How The Moral Law And The Ceremonial Law
Effect THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2:15
The difference between the moral law and the ceremonial law are made very clear here by the apostle Paul. He says that Christ abolished “the law of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES;”
The law of Moses, as it has come to be named, “contained” many divisions of law. For example, it contained a section on hygiene (avoiding dead bodies, bathing and other such personal regulations) and sanitation (waste and dead animal disposal) which the children of Israel needed badly as desert nomads.
There was another section of the law given to Moses that instituted the blood sacrifice system which specified the animals that were and were not “clean” to be offered on the alter to Him. There were many of these laws regulating the blood sacrifice system.
And then there was section of the law that listed the Holy days and Sabbaths there to be strictly observed by the all the children of Israel.
The word ordinance comes from the root word order. An ordinance can be understood easier by comparing God’s covenants with man to modern government.
The church has several ordinances which are; The ordinance of water baptism; the ordinance hair and the covering; and the ordinance of the Lord’s supper. The latter ordinances are given in 1 Corinthians chapter 11. Water baptism was first ordained by John Baptist and Jesus continued this ordinance as a commandment in Matthew 28:19 and a part of the great commission to the church.
What Is The Special Nature Of Ordinances?
Ordinances are given to establish certain absolutes about the government (the church). They express the purposes and objectives of the government that creates them.
The easiest way to understand ordinances is to remember that they are part of a covenant, or a government. If you think of the covenant as a constitution and the ordinances as the bylaws of the constitution, it gives us a good idea what the ordinances are in relation to the New Covenant.
The church is part of the Kingdom of God. It is under the laws of the Kingdom of God. The church has received its laws (constitution) and ordinances (bylaws) from the sovereign God who reigns over the universe. The Kingdom of God is a theocratic government. That is, it is ruled by Almighty God, the creator of all things!
So, when we speak of the ordinances we are speaking of special observances established by God to obeyed. Ordinances always have a significant purpose behind them. Let us look at the ordinances of the church as they were established by Jesus and the apostles;
The ordinance of water baptism establishes the purpose of the cross in commitment to Christ. It illustrates the fact that there is a provision for newness of life if first the death of self occurs. Water baptism speaks of the death of the flesh nature and then the power and promise of God to give new life if the will is surrendered to the death of self.
The ordinance of the hair is being overlooked by the modern preacher, but that is why God placed ordinances in the New Covenant Scripture – so they would be known and observed until the end of the covenant. The ordinance of hair and the prayer covering tied to ancient Biblical truths rooted in the order of creation from the very beginning. This ordinance establishes the divine order of the place of the woman and the man in home government as well as the government of the church and society. It also establishes the distinction of the sexes, prayer authority, angels and roles in life.
The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper establishes the fact that Christ will return to this Earth at the end of the second millennium since His death. The Bible is a very carefully chronicled book. It is easily traced in time and we know that according to the Scriptures there are seven ages or dispensations which God has sovereignly established and does sovereignly control. We are looking back over 6,000 years of time and can see that every dispensation was carried out and is a part of world history! Those believers at the beginning of time did not have this proof of past history we have. With every Biblical prophecy made by the prophets until this time including the fact that Israel would return to their soil and become a nation is another prophecy fulfilled before the very eyes of the secular humanists. These infallible fulfilments prove that scriptures and the prophets are God breathed revelations.
All ordinances are given to be observed by the faithful until the covenant or that government ends. This covenant of grace will have an end the same as the first covenant God made with Abraham and Moses. Water baptism will end because it is an ordinance given to converted people and in the Kingdom there will be no conversions from sin. The ordinance of hair will also end because there will be no sexes in the Kingdom of God. This may upset the women’s libers, the homosexuals, the libertines, prostitutes and the pornographers, but that won’t be the worst setback this bunch will have when God strikes the world with the cataclysm of His promised judgment. Very soon now, God will bare His arm and send this bunch screaming for the mountains to fall on them!
