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God’s Word is divided into two Testimonies. One Testimony under the Law, the Old Testament, and the other Testimony is under Grace and Truth, or the New Testament.

Both Testaments are valid today to give the church Doctrine, Reproof, Correction and Instruction in Righteousness.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy 3:16-17).

God’s Law is divided into two parts: the Moral Law and the Ceremonial Law.

A. The Moral Law of God

The Law of the LORD is perfect, right, pure, clean, true, precious and sweet.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb (Psalm 19:7-10).

God’s moral laws never change. His moral laws remain in effect and are given by God to cause His people to live victorious, wholesome, and prosperous lives both naturally and spiritually. God’s moral laws are pure, holy and righteous as they are a reflection of His very Nature and Character. His moral laws are given as a guide to help man live in a harmonious relationship with God and with each other. 

Without God’s moral laws, mankind’s spiritual life, and natural life, and society in general, lie in chaos and ruin. God’s moral laws are not legalistic “dos and don’ts,” but moral fences given to protect man so that he can walk in freedom. His law is the perfect law of liberty.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain   (James 1:22-26).

The laws of the land are not given to cause society to live in bondage, but rather that mankind may live in freedom. So also are God’s moral laws given to His creation so that man may live in freedom, blessing, prosperity, life, peace and so much more.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them” (Deuteronomy 28:1-13)

The blessings promised by living within the fence of God’s moral laws are innumerable.

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 (Hebrews 10:16).

God’s ultimate goal with His people, both natural as well as spiritual Israel, is to establish His Laws in their hearts and minds. God is a God of Law. He created the laws of nature.  He works and governs by His Own Laws.  And He causes the natural and spiritual worlds to function and “orbit” according to His Laws. Without His governing Laws nothing could, or would, exist.

Obedience to the Laws of God does not, however, save, redeem or purchase merit and favor with God, and is not to be confused with believing in and accepting God’s atoning gift of Salvation through the Redemptive Work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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

However, choosing to live within the fence of God’s Moral Laws and Commands is indeed an expression of our love for God.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (I John 5:3).

God’s Moral Laws are not to be confused with the ceremonial laws of ordinances, sacrifices, feasts, observing times and seasons, and the many outward, physical ceremonial requirements that God commanded under the old order. Those ceremonial laws were grievous and burdensome and could not make the “doer” whole and complete.

God’s Moral Laws are neither burdensome nor grievous, but liberating and life- giving.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

The Moral Law of God has not changed between the Old and the New Testaments. But it is a truth that no man can keep the Law on his own or by his own power. It is impossible for man to keep the Law perfectly.  Jesus Christ came to this earth and kept the Law perfectly because He fulfilled the Law, every jot and tittle.  Therefore, we as New Covenant Believers can keep the Law. However, it is not us keeping the Law on our own, or by our own strength or merit. Rather it is Jesus Christ living through our hearts the life we could never live on our own. The Lawgiver becomes the Law-liver through our lives.

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 (Hebrews 10:16).

B. The Ceremonial Law of God

The Old Covenant Law was not given by God as a means of salvation, but rather as the path that led God’s people to realize their need for a Savior. It was the pathway to the Savior.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:24-26).

The ceremonial Old Testament covenant could not redeem, nor cleanse the heart of man. It was weak and could only be applied by obedience to “outward” ordinances.

Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation (Hebrews 9:9-10).

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:3-4).

Jesus came not only to fulfill the law but also to redeem us from the curse or judgment of the law. Through His fulfillment and redemption He works the righteousness of the Law in the heart of the believer who by faith accepts the work He has already done.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13).

Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17).

The Law was a shadow of heavenly things.

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle…” (Hebrews 8:5).

The Law was a type or picture of Jesus Christ.

“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience” (Hebrews 9:8-9).

Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law in every aspect. He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).

Everything in the Law, without exception, was a detailed prophetic voice of the Son of God. The Tabernacle of Moses was the center focal point around which the whole Law of Moses evolved. It was the hub of the wheel, as it were. Every minute detail from the pieces of furniture, to the coverings and curtains all the way down to the very pins driven into the ground that held the cords, that supported the pillars holding the curtains, were all prophetic pictures of Jesus and what He came to fulfill.

All of the sacrifices were pictures of Jesus

“But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”  (I Peter 1:19).

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

All of the furniture in the Mosaic Tabernacle were pictures of Jesus.

“For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.  And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 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; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly” (Hebrews 9:2-5).

“Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience” (Hebrews 9:9).

The Tabernacle itself was a picture of Jesus.

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:3).

The High Priest was a picture of Jesus.

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building” (Hebrews 9:11)

The seven Feast days were a picture of Jesus.

“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (I Corinthians 5:7-8).

The year of Jubilee was a picture of Jesus.

“To preach the acceptable (Jubilee) year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:19-21).

The cities of Refuge were a picture of Jesus.

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction…” (Jeremiah 16:19)

Jesus taught about Himself from the Law of Moses.

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself (Luke 24:27).

Jesus told the Jewish people that Moses wrote about Him in the Law.

“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:46-47).

The Apostle Paul taught the Roman believers about Jesus from the Law and the Prophets.

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening (Acts 28:23).

The Apostle Paul testified to King Agrippa about Jesus from the Law.

Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come (Acts 26:22).

The Law and Prophets both prophesied about Jesus.

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John (Matthew 11:13).

The Law and Prophets therefore were a prophetic voice concerning Jesus Who then came and fulfilled the prophecy that the righteousness of the Law would be worked in the life of the believer who embraces and accepts, by faith, the work of Jesus.  This is called the New Covenant, or the New Testament. The Old Covenant was swallowed up in the new and without the old there is no new.

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Philippians 3:9).

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-24).

The Law cannot justify man.

“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. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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” (Romans 3:20-22).

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

Man is not justified by the Law but by faith.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, 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: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Galatians 2:16).

Jesus nailed the Law to the cross.

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 (Colossians 2:14).

We didn’t have the power to keep the Law, so Jesus came to fulfill the Law and He nailed the entire ceremonial Law to the cross of Calvary.  On the cross, the veil of the temple was rent to and fro, and up and down, signifying the end of the Jewish Ceremonial Law and the beginning of the New Covenant, where Jesus would now come and live in the hearts of the believers and write His Law in their hearts and minds.

Law gives man the awareness of sin.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).

The Law cannot produce righteousness.

“But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone” (Romans 9:31-32).

The Law made nothing perfect.

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God (Hebrews 7:19).

The Ceremonial Law cannot save, redeem, purge, set free, liberate or perfect those who practice it. It was not given for that purpose. God gave His people the Law to bring to them the awareness of sin and the awareness of their inability to be saved without a Savior. The Law with all of its ceremonies and ordinances was pointing God’s people to one thing, and one thing only: Jesus, the Redeemer. He is the only One Who could possibly fulfill the Law. The Law of the Old Covenant was about Him!

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth (Romans 10:4).