This document is
concerning the Old Testament and the New Testament, in regards
to the Old Covenant of Abraham, and the new Covenant of Christ. Are we
suppose to obey the Old Covenant and the New Covenant as well?
Now as you all know i am very big
teachings of Christ and Christ's
Disciples and Apostles. Therefore do not care much for the belief or
of men. but believe what the Words of God teaches, and not what men
Therefore i will show relevant verses in the New Testament, that
us that we are no longer to obey the Old Testament, and that we are no
under the Covenant of the Old Testament.
Let us start with this verse:
ye love me, keep my commandments.
Note: If then we love Christ, we
keep His commandments, it does not
say anything about keeping the Old Testament laws also. For Christ
have very easily have said if you love me keep My commandments and the
(Torah was the Old Testament). Matters of fact, there is not one
in the New Testament that states we are to keep the Old Testament laws
statutes. This would seem strange that if Jesus and His Disciples knew
we are to keep the Old Testament laws, or for that matter even some of
that they would have clearly taught us too. But the fact is this,
in the New Testament, does it teach or even imply that we are to obey
law in the Old Testament. If then the New Testament does not teach
where is this teaching coming from, that says we are to keep some of
laws in the Old Testament? For Christ did not teach this, nor did the
teach this, nor the apostles teach this, Therefore whence does this
come from? Again, i believe full heartedly the teachings of Christ and
Disciples and Apostles, and do not rely on the thinking of humans.
if the New Testament does not teach us to obey some of the laws in the
Testament, i will do as the New Testament teaches and not as humans
It is quite clear how one is to
into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that
is not through nor by the Old Testament. Jesus clearly says :
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built
house upon a rock:
Once again it is a wise man to
and hear the sayings of Christ, no
mention whatsoever that we are to also hear and hearken unto some of
laws in the Old Testament, But clearly the New Testament teaches us
we are to obey Christ, and His teachings, does not say we are also to
the teachings of Moses and the Torah (OT) Why did Jesus and the
and the Apostles all forget to mention that we are still to obey some
the laws in the Old Testament? Maybe because they taught that we did
have to any more, for we are not under the laws of the Old Testament,
are now under a new covenant, for Christ has fulfilled the old
Which i will attempt to show in a little bit.
Jesus and His Disciples taught us
everything that we must do and obey in
the New Testament. if then there were laws in the Old Testament that
did want us to continue to obey they were clearly expressed again in
New Testament, such as the 10 commandments were expressed again in the
Testament, this then is clearly what we should obey, not because it was
law in the Old Testament, but that Christ said in the New Testament
we should do it. Therefore it would have been in Christs best interest
mention all those things which were in the Old Testament that He
us to still follow. What then? Did Jesus forget to mention some of the
that we are still to obey? God Forbid, He did not forget, but clearly
in the New Testament the laws that He still wanted us to follow in the
the scripture (OT)
hath concluded all under
that the promise by faith
of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.:23: But before
came (before Jesus Christ came),
we were kept
under the law (OT bound by the laws of the Old Testament), shut up unto the faith which
should afterwards be
revealed.24: Wherefore the law (OT) was our
schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, (note it just said
Old Testament was our schoolmaster) that
be justified by faith. 25: But after that faith is come
teachings), we are no longer under
schoolmaster. (No Longer under the Old Testament)
26: For ye are all the
of God by faith in
So then this Scripture also
are no longer to obey the Old Testament
laws, but through Faith believe on the teachings of Christ.
he said unto them, These are the words
which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must
fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets,
in the psalms, concerning me.
This is why He said " it is
because He had fulfilled or completed
the Old Testament Jn:19:30: When
Jesus therefore had
received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head,
gave up the ghost. At that exact moment, the Old
Testament was fulfilled,
completed, done, over, Now a New Covenant is to begin, not one of
but one of Christ.
the law was given by Moses, but grace
and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Again yet another verse that says
law is the Old Testament that was by
and through Moses. But we are now under a New Covenant with Christ, not
the laws of the Old Testament and the teachings of Moses, but under the
Covenant and the teachings of Christ.
And by him all that believe are justified
from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of
This verse clearly says that they
not be justified by the law of Moses,
that is to say by merely obeying the laws of Moses did not justify
Only through the belief in Christ is one justified and not through the
of some laws of Moses.
In the next verses, is a case
people were trying to teach that they
should keep the laws of Moses and be circumsized.