The ordinance of the last supper is a prophetic ordinance! The Word of God prophecies of Christ returning to Earth. The last supper is to be kept “until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29.) I have often wondered at the account given in Revelation that when God pours out His wrath contains prophecies of the end time tribulation so that every big mouthed God hating sinner will be rebuked by these prophetic events. Among them are homosexuals (who are among the most vicious haters of the God of the Bible), Communists and the “Lords Of Greed” (as Tex Marrs calls them) who conspire to control the world through the world banking systems.
God has made two great covenants with man The old covenant He made with Abraham and Israel and the New Covenant He made through his son, Jesus Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. Galatians 3:17.
The oldest lesson of the Bible is in the temptation of Eve and Adam in the second chapter of Genesis. The facts given in this encounter between the serpent and Eve is crucial and basic to in everyday Christian life.
In this meeting between the first human pair and Satan, God exposes Satan’s methods of moral corruption, and the weakness of man is unveiled for the first time for all to see.
By letting us in on what happened in this encounter is one of the greatest favors God did for us. It is an unveiling of Satanic methodology in the corruption of man!
To analyze this exchange between Satan and man and apply the many, many basic principles it contains would transform Christianity. The lessons God teaches us in this record of the first temptation is a pivotal doctrine of the Christian faith! Some
FACTS THE FIRST TEMPTATION REVEAL
Avoiding certain encounters and dialogue
The power of evil influence
The unwariness of consequences.
The credulous nature of man.
Trifling with divine principles.
The consequences of casual regard for God’s Word.
What rebellion consists of, the nature of it.
The origin of sin.
The consequences of sin.
The severity of God’s justice.
Obedience and disobedience introduced.
Divine government threatened.
Why man was not warned of the snake.
Why the tree was in the center of the garden.
(The matter of obedience is central and God was equalizing the choice between options. There were literally hundreds of exotic trees laden with fruit in the green splendors of paradise, did not God make it easier to choose what was provided for them rather than what was forbidden?)
Why God did not intervene in the temptation. (Actually He had! The commandment was in her heart!)
She sinned with the commandment in her mouth.
Why God allowed the transgression to take place. (To prove man’s love)
Why God gave such a commandment.
Satan’s contempt for the Word of God.
Satan’s utter contempt for the happiness of man.
Satan’s use of others to speak through.
How Satan planted desire in Eve’s heart.
How Eve corrupted the man over her.
How Satan corrupted man by corrupting the Word.
How Satan used the question mark, where God used the exclamation mark.
How Adam and Eve aligned with the snake.
That obedience to the commandment was crucial.
That God is offended when His Word is trivialized.
He started his approach with a question.
He always retained an element of truth in what he said. He mixed the truth with lies and distortions.
He attacked God’s Word but not God. Too obvious.
He hid the results of judgement from her.
He spoke with positive tones, in her favor.
He taught her to choose pleasure over good.
He insinuated God did not tell her the truth.
He left her with the impression God was harsh.
He created desires for power in her heart.
He created in her a superior attitude towards the absoluteness of the Word.
He taught her she was equal to God. (This is precisely what is happening today. We interpret the Word to suit our preferences.
He taught her to gainsay the Word, to change it to her own advantage.
He taught her to think of the Word of God as legalistic.
He taught her that God’s Word held her in bondage.
He taught her the concept of freedom (in the flesh).
He promised her disobedience to the Word with blessing.
He taught her disobedience to the Word of God without consequences.
He did all of this with only words!
The first great lesson taught in the Bible is the lesson on temptation and how it occurs and it’s consequences. The first great fact we are made to see is Satan’s hatred for the commandments of the Lord.
