Are Christians Required to Keep the Law: Summary and Conclusions


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So if we want to keep the Torah (Law of Moses), how will we do it? We learned that not even Orthodox Judaism is Torah observant.

We heard from people who said, "Ric, how will we know what sin is if we don't keep Torah"? Our answer is the entire New Testament, written by Christ's direct representatives; the Apostles have many "laws" and explains the Torah. The old testament was pointing to Christ. Christ came. Now what? Keep Torah? No.

The bottom line is that in Ephesians 2, Paul lays out for both Jew and Gentiles that we are now "in Christ." Think of an envelope covered in Divine blood. We are now, "in the envelope," in Christ.

When Christ took the wine and broke the bread, representing His Body (may we say our efforts?) and the wine (blood) poured out for our sin (missing God's will for our lives), Christ was able to release us (may we say fulfill?) from our obligations as Jew and Gentiles through the Cross for our sin! Glory to God!

What was the result? Christ said it best: John 2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." A change has taken place: A New Covenant is here! While some would say the New Covenant is only for the Jewish people, we can benefit as Gentiles. How? Because we become Born Again. We are made alive "in Christ" by the Holy Spirit of God.

Remember the envelope? Could you think of us as inside of Christ? Christ was able to keep the law and pay all penalties. We get to "hide" in Him! Paul said: Eph 2: "14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity." Peace; THE WAR IS OVER WITH GOD! Hallelujah!

Is the law abolished? No. Are our efforts to keep the law abolished? Yes, because no one could as humans. Remember His Body was broken for us. All of our efforts are "filthy rags." Our sin debt is paid. The Holy Spirit is now in us and teaching us "away" from ungodliness! Titus 2:11-12

Mary and I look at it this way. Where are our eyes? On Christ? Or the Torah? We know we better have our eyes on Christ. He is our Maker. If my focus is keeping Torah or any program about us "doing," then my eyes are off of Christ. We also will compare ourselves to others. Otherwise, how do we know we are "doing it," right?

We know that people who want to keep the law are wanting to please God. But is our job to do what the Jewish people could not? No. When my focus is on Christ, I can let the Holy Spirit work on my sin in this body. Do I have sin my life? Do I Lie? Steal? Cheat? Lust? Work until I drop? Think about allowing the word of God to show you sinful motives. From motives is where sin is born.

Let's walk in the Spirit, letting Him lead us to proper biblical study methods to live a praiseworthy life to God for His plans and purposes!

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