And certain men which came down from Judaea
taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the
of Moses, ye cannot be saved. (an example of trying to
say you have
to obey the laws of Moses which state you must be circumcised)
2: When therefore Paul and
Barnabas had no small dissension
and disputation with them (they debated with them,
disagreed with such belief of keeping the Old Testament laws), they determined that Paul and
Barnabas, and certain
other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders
this question. (This being a very important Question not
the act of circumcision but should we obey the laws of Moses)
3: And being brought on
way by the church, they
passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the
and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 4: And when they were
to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and
and they declared all things that God had done with them. 5: But there
up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it
needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of
(Notice, that they were trying to teach that
must keep some
of the laws of Moses, circumcision being one of them, not to mention
were teaching also to keep the laws of Moses. Here is verse 5 again)
5: But there rose up
the sect of the Pharisees
which believed (notice these believed, they were the few
the teachings of Christ, for it states " which believed "), saying, That it was needful to
and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6: And the apostles and
came together for to consider of this matter. (very
whether we should obey the laws of Moses or not) 7:
And when there had been much disputing (arguing)
, Peter rose up, and said
them, Men and brethren,
ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the
by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8: And
which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy
even as he did unto us; 9: And put no difference between us and them,
their hearts by faith. 10: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a
upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were
to bear? (This is a very important thing Peter just said
verse 10 again) 10: Now therefore
why tempt ye God,
to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers
we were able to bear? (Now the whole
conversation here in this meeting
is about whether we should obey Moses law and become circumcised
Moses law says we should be. But Peter says " Why tempt ye God, to put
yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we
able to bear? " In other words Peter just said Why are you trying to
us subject to the laws of Moses all over again, when our Fathers nor we
able to do them. Yet another verse that says the Old Testament was done
that we would fail and need Christ to save us, because the Old
laws condemn us and lets us know that we can't do them, that we are
and in need of a Savior, which is Jesus Christ. So then Peter says ")
11: But we believe that
the grace of the Lord
Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (note says
about keeping the the laws of Moses. but the mere belief in Christ and
teaching is enough to Save us, and not the keeping of any of Moses laws)
Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain
which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your
saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no
This is cut an dry verse that
says that the Disciples never gave
any such commandments to keep the laws of Moses nor to be circumcised
the Laws of Moses say one MUST do.
we know that what things soever the law
saith (OT) , it
saith to them who are under
the law (Those who are still living under the OT laws,
who are Christian, because Christians are not under the law, as
teach) : that every mouth may be
stopped, and all
the world may become guilty before God. (The Old
Testament laws made
All guilty in the eyes of God, so that they would realize that they
a Savior) 20: Therefore by the
deeds of the law there
shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
of sin. (Therefore by obeying the laws of the Old
shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the Old Testament is
known) 21: But now the
righteousness of God without
the law is manifested (But now the Righteousness of God
Old Testament laws is made known to us),
by the law (of the Old Testament) and the
prophets; 22: Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus
unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
So then following the laws of
not for us Christians to do, but only
for those who still choose to live in the laws of Moses ie the Jews of
for they do not believe Jesus Christ was the messiah. So now we as
are no longer obligated to obey the laws of Moses, but believing in
and His teachings brings Salvation, and not by the Old Testament.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified
by faith without the deeds of the law.
Man is justified not by obeying
of the Old Testament, but by belief
in Christ and His teachings, This is the only way a person is justified
that is by the keeping of the Teachings of Christ which can be found in
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become
dead to the law by the body of Christ; .............. ...........
......... (In other Words because of Christ we are no
longer to obey
the laws of Moses, for we are dead to those laws)
Chapter 7, This whole chapter is
talking about the Old Testament How it condemned man, how through the
Testament man was lost, and could not have Salvation, That is why we
4: For Christ is the end of the law for
righteousness to every one that believeth. (again another verse which states
the Christ is the end of the law of the Old Testament)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the
works of the law (doing the deeds of the Old Testament), but by the faith of Jesus Christ (Which
is taught in the New Testament),
even we have believed
in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and
by the works of the law (not by the obeying of the Old
Testament) : for by the works of
the law shall no flesh be
justified. (For by the obeying of the Old Testament shall
- Gal 2:
do not frustrate the grace of God: for
if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Righteousness came by the obeying of the Old Testament, then there is
need for Christ and is dead in vain. Therefore Righteousness does not
from obeying the Old Testament and its laws and statutes, but
comes from Christ and His teachings, which are found in the New
that no man is justified by the law in
the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (But
that no person is justified by the obeying the Old Testament laws and
statutes in the sight of God, that is evident; for the Just shall live
faith in Christ and His teachings, not the teachings of Moses)
ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill
the law of Christ. (Law of Christ is not the laws of
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,
even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in
of twain one new man, so making peace; (yet another verse
Christ has abolished the law of commandments and statutes of the Old
14: For it is evident that our Lord sprang
out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of
there ariseth another priest, 16: Who is made, not after the law of a
commandment (Old Testament teachings) , but
after the power of an endless life. (Teachings of Christ)
17: For he testifieth,
a priest for ever after
the order of Melchisedec. 18: For there is verily a disannulling of the
commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
(making the Old Testament to no avail) 19:
For the law made nothing perfect (For the Old Testament
knowledge of sin, and condemned, and made people lost souls)
, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; (The teachings of Jesus Christ) by the which we draw
nigh unto God. (Through Christ only do we draw nigh to
God, not through
the Old Testament) 20: And inasmuch
as not without
an oath he was made priest: 21: (For those priests were made without an
but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and
not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. (Better
testament, then the Old Testament)
now hath he obtained a more excellent
ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant,
was established upon better promises.