That hatred for God’s laws is the one factor that reveals who is of God and who is not. There are many people in the contemporary church movement who cry and sing and pray in tongues, but the minute you may preach anything that sounds like obligation to Biblical moral standards you are ostracized, tagged a legalist and barred from further fellowship with an explanation. The reason men with a moral message are never sat down and talked to explaining the pastor’s disapproval is because the pastor who would attempt such a thing knows he cannot defend his liberalism by the Word of God and the man who preaches a holy life and moral obligation can. This trend has become so strong among the charismatics toward traditional holiness people that a terrible misconception of holiness has been programmed into the minds of a whole generation of Pentecostal youth. The result will be an amoral church when this generation becomes the adults of the church…or is that what’s already happening?
1. From the beginning God gave man a governing commandment to obey. This proves man’s integrity and loyalty (love) for God. Commandments or law provides man with an alternative, to obey or not to obey. By man’s choice he proves his love for God.
2. Satan did not deny the existence of God’s law, he questioned it and subjected it to reasoning. He removed the exclamation mark and replaced it with the sign of the snake, a question mark.
3. Satan could not deny the reasons for the law. Law is integral to order and peace. Law is a principle and always based upon positive results! There is certainly nothing wrong with the law nor the reasons for it existing. Every one of the ten commandments will produce positive effect when obeyed! If every man, woman and child on the earth would start living by these ten principles of goodness tomorrow, planet earth would turn into a glorious paradise. There is certainly nothing negative about that.
4. The only thing Satan could do is assault the law as being unreasonable would be to insinuate because he could not fault it lest Eve and Adam become suspicious.
Recently, I was listening to the pastor of the Church of The Open Door in Southern California. He has a fanfare introductory statement much like Chuck Swindal’s broadcast (very impressive). His broadcast that afternoon came on with a very loud statement about,”…not going back to the law!” Into his broadcast he asked the question, “What do we do now that we are delivered from the law?” Here is the error again. These preachers who claim we are delivered from the “law” jump all around between references to ceremonial law and moral law without distinguishing them and as if they were the same thing. They are not! We are indeed delivered from the ceremonial law but there is no such thing as not being obligated to principles of order represented in the moral law.
The Bible teaches that we cannot be justified, that is saved and washed from our sins, by obedience to the law. That can only happen at the cross!
But the Bible teaches very clearly the Christian’s closeness to and affection for the moral law of God after the cross!
I am sure the radio preacher I heard was referring to Paul’s statement in Romans 7:6 when he said, But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Paul is speaking here of being delivered from the condemnation of the law according to the old system. In the previous verses Paul uses the illustration of a woman who was bound to her husband according to the law but that when her husband died she is set free from any obligations she had to her dead husband.
We are under a much higher moral standard under grace than under law! When Paul speaks of “liberty” and “being free from the law.” He is not implying one whit that we are not obligated to the moral law if there is no more moral standard.
The moral standard that will be required increases as the revelation of God increases. Christ was the ultimate revelation of God on earth and therefore an ultimate moral standard was given.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Paul says we are not under the law, but under grace. And what does this word “under” mean? It is the Greek word, hupo, to be beneath or inferior to. What Paul meant is what he said in the previous sentence when he said sin shall not have dominion over you. Dominion is what Paul meant. We are not under the dominion of law, we are under the dominion of grace!
And what does it mean to be “under” grace? For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:11-12
So the moral standards have not changed under grace. Man under grace has not been released from moral obligation of the law.
The moral law cannot justify! The ceremonial law cannot justify!
But why doesn’t even the moral law justify us if we were able to keep it? The reason is simple and logical (all truth usually does have these two qualities):
First, without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins and there is no blood in the moral law. Moral law without the blood falls “short of the glory.” So for that reason sin cannot be remitted in any moral system without redemptive blood.
The second point: The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament ceremonial did provide the shedding of blood. But the whole priestly system was a temporary and topological system awaiting the coming of the Christ the Lamb of God. Read Hebrews chapters 8 through 10 for a full explanation of this. When Christ came His rejection proved the sinfulness of man. His crucifixion proved the love of God for man. As of the hour of His bloody death by Roman crucifixion, the old animal system was replaced by the blood sacrifice of Christ.
