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 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine"   2 Timothy 4:2

Do Christians need to practice the laws of the Old Testament?

"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Galatians 5:14

It is very common for some people to preach that as a Christian one must adhere to the laws of the Old Testament.

However, there are scores of passages in the scriptures that teaches that New Testament believers are no longer under the law of Moses, but under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).

The old covenant is rendered obsolete (Hebrews 8:13) and we are under 'grace' (Romans 6: 14). We are now under the priesthood of Christ and under His law (Hebrews 7:12)

The purpose of the law was to bring us to Christ and to teach us that we are justified by faith (Galatians 3:24).

Though there is nothing wrong with the Law in itself, it is clear that the Law was not specifically designed for a righteous man (I Timothy 1:8-10) and a Christian who is led by the 'spirit', is not governed by it (Galatians 5:18).

The Purpose of the Law:

  • ''Through the Law we become conscious of sin.'' (Rom 3:20)
  • ''The Law was added so that the trespass might increase.'' (Rom 5:20)
  • ''It was added because of transgressions until the Seed [the Lord Jesus Christ] to whom the promise referred had come.'' (Gal 3:19)
  • ''So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.'' (Gal 3:24)
  • ''Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the Law.'' (Gal 3:25)

The Law in itself cannot save us, but was given to show how guilty we are. Since Jesus abolished the Law through His sacrifice on the cross, there is no reason for a New Testament believer to keep the law.


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