if that first covenant had been faultless
(If the Old testament would have been without
faults, perfect) , then should no
place have been sought for the
second. (Therefore because there was a second convenant,
finding fault with them (finding
fault with Old Testament Covenant),
he saith, Behold,
the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the
of Israel and with the house of Judah: (New Testament is
this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put
laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to
a God, and they shall be to me a people:
You see, its not about obeying the
of Moses because they are laws, it
is all about the heart issue, love, not that we have to obey some or
of the Old Testament, as if we are still bound by the laws of Moses,
we are under a new Covenant through Christ, and His teachings are in
hearts, not on paper. We are no longer under the laws of the Old
to do them, therefore we will not be judged according to what laws we
or do not do, but we will be judged by what is in our hearts, whether
love or something else. How can i explain this better? For example
Dave doesn't steal because it is
in the Bible < Do not steal >
Cindy doesn't steal because she
want to hurt the one that she is
Which of the two has the law "
shalt not steal " written upon their
heart? Granted they both obeyed the law by not stealing, yet Dave
because it is law, therefore still under the law. Cindy however obeyed
she loves and not because it is a law, she is no longer under the law,
this particular law is written upon her heart. So then it is not about
laws we do or do not do, but is all about the love that we have in our
one to another and not doing the laws of the old Testament, not even
of them. The old Testament is just that OLD, and the New Testament is
that NEW, and as the Bible teaches concerning the OLD man and the New
that the New man no longer does the things of the OLD man, can be
in a like manner to this topic that we are discussing. That we are no
obligated to do the things of the Old Testament, but are of the New
being that we are no longer under the Old Covenant, but a New Covenant
How can we, which are under the
Covenant with Christ desire to live through
and by the Old Covenant with Moses/Abraham, when we have such a better
with Christ and His Teachings? Therefore let us obey the teachings of
and let the Jews continue to believe and teach the laws of Moses, which
still do to this day.
Obeying any part of the Old Testament to receive
is a false
doctrine. And is these last days there is much confusion concerning
this matter, and thanks to the Lord Jesus in Heaven we have many
Scriptures to help us get a better understanding of the Truth
concerning this topic.
Even during the early Church days,
there were issues that came up that the early Christians were trying to
live by the laws of Moses and also live by Faith under Grace of Jesus
Christ, which I hope this Article, by using Scriptures, will show you
the Truth that you cannot live by both.
But first let me
state an undeniable FACT: There is NO Scriptures given to us by Jesus
or any of His Apostles that teach us to continue to obey any of the Old
Testament laws, ordinances, or statutes. For example, Nowhere does
Jesus or His Apostles, teach or tell us Christians to “Keep the 10
Commandments” or “Continue to tithe 10%” or even “ Continue to keep the
Sabbath Holy” This generation teaches these things because it is what
this generation interprets some Scriptures to mean.
then are there so many people saying things like “We must give 10%
tithe to the Church”? When Jesus nor any Apostle instructed us
Christians to do so?
The reasons is there are verses that
people interpret to mean that we are to keep the laws of the Old
Testament, and we will discuss these verses to see how
misinterpretations has come about.
Many misinterpret all the verses which says:
14:15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments.
15:10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I
have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.
John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His
commandments. 4 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Note: All verses that mention “Keep My
Commandments” are from Saint John, and Saint John will interpret this
statement for us, which we shall see.
22:14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the
Now, many people
ASSUME these verses are referring to the 10 commandments, yet there is
no indication whatsoever in these verses, or in the immediate text or
even the entire chapters that indicate this or interprets it into
meaning the 10 commandments.
So let me make a point here.
There is NO Scripture from Jesus or any of His Apostles that interprets
“Keep My Commandments” to mean keep the 10 commandments. Man, and man
only interprets “Keep My Commandments” to mean keep the 10 commandments.
So then it is just that, an assumption, a guess that “Keep My (Jesus)
Commandments” is referring to the Old Testaments 10 Commandments which
the Lord told Moses to command the Israelites to keep. For, nowhere in
the New Testament does “keep My Commandments” interprets to mean “keep
the 10 commandments”
Is it not true that Scriptures interprets Scriptures? For it
This says, man should not interpret the Scriptures, what he privately
thinks it means, his own interpretations. It is the Holy Ghost which
reveals to man what is Truth, what is interpretation. A man who
interprets Scriptures comes from man. The Holy Ghost who reveals to man
the interpretation comes from God. (John
16:13, and Corinthians
Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of
any private interpretation.
