What Did Paul Say? (Part 3)

In one of his recent FB posts, our beloved brother “Robert” once again insisted that the ministry of death was referring to Moses’ Book of Law as it was “written and engraved” on stones, and told us to check out Deuteronomy 31:24-27.

Sure…

But after re-reading the passage 3 times, including the rest of the chapter, I just could not find anything about the Book being engraved on any piece of stone. And just for confirmation, I even re-read Joshua 8 (a passage he cited in a previous post), but again, no mention of any engraving.

Just how he got the idea that the Book of Law was “written and engraved” on stones remains a mystery to me…

But I digress.

 

In the same post, Robert asserted that only the “Levitical Laws” (but not the “judicial law”) were removed because Jesus was “God’s ultimate sacrifice for sins” and he quoted Hebrews 10:11-17 to support his assertion.

Then using Romans 14:1-10, he told us that a Gentile believer is “free from the feasts, dietary laws, circumcision even if a Hebrew believer so chooses to keep them as their heritage (not for justification or the right to salvation)”.

Now, I have no problem with his second point. But with regards to his first point, is it true that only the system of animal sacrifices, or what he defined as the “Levitical Laws”, were removed? And what do we really mean by “removed”?

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:12-14)

Yes. If our sins are covered forever by His one perfect offering (the blood of the bulls and goats covered the sins for 1 year), there is no longer a need for animal sacrifices… but what about the “judicial laws” (the 10 Commandments, as defined by Robert)?

Some might be surprised by my answer: Jesus did not actually remove the Law or any part of it (after all, He said it in Matthew 5:17, He did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it). What He removed were the requirements of the Law.

…He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
(Colossians 2:13-14)

Make no mistake here, my church never teaches that the Law has been removed or abolished, but rather we are no longer condemned by it because Jesus has fulfilled it’s requirements for us, and that was why Paul wrote, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)”.

When we talk about removal, it is not about removing the system or part of the system, but rather removing the reason for having the system in the first place.

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 to be continued

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