So that is why moral law apart from blood sacrifice is impossible! Any moral system that is valid and of God must have the blood to make atonement. A moral system without that blood is invalid. Holiness people are often accused of being legalists. But a legalist believes in a salvation through the observing of a moral code and ignore the new birth by regeneration. Holiness people do not believe in such heresy. Traditional holiness people hold both the redemptive blood of Christ and the new birth high above all other doctrines.
According to the logic of equivalence the perfect justice of God demands that only life can atone for death because they are equivalent. Blood sacrifices are not an “invention” of God, it is what perfect justice demands. God cannot depart from what is perfectly just! Christ has come providing the blood for this New Covenant – now I have all I need to achieve moral perfection through Christ. I have a revelation of a moral standard and the blood atoning with a living Saviour representing me as my attorney at the throne of God!
It cannot justify! But when you are justified by the blood of Christ, you do obey the moral laws of God! That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4 If salvation does anything for me, it removes the rebellion the of sinful nature against God’s law. And it does that by bringing death to that sinful nature! Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7
Justification removes my rebellion against the authority of the commandment so I can live by the moral law. In fact, God even puts this moral law in my heart when I am born again! For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Hebrews 8:10
Why do men in the church who claim to be Christians and theologians preach against moral law? Because they are confused and do not have the Spirit given insights into the Word of God. There has been far too much interpretation of scripture by human intelligence. The snake is doing the same thing to modern fundamental preachers that he did to Eve and Adam in the beginning.
Why is it that there are so many references to the moral law in the New Testament commanding us to obey and regard it and then seemingly other scriptures that tell us it is done away? Because it is referring to two different experiences in the Christian life and because it is referring to two different kinds of law; ceremonial law which was temporary and the moral law which was perpetual.
Careless preachers cite certain verses of the Bible which refer to the law as done away under grace. Actually the word law has several ways it us used when mentioned by the New Testament writers. The context must be carefully and honestly determined to know which form of the law the writer was referring to.
1. The moral law of the Old Testament consisted of the moral law which was given in the ten commandments on the tables of stone. This moral law was expounded and expanded by further teaching and the continuing revelation of God through the history of Israel. But, that there was distinction between the moral law engraved on the stone tablets and the myriads of ceremonial, sanitation and social laws is established in the fact that the moral law was contained on the tablets by itself.
2. The ceremonial law of the Old Testament was completely done away in that it was fulfilled in the coming of Christ. Those laws of the atonement including animal sacrifices, Sabbaths and events in the history of Israel foretelling the coming of the Messiah, all ceased at the time of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
A MAXIM OF LAW TO REMEMBER
One of the highest maxims known to human law, and written somewhere in the law books of every nation, is that “lex stat dum ratio manet, cessante ratione, lex ipse cessat.” The law stands so long as the reason of it remains. When the reason of it ceases then the law itself ceases.” Christ’s coming ended the reasons for observing the ceremonial law which foretold His coming.
3. The moral law of the New Testament remains so long as the reason for moral law exists. What are the reasons for the revelation of the moral law? The existence of sin and sinners. So long as there is sin the moral law remains.
In the case of the ceremonial law, there remains no more reason for it to remain since the Messiah has come and it’s shadows and types are no longer needed to foretell Him. The reasons for it have ceased therefore this law ceases.
In the case of the moral law of God the cause remains; sin is still a reality demanding a law to reveal it and convict the transgressor, showing him his need of the Saviour. The reasons for this law remain and so this law remains.
If you remove the law then there is no sin. Romans 4:15 Libertines and theological eggheads seem to intentionally confuse these two kinds of law. The reasoning of the devil is that if he could run all of God’s laws together and then convince that he could always get some false teachers with degrees and charisma trained in the schools of extreme Calvinism (because there is a Calvinism that is not extreme and does not believe in a conditionless salvation) to convince others that “it” the “law” (singular) had been done away with.