God is to be the interpreter, not man!
This is what
Joseph said to the Butler and Baker of the Pharaoh, even though they
told Joseph their dreams, Joseph did not interpret them, if he were to
have, he would have been wrong. God told him what the dreams meant.
40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no
interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations
belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
Two years later Pharaoh has a dream, and says to Joseph “I heard you
can interpret dreams” Joseph responds “It is not in me, God shall give
Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Gen
So Joseph by
and through his own thinking, or learning, or knowledge did not come up
with the interpretation, it was God who told Joseph what the
interpretation of the dream was.
If then God is the one
to do the interpretations, and we know through the first Chapter of the
book of John, that the Word IS God, then it is the Word of God that
interprets the Scriptures, men should not.
So then, what are His Commandments?
John 5:2 By this we
know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His
commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments: and His (Jesus) commandments are not grievous.
Now man interprets the above verse to mean the 10 Commandment, even
though Scriptures does not interpret that to mean the 10 Commandments,
it is man that says “It means the 10 Commandments” Earlier in this
Article as a note I said:
John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Note: All verses that mention
“Keep My Commandments” are from Saint John, and Saint John will
interpret this statement for us”
Saint John plainly tells
us (being inspired by God” what “His Commandments” are. Man says “His
Commandments” are the 10 Commandments, what does Saint John, an Apostle
of Jesus Christ, inspired by God, indwelt with the Holy Ghost says “His
then according to the Word of God “His Commandments” is to believe on
His Son Jesus Christ AND to Love One Another as His Son Jesus commanded
us Christians to do.
John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive
of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are
pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is his commandment, (1)That we
should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, AND
(2) love one
another, as He (Jesus) gave us commandment. 24 And
he that keepeth His
commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He
abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.
Notice it does not say “And this is
His Commandment, that we keep the 10 Commandments” NO!!! The Fathers
Commandment is for us to believe on His Son and to Love One Another as
Jesus COMMANDED us to do.
Jesus Himself tells us what His commandments are:
then according to Scriptures “His Commandments” are to believe on His
Son Jesus Christ and to do what Jesus commands us Christians to do,
which is to “Love One Another.”
15:10 If ye keep My (Jesus) commandments, ye shall abide
in My love;
even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. 11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full. 12 This is My commandment, That ye
love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than
this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are My
friends, if ye do whatsoever I (Jesus) command you.
To ASSUME all the verses
that say “Keep His Commandments” are referring to the 10 Commandments
that God gave to the Israelite people, by the hand of Moses (Lev
is to believe a false doctrine. When none of the teachings of Jesus or
His Apostles teach that.
Again, Jesus Himself is quite clear what “His Commandments
We are to do all that Jesus tells us to do, not what Moses told the
Israelites to do. Tell me, After Jesus was crucified, buried, and
resurrected, was His instructions to His Disciples to go and teach all
nations to keep the 10 Commandments? No, listen to what our Lord told
15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Again we see, that
Christians are commanded to do whatsoever Jesus tells us to do, not
what Moses told the Israelites to do. And yes I fully understand that
it was the Lord who told Moses what to command the Israelites, but know
this, what the Lord commanded Moses to tell the Israelites was to the
Israelites, not to Christians who are neither Jew nor Greek, and is an
entirely different New Creature in Christ under a New Covenant not
under the old covenant.
28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.
We are Christians are to obey what Jesus commands us
Christians to do, Are we then to obey the Apostles as well?
This is clearly saying that, all that the Apostle
teach us to do, being inspired by the Holy Ghost, are indeed
commandments from Jesus Christ.
the day in which he was taken up, after that he through
the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had
Paul confirms this in:
Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing,
because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye
received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of
God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I
taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
So then we as Christians are to
do all that Jesus commands us to do AND also to do all that the
Apostles teach us to do NOT what the Lord told Moses to command the
Israelites to do.
14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him
acknowledge that the things that I (Paul) write unto you are the
commandments of the Lord.
So all the verses that say “Keep My
Commandments” are not referring to the 10 Commandments, which are the
words and teachings of men, but are indeed referring to what Jesus and
His Apostles commanded us to keep. True Christians are to keep and do
what THEY say, if they Love Jesus Christ.
Another verse that people use to teach others that we are to
obey parts of the Old Testament is:
Let us point out right now, that these verses in no way say that we are
to continue to obey the laws of the Old Testament (that belief, is a
misinterpretation of these verses) These verses plainly state that
Jesus did not come to destroy the Old Testament, but to fulfill them,
to complete them. A contract that is fulfilled means you are no longer
obligated to that contract, it is fulfilled.
