What about the Sabbath?
Miss Jane Doe: “After Christ died, did everyone have to live by the New Testament Law, even though they had lived by the Old Testament Law before?”
Brother Preacher: I am so glad that you asked that question I do not know what to do. Praise the Lord! Just stay with me for a little while, because I am fixing to deal with it. The death and resurrection of Christ initiated major alterations in the way God was to both affect and effect man’s salvation.
No longer would Moses and the Law, which God gave through him, be a high priority item. No longer would the Levitical Priesthood be the medium through which priest would come. No longer would the shed blood of animals be essential to, or associated with the expiation (making mends) of man’s sin. No longer would the fleshly descendants of Abraham through Isaac be considered the “chosen” of God. No longer would Jerusalem be the primary place where acceptable worship was to be offered. No longer would God dwell among His people in the darkness of a material structure, called the temple. (Stay with me now).
No longer would sinful men represent sinful men before God, but sinful men would be represented by the sinless Christ. These very elementary yet basic truths, along with countless others, which could be mentioned should of necessity demand it, indicated very clearly that the fundamental facts of the Gospel, the death, the burial and resurrection of Christ, radically changed heaven and earth, in terms of man’s eternal destiny. The studious and honest Bible reader cannot escape the very precise truth that the death of the Christ brought about a change regarding the Law. We read, “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law” (Hebrews 7:12)
Again we read, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death…” (Hebrews 9:15)
The New Testament explicitly states, “…we are no longer under the school master” (Galatians 3:25)
And again we read, “…for ye are not under the law” (Romans 6:14)
Furthermore the Bible teaches that saints, Christians, are “dead to the law” (Romans 7:4). Since under the New Covenant, believers in Christ, Christians, are:
“Dead to the law” (Romans 7:4)
“No long under the schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:25)
“Not under the law” (Romans 6:14)
The rationale from the superiority of information relating to the revocation, abolishment and doing away of the law, was to make clear to the reader of the New Testament, that Christ “was the end of the law” (Romans 10:14), and “took it out of the way” (Colossians 2:14). Jesus nailed that Old Law to the cross brothers and sisters. The law, in this age, the Gospel Age, the Christian Age, is GONE, ABOLISHED. The word, “abolished” is a God ordained word, that is, God declared the law “abolished.”
We read, “And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished.” (1 Corinthians 3:13).
Since it has been “abolished” says God, “done away” says God, how can one live under that which God has declared Gone, regardless of how he may have lived previously? That’s a good question for us to try to answer…
A very recent example will suffice. A few years ago, the speed limit was changed. It formally was 65, 75 and possibly 80 in Missouri. But the federal government mandated that if a state was to receive federal highway funds, the speed limit law of that state must not exceed 55 miles per hour. DESPITE WHAT THE LAW OF A PARTICULAR STATE HAD BEEN, IT MUST NOW BE 55, IF THAT STATE IS TO RECEIVE FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDS. No one who was stopped for speeding, subsequent to the implementation of that law could use as defense, “I began driving when the speed limit was 75, so I am still driving by the same law.” That man might be called a number of things, but the one thing that is certain is that he would get a ticket and the sitting traffic judge would demand that he pay it.
For the law has been changed. Just so, God changed the law, we are now under “the Law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2), and no longer under the Law of Moses, and we are expected to be governed wholly by “the Law of Christ”. This “Law of Christ”, the new covenant, is “better” (Hebrews 7:19, 8:6), and will last until “the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). No person can justifiably claim to be subject to, and under the authority of the Old Testament Law today, for no person now lives who also lived before the New Testament became of force. The Bible teaches that the New Testament Law became of force, when Christ died on the cross.
We read, “For where a testament is, there also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.” (Hebrews 9:16,17) And the Bible is right and somebody is wrong.
The testament or will of Christ, is the second (Hebrews 10:9) or New Covenant (Hebrews 8:13). It is the will, by which we are sanctified.
We read, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).
What every individual living today must keep clearly focused in his mind or her mind is the indisputable and inescapable fact that it is by the “word that I have spoken” (John 12:48), the words of Jesus, the Christ, that all living persons today shall be saved and judged. It is serious, sensible, and spiritually smart to OBEY THAT WORD, HIS WORD, THE WORD, THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST, IN THE NOW, BEFORE BEING JUDGED BY THAT WORD LATER.
I sincerely urge you to become a Christian. One cannot become a Christian by or under the Law of Moses; he/she can only become a Christian by or under the Gospel of Christ. There were no Christians under the Law of Moses, there could not be, and there could be none now, if all were still under the Law of Moses, but thanks to God who have his only begotten Son and to the Son, who gave his life sacrificially on the cross, we, all men, can become Christians today, if they will “obey from the heart that form of doctrine” (Romans 6:17).
I believe that answers your question Miss John Doe.