This is a classic example of ignoring a whole army of verses in the New Testament that flatly refute such heresy. The moral law remains even more so after the cross. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31 All of the ten commandments were reiterated or alluded to in the New Testament by Christ and the apostles. The cross gave us the power to live moral lives far above the moral law required by either Moses or Christ. (Moses: Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5; Christ: Matthew 5:17-48) See Law And The Christian by Dr. William H. Pardee, Hagios Letter issue No. 2688. Add hyperlink
Let’s first consider a few of these verses which are used against moral law. In Romans 3:28 we read, Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Paul is making a very clear point here, that, our efforts and works (deeds, Greek word ergo, efforts, works) cannot secure a legal pardon from past sins. The subject is Justification and not sanctification. Justification is a legal term which refers to the instantaneous legal transaction at the time of my receiving Christ and being reinstated into the favor and presence of God.
Sanctification is a process of duration after that experience of justification at the time of repentance. Sanctification involves my obedience and love for the commandment after I receive the new nature. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Justification does not come by obeying any law as was the condition under the old covenant (Old Testament) God had with Israel. That was done away and justification now is only through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. That is what is done away! It is no more by the “deeds of the law” but by faith in Christ!
After I am justified by the blood of Christ I enter a life of holiness and the doctrine of sanctification is now my singular pursuit. When I am justified I come into possession of the new creation‘s disposition evidenced by a desire to obey and comply with the moral law and all the teachings of the apostle’s doctrine. Moral transformation is the proof I have been born again.
So while the moral or the ceremonial law cannot justify me at the cross, I find a precious love for the moral law placed in my heart through justification!
And here is another of their favorite verses which they isolate from other verses; For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 The second part of this verse is often quoted without the first part. Paul says that sin will not have dominion over us! What is sin? John tells us that sin is the transgression of the law! 1 John 3:4. Paul also tells us in Romans 8:4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Also note Romans 3:31 again, that the law is established by grace! How is that? Grace teaches us the same moral code as the law…they are the same! Titus 2:11-12. The moral law cannot change (as the ceremonial did) because it reflects the moral nature of God. The only way moral law could change is if God changes!
The greatest disservice of liberalism to the church has been it’s carelessness lacking sound exegesis and honest and sensitive about arriving at the original intent of the inspired writer. These doctrinaires make terrible staement that amount to inditing God the Holy Ghost when they say such things as, Doctrine separates but the Spirit unites. What splendid idiocy! Presenting God’s Word as bondage is the theology of the snake. Diligence in handling the Word of God aligns more with the ideas of reverence and the wholesome disciplines of godliness. You may be casual about what you feed your cat but being casual toward the Word of God makes us vulnerable to damning deceptions corrupting the chur5ches in the end times. Some well known men down through the corridors of history have introduced doctrinal distortions into the mainstreams of the church’s doctrinal life.
Cyprian went to …..and stood before the church counsel representing the pagan dates for the Christian celebration of Easter! The Sunday date he insisted on was the pagan celebration date based on the vernal equinox of the moon and always falling on a Sunday. The actual date of the crucifixion was on the 14 day of the Jewish month nisan(?). He returned from that counsel and was brought before the Roman magistrate by the pagan majority of his city and executed. (If this story can be verified it would seem that Cyprian’s death might have been the judgement of God.)
Martin Luther taught baptism of infants and by sprinkling. Two doctrines not at all taught by the apostles.
Dr. DeHaan, famed fundamentalist radio preacher stated in his writings that there was no difference between ceremonial and moral law. This is an inexcusable teaching.
The distinction between ceremonial and moral law for the Christian is of supreme importance. By establishing the difference between these two systems a great light is shed on the New Testament references to law.
They were the same inasmuch they coexisted but they were given in different ways, in different forms and kept apart by the fact that the moral law was written on stone as a separate entity with a separate identity.
