and the former circumcision was only a schoolmaster to teach us toward that truth.
The laws about ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ meats, in the Old Testament,
were to bring us to certain truths of the New Testament era.
"BLOTTING OUT THE HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES, THAT WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO US, AND TOOK IT OUT OF THE WAY, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS. AND HAVING SPOILED PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS, HE MADE A SHOW OF THEM OPENLY, TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT. LET NO MAN THEREFORE JUDGE YOU IN MEAT OR DRINK, OR IN RESPECT OF AN HOLY DAY, OR OF THE NEW MOON, OR OF THE SABBATH DAYS. WHICH WERE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME, BUT THE BODY IS CHRIST."
"...PRIESTS OFFER GIFTS ACCORDING TO THE LAW, WHO SERVE UNTO THE EXAMPLE AND SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS."
"WHICH STOOD ONLY IN MEATS AND DRINKS, AND DIVERS WASHINGS, AND CARNAL ORDINANCES, IMPOSED ON THEM, UNTIL THE TIME OF THE REFORMATION."
"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 THERE UNTO PERFECT."