Obey the Old Testament?


   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 then suppose to obey the Old Covenant and the New Covenant as well?

  Now as you all know i am very big on the teachings of Christ and Christ's Disciples and Apostles. Therefore do not care much for the belief or thinking of men. but believe what the Words of God teaches, and not what men teach. Therefore i will show relevant verses in the New Testament, that teaches us that we are no longer to obey the Old Testament, and that we are no longer under the Covenant of the Old Testament.

  Let us start with this verse:

  • Jn:14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.

  Note: If then we love Christ, we are to keep His commandments, it does not say anything about keeping the Old Testament laws also. For Christ could have very easily have said if you love me keep My commandments and the Torah (Torah was the Old Testament). Matters of fact, there is not one verse in the New Testament that states we are to keep the Old Testament laws and statutes. This would seem strange that if Jesus and His Disciples knew that we are to keep the Old Testament laws, or for that matter even some of them, that they would have clearly taught us too. But the fact is this, NOWHERE in the New Testament, does it teach or even imply that we are to obey any law in the Old Testament. If then the New Testament does not teach this, where is this teaching coming from, that says we are to keep some of the laws in the Old Testament? For Christ did not teach this, nor did the Disciples teach this, nor the apostles teach this, Therefore whence does this teaching come from? Again, i believe full heartedly the teachings of Christ and His Disciples and Apostles, and do not rely on the thinking of humans. Therefore if the New Testament does not teach us to obey some of the laws in the Old Testament, i will do as the New Testament teaches and not as humans teach.

  It is quite clear how one is to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that is not through nor by the Old Testament. Jesus clearly says :

  • Mt:7:24: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

  Once again it is a wise man to hearken and hear the sayings of Christ, no mention whatsoever that we are to also hear and hearken unto some of the laws in the Old Testament, But clearly the New Testament teaches us that we are to obey Christ, and His teachings, does not say we are also to obey the teachings of Moses and the Torah (OT) Why did Jesus and the Disciples and the Apostles all forget to mention that we are still to obey some of the laws in the Old Testament? Maybe because they taught that we did not have to any more, for we are not under the laws of the Old Testament, but are now under a new covenant, for Christ has fulfilled the old covenant. 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 Jesus did want us to continue to obey they were clearly expressed again in the New Testament, such as the 10 commandments were expressed again in the New Testament, this then is clearly what we should obey, not because it was a law in the Old Testament, but that Christ said in the New Testament that we should do it. Therefore it would have been in Christs best interest to mention all those things which were in the Old Testament that He desired us to still follow. What then? Did Jesus forget to mention some of the laws that we are still to obey? God Forbid, He did not forget, but clearly expressed in the New Testament the laws that He still wanted us to follow in the New Covenant.

  • Gal:322: But the scripture (OT) 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 (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 that the Old Testament was our schoolmaster) that we might be justified by faith. 25: But after that faith is come (Christ's teachings), we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (No Longer under the Old Testament) 26: For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

  So then this Scripture also teaches we are no longer to obey the Old Testament laws, but through Faith believe on the teachings of Christ.

  • Lk:24:44: And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

  This is why He said " it is Finished " 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, and 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 Moses, but one of Christ.

  • Jn:1:17: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

  Again yet another verse that says the law is the Old Testament that was by and through Moses. But we are now under a New Covenant with Christ, not under the laws of the Old Testament and the teachings of Moses, but under the New Covenant and the teachings of Christ.

  • Acts 13: 39: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

  This verse clearly says that they could not be justified by the law of Moses, that is to say by merely obeying the laws of Moses did not justify them, Only through the belief in Christ is one justified and not through the keeping of some laws of Moses.

  In the next verses, is a case where people were trying to teach that they should keep the laws of Moses and be circumsized.

  • Acts 15: 1: And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner 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, evidently they 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 about this question. (This being a very important Question not only about the act of circumcision but should we obey the laws of Moses) 3: And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. 4: And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 5: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. (Notice, that they were trying to teach that they must keep some of the laws of Moses, circumcision being one of them, not to mention they were teaching also to keep the laws of Moses. Here is verse 5 again) 5: But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed (notice these believed, they were the few who believed the teachings of Christ, for it states " which believed "), saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6: And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. (very important matter whether we should obey the laws of Moses or not) 7: And when there had been much disputing (arguing) , Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9: And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (This is a very important thing Peter just said Here is verse 10 again) 10: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  (Now the whole conversation here in this meeting is about whether we should obey Moses law and become circumcised because Moses law says we should be. But Peter says " Why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? " In other words Peter just said Why are you trying to have us subject to the laws of Moses all over again, when our Fathers nor we are able to do them. Yet another verse that says the Old Testament was done so that we would fail and need Christ to save us, because the Old Testament laws condemn us and lets us know that we can't do them, that we are lost and in need of a Savior, which is Jesus Christ. So then Peter says ") 11: But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. (note says nothing about keeping the the laws of Moses. but the mere belief in Christ and His teaching is enough to Save us, and not the keeping of any of Moses laws)
  • Acts 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:

  This is cut an dry verse that clearly says that the Disciples never gave any such commandments to keep the laws of Moses nor to be circumcised as the Laws of Moses say one MUST do.

