Hasn’t the New Testament law replaced the Old Testament law?19 May 2009 in Topics
Many people think that the New Testament law has replaced the Old Testament law. I have heard people claim this saying that the New Testament did away with all the laws of the Old Testament and now we are just to love one another. It is true that we no longer have to follow the Old Testament rules of such things as keeping the feast days or keeping kosher. We are to love one another, but there are problems with saying we are JUST to love one another.
The first problem with this idea is Jesus’ death on the cross. He died to save us from our sins, the bad things we have done that God has said not to do. God is loving but He is also holy and just and He must punish sin. If God hates sin so much that He would send His Son to suffer and die to save us from sin, should we freely continue to sin? No. Paul spoke against this in Romans 6:1-2- “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (KJV) The New Testament love is centered on what Jesus Christ did for us, by dying in our place. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. (KJV) This is the New Testament love, Jesus Christ dying to save us eternally. I said this because most people who claim that we are just to love one another just say that because they don’t like to think about sin or talk about sin. They want to grab onto the idea of love and use it for an excuse to do things that God has clearly said not to do, because hey ‘God loves me so much I can do anything I want’. This makes a mockery out of Jesus’ death on the cross, ignoring the fact that He had to suffer brutally to save us from our sins.
Another problem with this idea is what Jesus Christ Himself has said. He said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (KJV) Jesus’ coming to earth was to fulfill the requirement of the law that we should be punished for sinning. He took our punishment by dying on the cross. We no longer have to follow the Old Testament way to try and please God by keeping feast days and keeping kosher and following other rules and regulations, but this does not change sin. It does not do away with the Ten Commandments.