We have often said that the Bible is a threefold revelation. First of all it is a revelation of sin. Secondly it is a revelation of the divine nature and thirdly a revelation of the human nature. The reason we think of sin as being the primary revelation of the Holy Scriptures is because if there had been no sin there would have not been a creation of the world. And surely no necessity of the cross and atonement. Redemption is based on the preexistence of sin. If there is no sin then the whole plan of salvation is needless. Therefore the whole gospel is built on the fact of sin. If there had been no redemption, no cross, no suffering Saviour then there was no need for a revelation of the divine nature of God to man. And, of course, there would have been no revelation of the depraved human nature.
The moral law of God is a vital part of the revelation of God’s nature of moral excellence. When God gave the moral law, He was giving a threefold revelation of the nature of sin; the divine nature and the human nature. When God gave man the law He was handing to Moses
a revelation of His own divine nature.
THE TWO SYSTEMS OF LAW IN CONTRAST
We call this revelation of the moral goodness of God the moral law. It is based upon – these are principles based upon what God considers to be good. Therefore the moral law is basically a code of moral conduct, principles that represent or reflect the moral values of God. We therefore come to several conclusions;
1. That the moral law cannot change because it is a revelation of the immutable qualities of the nature of God.
2. To say we can do away with the moral law is tantamount to thinking you will do away with God! It is a ridiculous as well as unscriptural conclusion.
3. Christ bears the same moral nature as the Father and therefore represents the same moral qualities as the Father. It is for this reason that when Christ came He quickly confirmed in His earliest teachings (Matthew 5 through 7) His identity with the moral law. In fact He intensified man’s obligation to the moral law by raising the moral standard of each of the laws given to Moses in their ideal and ultimate obedience which some Bible scholars also believe is a dispensational reference to the moral standards of the Kingdom of God in the millennial age.
The moral law of God is preventative and rewarding in nature. It tells us what not to do before we do it.
These are two different systems of law altogether! They are easily distinguished and we should therefore not confuse them and use them or refer to them as being one law.
When God gave Moses the moral law. It was written on tablets and isolated from the redemptive, the hygienic and the civil laws. The civil laws were given to the children Israel to provide a peaceful and orderly arrangement for their tribal existence. Such things as debts, possessions and penalties exacted for certain crimes. The hygienic laws consisted of prohibitions regarding foods and sanitation. Included in the ceremonials was the system of animal sacrifice.
Also included in the ceremonial law were the holy days to commemorate the many deliverances of Israel and the Lord’s many provisions and interventions in their behalf through their journeying from Egypt to Palestine.
There were four principle purposes in the ceremonial law;
1. To provided the means of atonement until the Messiah would come.
2. The ordinances reminded Israel of their deliverance from Egypt.
3. The ceremonial law was a careful system of topology foretelling the features of the Messiah and His coming to help identify His appearance.
4. Not only that but when Christ came He would be the only one who would fit the topological description of the Messiah. After the cross, especially, can we see Christ and clearly identify His nature, His ministry and His atoning death through the types.
As we can easily see, the revelation of the moral law which God gave Moses on the stone tablets was quite a separate set of laws from the ceremonial system given Israel. Everything given in the tribal laws were subject to the conditions under which Israel was living as a nomadic people and the fact that the animal system itself would cease at the coming of the Messiah. Many of the tribal laws were then, quite temporary. But not the ten laws given on the stone tablets! They would remain and apply so long as man remains in a sinful state. They still apply in this twentieth century.
The moral law was given to man through Moses as a standard of moral goodness that reflected the divine wish for man.
But if a man found himself living in violation of the commandments, God had provided the ceremonial laws of blood redemption which he could appropriate and be reconciled with God. This part of the ceremonial law was provided to atone for confessed sin.
When God gave to man the moral law He was saying, “Do not sin.” But by providing the blood atonement He was saying, “But if you sin…”. God has always been merciful in His dealings with man. By providing the blood atonement He provided the sinner a legal provision by which he could be reconciled and forgiven.
That there were right men who lived before and during the dispensation of law is a recorded fact of scripture. Job who was “a perfect and an upright man, one that fearetrh God, and escheweth evil.” Daniel was sinless as far as the record goes. No sin attributed to him.