  • Rom:3:19: Now 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, not those who are Christian, because Christians are not under the law, as Scriptures 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 need 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 knowledge of sin. (Therefore by obeying the laws of the Old Testament there shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the Old Testament is sin known) 21: But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested (But now the Righteousness of God without the Old Testament laws is made known to us), being witnessed by the law (of the Old Testament) and the prophets; 22: Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

  So then following the laws of Moses is not for us Christians to do, but only for those who still choose to live in the laws of Moses ie the Jews of today, for they do not believe Jesus Christ was the messiah. So now we as Christians are no longer obligated to obey the laws of Moses, but believing in Christ and His teachings brings Salvation, and not by the Old Testament.

  • Romans 3:28: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

  Man is justified not by obeying the laws of the Old Testament, but by belief in Christ and His teachings, This is the only way a person is justified and that is by the keeping of the Teachings of Christ which can be found in the New Testament.

  • Romans 7: 4: 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)

  Read Romans Chapter 7, This whole chapter is talking about the Old Testament How it condemned man, how through the Old Testament man was lost, and could not have Salvation, That is why we need Christ.

  • Romans 10 : 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)
  • Gal:2:16: 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 not 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 no flesh be justified)
  • Gal 2: 21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (If Righteousness came by the obeying of the Old Testament, then there is no need for Christ and is dead in vain. Therefore Righteousness does not come from obeying the Old Testament and its laws and statutes, but Righteousness comes from Christ and His teachings, which are found in the New Testament.)
  • Gal:3:11: But 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 by faith in Christ and His teachings, not the teachings of Moses)
  • Gal:6:2: Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Law of Christ is not the laws of Moses)
  • Eph: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; (yet another verse that states Christ has abolished the law of commandments and statutes of the Old Testament)
  • Hebrews 7: 14: For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15: And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16: Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment (Old Testament teachings) , but after the power of an endless life. (Teachings of Christ) 17: For he testifieth, Thou art 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 gave you 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 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. (Better testament, then the Old Testament)
  • 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.
  • Heb:8:7: For if that first covenant had been faultless (If the Old testament would have been without any faults, perfect) , then should no place have been sought for the second. (Therefore because there was a second convenant, the first had fault)
  • Heb:8:8: For 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 house of Israel and with the house of Judah: (New Testament is the New Covenant)
  • Heb:8:10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

  You see, its not about obeying the laws of Moses because they are laws, it is all about the heart issue, love, not that we have to obey some or parts of the Old Testament, as if we are still bound by the laws of Moses, but we are under a new Covenant through Christ, and His teachings are in our hearts, not on paper. We are no longer under the laws of the Old Testament to do them, therefore we will not be judged according to what laws we do or do not do, but we will be judged by what is in our hearts, whether of love or something else. How can i explain this better? For example

  Dave doesn't steal because it is written in the Bible < Do not steal >

  Cindy doesn't steal because she does not want to hurt the one that she is stealing from.

  Which of the two has the law " Thou shalt not steal " written upon their heart? Granted they both obeyed the law by not stealing, yet Dave obeyed because it is law, therefore still under the law. Cindy however obeyed because she loves and not because it is a law, she is no longer under the law, for this particular law is written upon her heart. So then it is not about what laws we do or do not do, but is all about the love that we have in our hearts one to another and not doing the laws of the old Testament, not even some of them. The old Testament is just that OLD, and the New Testament is just that NEW, and as the Bible teaches concerning the OLD man and the New Man, that the New man no longer does the things of the OLD man, can be applied in a like manner to this topic that we are discussing. That we are no longer obligated to do the things of the Old Testament, but are of the New Testament, being that we are no longer under the Old Covenant, but a New Covenant through Christ.

  How can we, which are under the New Covenant with Christ desire to live through and by the Old Covenant with Moses/Abraham, when we have such a better way with Christ and His Teachings? Therefore let us obey the teachings of Christ and let the Jews continue to believe and teach the laws of Moses, which they still do to this day.

  Obeying any part of the Old Testament to receive Salvation 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.

  Why 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:
  • John 14:15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments.
  • John 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.
  • I 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.
  • Revelations 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 city.
  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.

