Christ's Complete Fulfillment of the Law

False philosophies and great confusion come from incorrect views of Old Testament laws. This 1-minute devotion explains what Scripture teaches about Old Testament Law. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #OldTestamentLaw

Every law in the Old Testament had a purpose.

But some purposes were temporary.

Many Old Testament laws dealt with external habits, not heart issues. These instructions about diet, sacrifices, cleansing, rituals, and holiday observances are not part of the New Covenant.(1) 

Jesus didn’t abolish these laws. He fulfilled them (Matthew 5:17).(2)   

Some folks refuse to accept Christ's fulfillment and maintain Old Covenant law-keeping.(3) 

But most folks are simply confused by Old Testament laws.(4)  

So let's remember this essential truth: Old Testament laws showed us we can't be saved or transformed by external law-keeping (Romans 3:20).

And let's grasp the purpose of New Testament commands: they're instructions for walking in the purity, power, and purposes of God's Spirit. They transform our hearts as well as our behavior (Romans 12:1-2).

It’s important to understand these truths because atheists and revisionists often use Old Testament confusion to discredit Scripture.(4)  

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(1) These laws foreshadowed Christ and prepared us for His coming. See Romans 3:20 and Galatians 3:24. In addition to laws which Christ fulfilled, there were temporary civic laws (such as instructions regarding punishments for crimes/sins) applying to the nation of Israel that were never meant to be universal laws.

(2) See also: Romans 8:3-4Romans 10:4 and Romans 7:4-14.

(3) See more on the Hebrew Roots Movement and its Dangers. Scripture warns us not to judge other Christians according to Old Testament laws. See Colossians 2:16 and Romans 14:3-5.

(4) Here's an easy way to clear up confusion about which Old Testament laws were permanent: those commanded in the New Testament apply to us today.
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False philosophies and great confusion come from incorrect views of Old Testament laws. This 1-minute devotion explains what Scripture teaches about Old Testament Law. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions #OldTestamentLaw

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