Here now is a test for those who are prophets and/or spiritual from 1 Cor 14:37:
"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." -written to the saints at Corinth by Paul, a Jewish apostle.
Does it come as a surprise that Jesus continued speaking through the apostles?
The scriptures did not cease with the Old Testament, but many people think we should observe many of the laws, statutes, and ordinances God gave to Israel as they went into the promised land.
**ALL** of the words of God are His Law, and that there are commands in the New Testament that are to be observed and there are commands and ordinances in the Old we are free from.
Heb 7:18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness..
Is it correct to say that the former law and commands from God would be changed or over-written by God at a later time?
Acts 1:2 (ASV) until the day in which he was received up, after that, he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen:
Jesus had prayed for you and me that we would believe on Him through the words given by His apostles:
John 17:20 Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word
Jesus continued speaking by the Holy Ghost through the apostles in giving his commands to the church
-just as He prayed in John 17 and as Luke affirmed in Acts 1:2
1 Cor 14:37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.
Jude :17 But .. remember ye the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
2 Thes 3:4 The Lord gives us confidence that you are doing and will continue to do what we ordered you to do. (GWT)
4) And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command.
In Acts 15, the young church wrestled with the matters of the law. Seeking God, they concluded:
28) For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
29) that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it shall be well with you. Fare ye well.
- Are Christians to keep the ordinances, laws, and commandments of the Old Testament?
- Are you righteous because of keeping the feasts of the Lord, the Sabbath, and the Ten Commandments?
- Should Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians do likewise?
- Did Peter, Paul, or Jesus instruct any church to keep the OT laws?
- If so, what verses SPECIFICALLY say so?
- Is there a specific verse telling Christians or churches to keep the sabbath law?
"Tell me, YE THAT DESIRE TO BE UNDER THE LAW" Gal 4:21
Gal 3:10-11 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Rom 10: 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
Col 2:14 <Christ's death> Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [contained in the Law] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it [the Law] out of the way, nailing it [the Law] to his cross;
19) for the law MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in OF a BETTER HOPE, by which we draw nigh unto God.
10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
New covenant cleanses the conscience!
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you hast had no pleasure.
Col 2:17 [speaking of the days and feasts of the law] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
(These verses interpret the scripture in Luke about the shadow and the Light)
21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22) Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23) Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-worship
21) And they are informed of you, that you teach all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22) What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that you are here.
23) Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24) Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
25) As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing [the OT laws], save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
A couple of important points here:
Prior to 70 AD Israel still existed as a nation, with the central temple, God’s “house”.
The final destruction prophesied by Jesus was not yet fulfilled. And under the law, animal sacrifice was still practiced, the Levitical and High Priest offices still functioned, but only as an outward observance (in the eyes of God). Jesus was the final sacrifice and Jesus is our One and only High Priest, as it is written.
Desolation had been pronounced upon the harlot house of the Jews.
Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
(This does not mean Jewish people cannot be saved. The NT church began as a 100% Jewish ekklesia and gentiles added later.
Salvation is given to "both Jew and Greek" and both Jews and gentiles are one in Christ.)
Regarding the early church debate over the works of the law, in Acts 15, the apostle JAMES told the church leadership in Jerusalem:
"Paul meant for you to keep the letter of the law, keep the sabbath and the feasts, circumcision, ordinances, and/or the tithe."
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
8) For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt [the law]; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
11) And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more
13) In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old [the law]. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [the law] is ready to vanish away.
"In that He saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decays and becomes old is ready to vanish away."-HOW did it decay and vanish away? Simple. After Christ the decay began as no more blood sacrifices could remove sin. The Jewish Levite priest's sacrifices were no longer necessary, and when the Lord sent the Romans to obliterate the ancient Jewish nation, the whole Levitacal system vanished with the destruction of the nation and the temple itself.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ,that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (the same phrase Peter used in Acts 15:10 referring to the law and Gentile Christians)
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 5:9 A little leaven (from the law) leaveneth the whole lump.
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. A little law (tithe/sabbath/etc.) leavens, vails, makes Christ no effect, brings one under the curse, etc....
16) Let no man therefore judge (to condemn) you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days [as given in the law]:
17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
(When Christ, the LIGHT comes, the shadow goes away.)
5) For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Observing the law avails nothing, it is faith which justifies. Faith in Christ makes you complete and righteous, not the outward keeping of the law).
8) How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory (the law) , much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ
9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
The new covenant is for a spiritual people of God, not a letter people. "They that are led of the Spirit are the sons of God", not them that are led of the letter. "The letter killeth but the Spirit maketh alive."
We are righteous by faith in the scriptures and obedience to the terms of the New Covenant unto obedience.
To follow Christ is to learn of the Covenant He gave us as given through His holy apostles.
On the authority of the testimony of Paul who preached the same Gospel to BOTH Jews and gentiles:
Acts 20:19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.