5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, (Old
the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
He goes on
to say that the Old Testament will remain until it is completely
fulfilled, that is why verse 18 ends with “Till all be fulfilled”
Jesus did not completely fulfill the Old Testament yet, that is why we
still have it to this day. There are yet many things yet to be
fulfilled by Jesus, concerning the OT (Old Testament). Many OT
Scriptures speak of the last days, and what is to come during those
last days, and the second coming of Jesus Christ, also many Scriptures
concerning the coming evil kingdom that will try to reign over the
Until all prophesies in the Old Testament
are fulfilled by Jesus, we will continue to have the OT present with
us, as verse 18 indicates we will have the OT TILL all of it is
These verses do not say or teach that we are
to continue to obey the laws, statutes, and ordinances of the OT. Man
says it does, but God Word does not say it. Jesus fulfilled the OT
laws, statutes, and ordinances and nailed them to the cross. Prophesies
concerning Him, are still yet to come, and therefore the OT will remain
until all prophesies be fulfilled.
Again, I would like to
restate what I said earlier, There are NO New Testament teaching that
teaches us Christians to keep any part of the OT laws, which Jesus
fulfilled with His death, burial, and resurrection.
remainder of this Article will discuss many Scriptures which are clear,
that we do not have to obey any part of the OT.
First lets point out something, what is the law?
26:46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD
made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand
10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three
So the law was given by Moses, even the 10 Commandments were considered
the laws of Moses, because it was Moses who gave them the 10
Commandments, even though God wrote them Himself.
1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
They say unto Him, (Jesus) Why did Moses then command to
give a writing
of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses
because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your
wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
verses that refer to the law as being from Moses or by Moses are Joshua
13:39, and Acts
- John 5: 46 For had
ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. 47
But if ye believe not his writings, (notice even Jesus
them Moses writings) how
shall ye believe My words?
So we see that when the New Testament talks about
the law it is referring to the laws of Moses, which makes since if you
think about it, when the Apostles were writing these epistles (letters)
there was only one law that was around at the time and that was the law
of Moses (which included the 10 Commandments) So when the Apostles
referred to the law it was to the OT that they were referring too.
(This is evident in some New Testament Scriptures such as Mat
So then before Jesus came and even while He lived, before He was
crucified, buried, and resurrected, there was only one law, the law of
Moses, which they all tried to live by. Even Jesus Christ, while in the
flesh lived by the laws of Moses under the Old Covenant, else there
would have been sin found in Him, He obeyed all the customs, statutes,
ordinances, and laws of Moses. An example is, He was circumcised on the
eighth day of His birth according to the laws of Moses which is the Old
But after the death, burial, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ there came a change in the law (Heb
came to those prior to Jesus Christ by obedience to the laws of Moses.
But now righteousness comes by Faith in Jesus Christ and not
by the obedience of the OT.
6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the
LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as
it is at this day. 25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe
to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath
So then righteousness does not
come by obeying any part of the OT, but by the Faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul teaches this in many books of the Bible that he wrote (epistles).
Therefore after Christ was resurrected there was a need for a change in
the law, not a modification, or an altering of the existing law, but a
change, as it is written:
10:4 For Christ is the end of the law (what law? The only
law around at
that time was the laws of Moses) for righteousness to every
believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the
law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
BUT the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this
wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that
to bring Christ down from above:) …. 7 … 8 … 9 … 10
For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation.
According to Heb
Jesus Christ is our High
Priest. Now that we have a new High Priest, there is a need of a change
of the law.
7:11 If therefore perfection
were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the
people received the
law,) what further
need was there that another priest should rise after
the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a
change also of the law.
Being that Jesus Christ is our new High Priest we are no
longer under the laws of Moses, we are no longer under the law.
We are no longer under the law, what law is that? Well the only law
that was around at the time Paul wrote this was the laws of Moses.
6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the
law, but under grace.
Now before Jesus came we were kept under the law of Moses to be
obedient to them, but once Christ came and was resurrected, Faith and
Grace came to us, not by obedience to the OT, but by Jesus Christ.
I have shown earlier in this Article that
the law is the OT, notice in verse 24 above it says “THE LAW WAS OUR
SCHOOLMASTER” In other words the Old Testament WAS (past
schoolmaster, notice also that in verse 25 AFTER Faith came by Jesus
Christ we are no longer under a schoolmaster, which is to say, we are
no longer under the OT.