  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 is written:
  • II Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
  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 14:26, John 16:13, and Corinthians 2:13)

  God is to be the interpreter, not man!
  • Genesis 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.
  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.

  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 41:15-16 )

  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.
  • I 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.
  So then, what are His Commandments?
  • I 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.
  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:

  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 Commandments” are.
  • I 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.
  So 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.

  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:
  • John 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.
  So 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.”

  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 26:46 ) 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 are” are
  • John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
  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 them.
  • Matthew 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.
  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.

  We are Christians are to obey what Jesus commands us Christians to do, Are we then to obey the Apostles as well?
  • (KJV) Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
  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.

  Paul confirms this in:
  • I 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.
  • Galations 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.
  • I Corinthians 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 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.

  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:
  • Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, (Old Testament) or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (complete) 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.
  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.

  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 entire world.

  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 fulfilled.

  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.

  The 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?
  • Lev 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 of Moses.
  • Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
  • John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
  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.
  • Matthew 19:7 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.
  • 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 Himself calls them Moses writings) how shall ye believe My words?
  Other verses that refer to the law as being from Moses or by Moses are Joshua 8:32, Ezra 7:6, John 7:23, Acts 13:39, and Acts 28:23, II Kings 18:12, 21:8

  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 12:5 , 22:40 , 23:23 , Luke 10:26 , 16:16 , John 7:19, 23, 8:27, 12:34)

  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 Testament.

  But after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ there came a change in the law (Heb 7:12) Righteousness came to those prior to Jesus Christ by obedience to the laws of Moses.
  • Dueteronomy 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 commanded us.
  But now righteousness comes by Faith in Jesus Christ and not by the obedience of the OT.
  • Romans 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 one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (obedience) 6 BUT the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, 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.
  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:
  • Hebrews 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.
  According to Heb 2:17, 3:1, 4:14-15, 5:5-6, 10-11, 6:20 and Heb 9:11 Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Now that we have a new High Priest, there is a need of a change 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.
  • Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
  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.

  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.
  • Galations 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 unto Christ, 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 under a schoolmaster.
  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 tense) our 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.

  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:
  • Ezekiel 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.
  Since God said this to the Israelites, does that mean we Christians should keep all His Statutes and ordinances as well?
  • Ephesians 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;
  Jesus having abolished in His flesh the enmity even the law of commandments contained in ordinances.
  • 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;
  • Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law (OT) is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
  • Colossians 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)
  • Acts 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 of Moses.
  We are justified, not by obeying the OT, we are justified by forgiveness of sin by Jesus Christ.
  • Galations 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (OT read Gal 4:22-24 … 2 … 3 … 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
  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.

  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:
  • Galations 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, (OT) 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: (OT) for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
  • Galations 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) in the sight of 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 faith.
  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.

  A good example of early believers wanting to keep parts of the laws of the Old Testament is:
  • Acts 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)
  We 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.
  • Acts 15:10 Now 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?
  • Acts 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:
  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.

  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!
  • II 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 (OT) be 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 this day 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) is done away in 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)
  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.

  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 different Covenants.

  That there are two different Covenants read:
  • Galations 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, (Moses law, the 10 Commandments also came from Mount Sinai) which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
  • Galations 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 4:24 above, that bondage is the Covenant from Mount Sinai)
  • Galations 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 a mediator.
  • Hebrews 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.
  • Hebrews 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)
  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.

  First and foremost, according to the inspired by God Scriptures, what is the covenant that Jesus took away?
  • Exodus 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 (Moses) and 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 COMMANDMENTS.
  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.

  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 34:28

  Why was there a need for a new Covenant? A new agreement? A New Testament?

  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 31:31 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 LORD:
  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 Commandments.

  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:
  • Mark 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.
  This 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.

  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 another, consider:
  • Romans 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.
  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.
  • Hebrews 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 (For 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.
  • Hebrews 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 Christians to do, and also what His Apostle commands us to do, Act 1:2)
  • Hebrews 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.
  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.
  • Hebrews 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 Testament) which was 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 with 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 vanish away.
  • Hebrews 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 Commandments)
  And the OT will indeed pass away when all of the prophesies in it shall be fulfilled as Jesus said in:
  • Matthew 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.
  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.

  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 3:8-10 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 Grace obsolete.

  Now the New Testament teaches us to give as well, However it does not teach 10%, it says:
  • II 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 giver.
  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%?

  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.

  IF 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:

1st Matthew 4:10

2nd I John 5:21, Acts 17:29

5th Matthew 19:19

6th Romans 13:9

7th Matthew 19:18

8th Romans 13:9

9th Romans 13:9

10th Ephesians 5:5

  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.

  A person 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.
  • Deuteronomy 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;
  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 Scriptures says.

  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:

In His Holy and Precious Name, Jesus Christ