What Law Was "Nailed To The Cross"?
by Wayne Blank
The Mosaic Law
There are some who believe, and teach, that The Ten Commandments are not in effect for Christians, and the above Scriptures are often quoted as "proof." But, does that mean that we are now somehow lawless, like Satan is lawless? Are we free to worship false gods, or bow down to idols, or blaspheme God's name, or ignore His Sabbath Day, or abuse and dishonor parents, or commit murder, or run wild in adultery, stealing, lies and coveting? Does that sound like someone that God would be pleased with, especially if they claim to be a good Christian all the while that they're doing it? Or does it describe someone that He is going to condemn if they don't wake up?
So, what law was "nailed to the cross" then? The Mosaic law. The ultimate sacrifice of the Savior on the cross abrogated the old Mosaic laws, the generally symbolic of the coming Savior (see Type and Antitype) ceremonial sacrifices and ordinances, that did not include God's eternal Law, the Ten Commandments, which existed long before the "laws of Moses" were given at Sinai (see The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?), and will always remain in effect for, and be joyfully and willingly obeyed by, the truly righteous. Does this Scripture, for example, that deals with the future, sound like the Ten Commandments are "done away"?
"Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside [i.e. in the lake of fire] are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators [i.e. violators of the Seventh Commandment] and murderers [i.e. violators of the Sixth Commandment] and idolaters [i.e. violators of the First and Second Commandments], and every one who loves and practices falsehood [i.e. violators of the Ninth Commandment]." (Revelation 22:11-14 RSV)
Humans can only be saved by the grace of God, through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can ever possibly do to save ourselves. We don't have the power to do it, and no amount of "law keeping," or "righteous acts," or "Levitical rituals," or "works" can possibly make God owe it to us. We can't earn salvation. Our salvation is made possible by grace, but whether or not we will be saved depends upon our repentance and obedience to God. God isn't going to grant His gift of eternal life to those who do not obey Him (which would, in effect, create more rebellious, immortal devils, who, like Satan, chose for themselves not to obey God - see Did God Create The Devil?), and most particularly those who teach others not to obey Him. The unrepentant lawless, and their unrepentant teachers of lawlessness, are going to find themselves in the lake of fire with the wicked and lawless Satan.
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law"
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass [Note: heaven and earth are still here], one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19 KJV)
"We do know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments"
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with The Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His Commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." (1 John 2:1-6 KJV)
Satan Hates The Ten Commandments and Everyone Who Obeys Them
The Scriptures below are irrefutable proof that God's true people have never stopped observing and obeying the Ten Commandments. Just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, just as he has always done, Satan is going to target a particular group of faithful, righteous and obedient people of God (see The Elect and What Is A Saint?), those who keep the Ten Commandments:
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep The Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 12:17 KJV)
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