3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise
by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But
before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith
which should afterwards be revealed. (New Testament) 24 Wherefore the
law was (WAS, past tense) our schoolmaster to bring us
that we might be justified by faith. (not by obeying the
OT) 25 But
after that faith is come, (Jesus Christ) we are no longer
Again Scriptures teach we are not obligated to follow any of
the OT. To obey them, its laws, statutes, or ordinances.
Speaking of Ordinances, God told the Israelites in the OT to
do them, consider:
Since God said this to the Israelites, does that mean we
Christians should keep all His Statutes and ordinances as well?
11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and
do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Jesus having abolished in His flesh the enmity even the law
of commandments contained in ordinances.
2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between us; 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;
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
3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law (OT)
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the
world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to
ordinances, 21 (Touch
not; taste not; handle not; (keep the Sabbath;
Tithe 10% only)
We are justified, not by obeying the OT, we are justified by
forgiveness of sin by Jesus Christ.
13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men
and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the
forgiveness of sins: 39 And by him all that believe are justified from
ALL things, (Liberty) from which ye could not be
justified by the law
Think you are justified and righteous because you obey the 10
Commandments, you have fallen away from Grace. Anyone who tries to
justify themselves by obeying the law (10 Commandments, statutes,
ordinances) has left being justified by the Grace of Christ.
5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
… 2 … 3 … 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you,
whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
You see, even in the early Church age, man claimed to be believers in
Jesus, yet they continually thought they needed to keep the laws of
Moses as well. By saying a person has to keep any part of the OT is
indeed teaching works of the law, consider:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
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: (OT) for
by the works of the law shall no flesh be
So then keeping parts of the Old Testament are
indeed works of the law. Scriptures teach us that Christians are not
under the law, but have liberty, we believe in Faith in Jesus Christ,
which Saves us by Grace. To say or teach that we should still obey any
part of the Old Testament is teaching us to have works of the law,
thereby falling from Grace that Saves us.
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
(OT) to do them.
(if you teach a person they must keep any part of the
Old Testament, then you must teach them that they must obey ALL of it,
because of this curse) 11
But that no man is justified by the law (OT)
God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
(NOT by obeying any part of the Old Testament) … 12 … 13 Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, (OT) being made a curse
for us: … 14 … that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through
A good example of early believers wanting to keep parts of
the laws of the Old Testament is:
have the same problem even today, Believers saying we should keep parts
of the OT writings. At this point it would be best for you to read the
entire Chapter of Acts 15, then continue.
15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which
believed, (Christians, they believed in Jesus) saying, That it was
needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of
Moses. (the 10 Commandments, statutes, and ordinances)
therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke (burden) upon the neck of the
disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Can God get any plainer then this? In His inspired by God Scriptures,
the Apostle James inspired by the Holy Ghost CLEARLY tells us, that the
Apostles NEVER commanded us to keep the laws of the Old Testament. So
if Jesus never said “Keep the 10 Commandments” nor any Apostle ever
said “Keep the 10 Commandments” why do people today teach “Keep the 10
Commandments”? Now I can understand, if Jews of today teach that,
because they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, and even today have
the veil of the Old Testament over them to obey them. But the Apostles
NEVER commanded us to keep them.
15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us
have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be
circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
So then people who say
and teach others that they must keep parts of the OT are indeed
troubling the people subverting their souls, because, of a truth, Jesus
nor any Disciple, nor any Apostle, EVER commanded us Christians to
continue to obey any part of the OT, from whence then comes this
teaching? This other doctrine, a doctrine that Jesus nor any Apostle
ever taught? Not from God!
The veil is the keeping of the OT and to this day the Jews still keep
the OT, they still have the veil on, now even they can turn to Jesus
Christ and keep His (Jesus) commandments, not that of Moses, then that
veil shall be taken away from them.
Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made
us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter,
(of the Old
Testament) but of
the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit
giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven
in stones, (Were not the 10 Commandments written and
engraven in stone?
This Scripture refers to the 10 Commandments as the ministration of
death, see also Rom 7:10) was
glorious, so that the children of Israel
could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his
countenance; which glory was to be done away: (What is to
be done away
with? The Glory of that which was written and engraven in stones = The
10 Commandments) 8
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be
rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation
glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in
glory. 10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this
respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that which is
done away (OT) was
glorious, much more that which remaineth is
glorious. (New Covenant under Jesus Christ our High
Priest) 12 …. 13 …
14 But their (the Jews) minds were blinded: for until
remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old
testament; (the veil is the OT, except to this day the
Jews still live
by it) which veil (OT)
Christ. 15 But even unto this
day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless
when it shall turn to the Lord, (Jesus Christ) the veil shall be taken
away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is liberty. (Liberty, not bondage to keep the OT)
Up to this point in
this Article we have discussed many different Scriptures, but we have
yet to discuss the most convincing of Scriptures that teach us that we
are not obligated to obey any part of the OT laws, statutes, or
ordinances and that is the Scriptures that teach about the two
That there are two different Covenants read:
4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the
one from the mount Sinai, (Moses law, the 10 Commandments
from Mount Sinai) which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Which
according to Gal
above, that bondage is the Covenant from Mount
3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was
added because of transgressions, till the seed (Jesus) should come to
whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of
9:15 And for this cause He (Jesus) is the
mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the
redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament,
(the Old Testament)
they which are called might receive the
promise of eternal inheritance.