Now another aspect of blood sacrifice. Why did righteous men offer blood sacrifices? Noah had an outstanding relationship with God! Not only was he the only righteous among all the peoples of the earth, but he had a very personal and mystical walk with God. Yet when the ark settled on land and he and his family came out of the ark, the first thing Noah did was build an alter and offer up sacrifices to the Lord. There are many instances of animal sacrifices being made in the Old Testament. The reason was that the ceremonial law had three qualities and forgiveness of sin was only one of the three purposes. Offering the sacrifice of animals constituted a sacrifice of praise. Sacrifices always meant the giving up of life, the thing of highest value in all creation. The second thing sacrifice always meant was a personal loss to the giver of the sacrifice. Hence the word “sacrifice.” The offering of a sacrifice speaks of the faith of the person making the offering, to God and in God’s provision.
Ceremonial law was not a part of moral law but a legal obligation of anyone violating the moral laws of God. When God gave the law to Moses He was saying, “This is goodness, and this is the life of goodness you are capable of if you so will it.” But when He gave them the law He knew their proneness and the depravity of human nature and provided the sacrificial system.
This system was replaced by a new and more excellent way into the presence of God with many added provisions and benefits. To appreciate the contrast between the two systems of redemption, the former by the blood of “bulls and goats,” and the latter by the precious blood of God’s Lamb, read the book of Hebrews and in particular chapter 8 through 10.
With several dimensions of power and privilege under the New Covenant, Christ provides an atonement through which the repentant sinner receives the Spirit of Christ within by identifying with Him in death which water baptism is a type of.
Under the new system is not only a complete revelation of moral goodness but the power and the motivating love of God to fulfill it! When we do, the intimacies with God the Father that are available to us far surpass any under previous atonement systems i.e., under the dispensations of conscience and covenant.
This was Paul’s whole purpose in writing the epistle to the Galations. He is not speaking of doing away with the moral law but rather the ceremonial law. Secondly, he wanted to make it clear that no one can be justified by the works of the law. That is, “justified!” Judaizers insisted on keeping part of the ceremonial law along with their faith in Christ. Paul says, “No!” Even the keeping of the moral law cannot justify us and restore us to God since the sacrifice of Christ. But after justification, that is faith alone in the atoning work of Christ we possess a love for moral purity and regard the commandments of God and His Christ with highest regard. Jesus, in His priestly prayer in the upper room prayed the Father that His disciples be sanctified…how? “through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth.” So sanctification after justification is very much through a relationship to the Word of God and all of it’s hundreds of commandments! See Psalm 19:7. Thy Word, Thy Word is truth.”
The ceremonial law has no justifying power! The moral law remains as a sanctifying power unto salvation! But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Christians with convictions who believe in sanctification and the life of separation and holiness need not be intimidated by those false teachers who would make us believe that Christians who have standards and practice separation from the world are under bondage to the law.
I love the law of God! I want the whole world to know that before I go to meet Jesus. Thou shalt love thy neighbour. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3
It is the desire of the holy heart to do those things that are pleasing to the Lord as revealed in the revelation of His Word.
We serve notice on all those who teach a sloppy liberation gospel; there are yet many Christians who know by His Spirit what the true gospel is because we read our Bibles. Have your jubilee now because what you are doing by spreading a spurious concept of God’s moral law will come to sudden end at the judgement bars of God!
The gospel does not set a man free! It brings death to the carnal flesh nature and it’s ties with the world. The gospel sets the spirit of man free from sin. Your liberation gospel that teaches Christians to be rich and indulgent is not the gospel delivered unto the saints in the beginning.
Holiness people realize that they will be hounded and ridiculed by powerful apostates in the last days. It only proves us and makes us sure of the day we are living in and who you are.
Truth is not on the side of this new fleshpot fundamentalism…in fact, truth is not on anyone’s side…but the righteous are on the side of truth.