Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Yeshua’s love and name. Here is a two-part posting of an update on a research project I am currently conducting on whether The Law still applies to the Churches, which includes some of Dec.14, 2017, Tidbit information.
Here is a quote from John McKee’s founder of Outreach Israel Ministries article ANSWERING: WHAT IS THE LAW? The law is a unit of 613 commandments given by God to the people of Israel. The word law is sometimes used when referring to all Old Testament writings such as in John 10:34 and 15:25 when Jesus quotes Psalms and 1Corinthians 14:21 when Paul quotes Isaiah. But it is important to remember that there is only one law, not three laws. Those who say we must keep the law tell us that Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial and civil laws, but not the moral law.
I was brought to 1Corinthians because there is an example needing to be looked at re this question as it represents a division in the interpretations of the New Testament and the teachings of the Old Testament. I believe the Holy Spirit was trying to show how some of Pauls resolutions to the Corinthians could assist in this issue. The issue then was people making choices of who to follow Appollo, Peter or Paul as many had chosen one or the other to follow. The comparison is in the fact some Scholars today separate the Old and New Testaments believing God’s laws now don’t apply as they were given to the Israelites.
Paul was exhorting these believers to be joined together in
Christ, not to another man. Paul used his own humility as an example by not allowing others to place him on a pedestal. Paul gives the primary reason for not acknowledging the Corinthians accolades. He intimates that all believers are servants of Christ, not of themselves (Rom. 12:3,16).
In his Genesis commentary John Calvin correctly detected the primary focus of what Abraham following God’s “laws” means. “Although laws, statutes, rite, precepts, and ceremonies, had not yet been written, Moses used these terms, that he might the more clearly show how sedulously Abraham regulated his life according to the will of God alone–how carefully he abstained from all of the impurities of the heathen–and how exactly he pursued the straight course of holiness, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”
So now having heard from God to lead individuals brings about the question: Why is it having God’s Law as part of our foundation so divisive on one part and so prominent on the other, when we have the information that it all falls to us. Abraham exampled it, Paul related to it that we are servants of Christ.
I believe we need the moral laws to stand on that we, the teachers of the word and the ecclesia have these guidelines to bring us to a form of common sense knowledge between righteousess and sin. This I believe would allow us to walk as Abraham did regulating our lives according to the will of God that we might be pleasing Him and not ourselves as Paul pointed out.
Be at peace and with our Father as you go through this day.