So we clearly see, there are two
Covenants, the Old Covenant or the Old Testament and the New Covenant
under Jesus Christ, which is the New Testament.
10:9 Then said he, Lo, I
come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may
establish the second. (God takes away the first Covenant,
so He can
establish the second)
First and foremost, according to the inspired by God
Scriptures, what is the covenant that Jesus took away?
Therefore, according to the Scriptures we
just read and Scriptures can’t be broken (John 7:23 and 10:35) the
first Covenant made from Mount Sinai was the 10 Commandments. Again the
last part of verse 28 ... AND HE WROTE UPON THE TABLES THE WORDS OF THE
COVENANT, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
34:27 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after
the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee
with Israel. 28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty
nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon
the (stone Ex 34:4) tables THE WORDS OF THE
COVENANT, THE TEN
This is extremely
important to grasp and understand, that the 10 Commandments was the
first covenant from Mount Sinai, that God and Israel agreed too.
Israel agreed to obey them and God agreed that if they would obey them,
He would give them all the promises that He promised their fathers.
Therefore do not lose sight of the FACT in the following verses yet to
come in this Article, that the first Covenant or the “old” covenant is
referring to the 10 Commandments, being they are the words of the
Covenant according to the Word of God in Exodus
Why was there a need for a new Covenant? A new agreement? A
Israelites were expected to keep ALL of the statutes, Ordinances, LAW,
and the Commandments for EVERMORE (II
King 17:37) However we know they
did not keep them for EVERMORE. Therefore is the reason Jesus started a
New Covenant with New Statutes, ordinances, laws, and Commandments,
which all can be obtained by LOVING ONE ANOTHER.
Jeremiah clearly prophesied that there would one
day be a New Covenant, because Israel would brake the old one, they
would not keep the agreement that they made with God to keep the 10
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according
to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took
them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my
covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the
Jesus Himself said it also is His parable
about the wicked husbandmen that beat and sent away empty the servants
trying to collect the fruits of the vineyard, and these wicked
husbandmen also killed the Son. Jesus said:
parable signifies that the Jews originally had the vineyard (Covenant),
but it was the Jews that killed the prophets and also killed the Son,
therefore because of this, Jesus brings a New Covenant giving the
promises of God, and the inheritance to all those who believe in Jesus.
12:9 What shall
therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the
husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
Paul demonstrates this same thing by comparing a woman who is bound by
the law to her husband, but if the husband is dead she is free to marry
Do you see what Paul is saying here? Even
though they were bound by the Old Testament law to obey all of them,
because of Jesus the law died, if then the law is dead (not dead, as in
it is no longer needed, only dead to the fact we no longer have to obey
it) If then the law is dead they are free to abide by another Covenant
even that of Jesus Christ.
7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I
speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath
dominion over a
man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is
bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the
husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then
if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall
be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from
that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to
another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the
law (OT) by
the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth
fruit unto God.
7:18 For there is verily a
disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and
unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the
bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21
those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him
that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22 By so much was
Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
10:16 This is
the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I
write them; (Jesus laws are those that Jesus commands us
do, and also what His Apostle commands us to do, Act 1:2)
Now the most convincing verses that teaches us that we are no longer
obligated to obey the Old Covenant are the verses that plainly says so.
12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood
of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
8:6 But now hath He (Jesus) obtained
a more excellent ministry, by how
much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, (New
established upon better promises. (Salvation by Faith) 7 For
if that first covenant (Exodus 34:28 … and he wrote upon
the tables the
words of the covenant, the ten commandments) had been faultless, then
should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault
with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will
make a new covenant (New Testament) with the house of Israel and
the house of Judah: 9 … 10 … 11 … 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
(Covenant) old. Now
that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to
And the OT will indeed pass away when all of the prophesies
in it shall be fulfilled as Jesus said in:
9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also
ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was
a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the
table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after
the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4
Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round
about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s
rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; (the Ten
Once all is fulfilled, the OT will indeed pass away as Scriptures says
they will. Please do not misunderstand me or this Article, I am in no
way putting down or destroying the OT or the Ten Commandments. I
believe the OT is invaluable to our knowledge of God. A very accurate
account of History, very inspirational to almost every situation, it is
comforting, and exhorting, wisdom, knowledge, shows the Character of
God, pleases my heart to read it, and its testimonies can help a person
in everyday life. I am only stating in this Article that we as
Christians are no longer obligated to obey any of the laws, statutes,
or ordinances that Moses gave to the Israelite people to live by under
the Old Covenant. But I don’t state this myself, it is what Jesus and
His Apostles taught as well.
