LAW IMMUTABLE" 2
WHAT WAS ABOLISHED AT THE CROSS?
It is charged that, when He died on Calvary, Christ
destroyed the moral law of Ten Commandments. But the Bible does not teach
Here are the passages used to show that Gods law has been
Hebrews 10:7-9 Then said I, Lo, I come (in
the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God. Above when
He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou
wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law.
Then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that
He may establish the second.
Ephesians 2:15 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.
What do those passages mean? They cannot mean that either
the moral law of Ten Commandments or the Creation Sabbath were destroyed at
Hebrews 10:7-9 is talking about the sacrificial and offering
laws. It says so. Christ's sacrificial death on the cross eliminated the
sacrificial laws (also called ceremonial laws). The death of Gods Lamb did
away with the offering of lambs on the altar. The sacrificial laws were taken
away and the moral law of Ten Commandments established.
Ephesians 2:15 is talking about the commandments contained
in ordinances. The ordinances were the ceremonial laws. By His death, Christ
eliminated the sacrificial laws and, as our Mediator, brought us to God.
1. Jesus did not come to earth to destroy the moral law!
Keep in mind that it was because that law could not be abolished that Christ
had to die. Christ did not die so we could keep sinning. He died to provide us
miraculous divine grace to empower us to keep the law.
1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the
saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of
2. Some today claim that there has been no law since the
death of Christ. But the Bible teaches that if there is no law, there is no
sin! Indeed, without the law to identify sin, we cannot know what sin is.
Apart from the presence of the law, sin does not exist.
Romans 4:15 Where no law is, there is no
Romans 5:13 Sin is not imputed when there is
Romans 3:20 For by the law is the knowledge
Romans 7:7 I had not known sin but by the
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law.
It is the Ten Commandment law of God that the saints will
keep. When asked, Which law? Jesus replied by naming several of the Ten
Commandments (Matt 19:17-19). And the Apostle James did likewise
3. It is the ceremonial law, the law of Old Testament
sacrifices, which ended at the cross.
The only thing abolished at the cross was the ceremonial
law, contained in ordinances. They were the sacrificial laws. After Christ's
death, it was no longer necessary to sacrifice lambs at the Temple, for
Christ, our Lamb, had died. But, after the death of Christ, we were still
obligated to keep the moral law.
Daniel 9:26-27 predicted that, at His death, Christ would
cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. And the Apostle Paul tells us
that this is exactly what happened. When Christ died, the ceremonial
ordinances were blotted out. The sacrificial services in the Temple no longer
had meaning in the eyes of God.
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting
of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out
of the way, nailing it to His cross.
Ephesians 2:15-16 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; and that He might
reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
A leading Protestant writer, Dr. Albert Barnes, in
commenting on Colossians 2:16, said this:
But the use of the term [sabbaths] in the plural
number, and the connection, show that he [Paul] had his eye on a great number
of days which were observed by the Hebrews as festivals, as a part of their
ceremonial and typical law, part of the moral law, and not on the moral law or
the Ten Commandments. No part of the moral law not one of the Ten
Commandments could be spoken as a shadow of things to come. Dr. Albert
Barnes, Commentary on Colossians 2:16.
The shadowy laws were the ones that foreshadowed the
coming of Christ: the slaying of the lambs and goats, the keeping of the
yearly Passover, etc. All these ceremonial laws were taken away by the death
Hebrews 10:1-4 For the [sacrificial] 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. For then would they not have cease to be
offered? . . But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins
every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should
take away sins.
The moral law is a perfect law (Ps 19:7; 119:172,
142; Rom 7:12). The ceremonial law was imperfect (Heb 7:18-19; 10:1-4).
The moral law is in itself spiritual (Rom 7:14).
The ceremonial law was not in itself spiritual (Heb 9:10).
The moral law was spoken directly by God Himself
(Deut 4:12-13, 22-23; Ex 20:1). The ceremonial law was spoken by Moses
(Lev 1:1-2; 7:37-38).
The moral law was written by the Lord Himself upon two
tables of enduring stone (Deut 5:22; Ex 31:18). The ceremonial law was
written by Moses in a book (Ex 34:27; Deut 31:9).
The moral law is eternal, requiring obedience from all
(Rom 3:31; Matt 5:17; Luke 16:17; Matt 19:17; 1 Cor 7:19; Rev
22:14). The ceremonial law was abolished at the cross; therefore obedience
to it is not required from anyone today (Eph 2:15; Col 2:14-17; Acts
These sacrificial laws included yearly holy days, or yearly
sabbaths. The weekly Sabbath was given to mankind at the foundation of the
world and is the fourth of the Ten Commandments.
But the yearly sabbaths were gatherings for special
sacrificial service and foreshadowed the death of Christ. At those services,
there were special meat offerings and drink offerings. A list of the
yearly sabbaths will be found in Leviticus 23:4-44.
The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is called the Sabbath in
the Bible, but the yearly sabbaths are easily identified. When mentioned
together, an s is added; they were the sabbaths or sabbath days. All
those yearly gatherings were abolished at the cross. Paul calls them (and
their meat and drink offerings) a shadow.
Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge
you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or
of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
Hebrews 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
This is because the meaning of the Temple services ended
when Christ died. At that moment a hand reached down from heaven and tore the
veil of the Temple in two, thus desecrating it and destroying its
Matthew 27:50-51 Jesus, when He had cried
again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the
Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake,
and the rocks rent.
Hebrews 10:7-9 Then said I [Christ], Lo, I
come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.
Above when He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering
for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered
by the law. Then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God. He taketh away the
first, that He may establish the second.
The first the shadow laws and ceremonies was taken away by
the death of Christ, that He might solidly establish by His death the
principle that man must obey God and, through the merits of Christ, he can be
empowered to do it!