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or
one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
The problem with this false
doctrine for example is, there are people who go around and teach that
you MUST give 10% tithe to the Church or you are robbing God. They use
the OT verse Malachi
to command us Christians to give 10% tithe
to the Church. Failing miserably to inform Christians that the entire
Chapter is written to the Israelite people, not for, or too Christians.
Tell me, where does Jesus says 10% tithe? He doesn’t! Then where does
His Disciples instruct us Christians to give 10% of our income to the
Church? They don’t say any such thing! What about the Apostle Paul,
does he say anywhere to give 10% tithe to the Church? NO!
So how is it people today are teaching that a person MUST give 10%
tithe to the Church when Jesus, nor any Disciple, nor any Apostle ever
gave us such a commandment?
It is because they are
believing in a lie that we, as Christians, are still bound to some of
the laws, statutes, and ordinances of the OT. Making liberty void, and
Now the New Testament teaches us to give as well, However it
does not teach 10%, it says:
So then should I obey man which teaches that we
must give 10% tithe ( which then makes the giving a Necessity), because
that is what the Israelites were commanded to give the tribe of Levi
for the Temple upkeep, because they had no inheritance, or believe the
Apostle Paul, which teaches to give as we purpose in our hearts and not
a set low amount of 10%?
Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap
also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
Remember the poor widow who cast into the treasury 2 mites,
it was not 10% of what she had, it was all that she had, 100%
And many other such things people try to keep today which Jesus nor the
Apostles taught us. It is enough that we obey all that Jesus and His
Apostle tell us to obey, then to also obey what Moses says as well.
So then we are to obey all that the New Testament tells us to do, being
that we are now under a New Covenant with Jesus Christ.
What then of the 10 Commandments you may ask? Well here is the Truth,
we do not have to obey any part of the Old Testament and the Ten
Commandments are a part of the OT which is under the Old Covenant.
However did you know that most of the 10 Commandments are mentioned in
the New Testament, being that they are mentioned, for us to do in the
New Testament, it is what Jesus wants us to follow.
then the New Testament says thou shalt not kill, we are not to kill,
because the New Testament tells us not to kill which testament
(Covenant) we are now under, being Christians.
The following verses in the New Testament instruct us
Christians to do them:
John 5:21, Acts
Being that all these can be found in the New Testament, which Testament
we are obligated to follow and obey, we should do them. If you noticed
though the fourth Commandment is not restated in the New Testament for
us to continue to keep, that is to keep the Sabbath Holy to the Lord.
For of a Truth. Jesus, nor any Disciple, nor any Apostle ever
instructed us to continue to keep the Sabbath Day Holy to the Lord,
which was a commandment given to the Israelites to keep forever, yet
they broke that Covenant with God by not obeying Him. Hence the reason
we have a New Covenant under Jesus Christ. For more information about
Sabbath Keeping, read my Article on that topic.
can keep all the Ten Commandments perfectly and still not enter into
the Kingdom of Heaven. I can keep all 10 perfectly and still hate my
brother. I can keep all 10 perfectly and not love my neighbor. I can
keep all 10 perfectly and hate my enemies. I can keep all 10 perfectly
and not help the needy, feed the poor, clothe the naked, or give to
those who ask of me.
The Old Covenant was about keeping
the law, obedience to all that they were instructed to do, to be
obedient. The New Covenant is all about Loving One Another. If you
steal something, you do not commit sin because there is a law that
says, thou shalt not steal, you commit sin because you failed to love
the person you stole from.
My hope is that this Article
has, by opening up the Scriptures unto you, has revealed to you the
Truth concerning this subject which God told me, therefore take no
credit for it, but give it to God, who gave this knowledge to me.
Let us not dispute with God, and just believe what the Word of God
says. If the Word says it, believe it. Moses himself instructed us to
hearken to Jesus.
How is it, I already
know many will not believe this Article, nor a great percentage of the
articles on this website, because people would rather change what
Scriptures says to fit
their own beliefs, then to change their beliefs to fit with what
18:15 The LORD thy God will raise
up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like
unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Believe what Scriptures plainly teach
AND NOT what men interpret them to mean. What Scriptures plainly teach,
is a Truth from God. Men’s opinions, assumptions, and their
interpretations are all subject to error, corruption,
misinterpretation, and the sway of satan.
Again believe what Scriptures say and teach and question all
interpretations from men (myself included)
Also, as I have said in other Articles, I will say in this
one as well: