A Better Law
Sometimes you hear people say, “Do you believe in the whole Bible or just the New Testament?” The Bible’s answer to that question is in Romans 15:4 which says “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
The Old Testament today is to be used for our learning and understanding of God. We see the principle of one’s needed obedience to God in the story of Noah. We see the principle of disobedience means punishment from God in the story of Lot’s wife. The old law is also contained in the old testament but the Bible plainly teaches that we are not under the old law today but rather a new and better law. When was the old law taken away? We read of that in Col. 2:14 which says “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.” The old law was nailed to the cross with Christ. It was through Christ’s death and resurrection that we have the new law. Gal. 3:23-25 says “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up until faith which should afterwards be revealed, wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith, but after faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Here we are told the purpose of the old law was to bring us to Christ, and the new law. We have no longer any use for the old law. Hebrews 8:6-7 tells us “But now hath ye obtained a most excellent ministry, by how must also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises, for if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”
The old law had fault and the new law is a better law. Since the old law has been abolished and taken out of the way, no one can appeal to it for support of any religious teaching on men today. One cannot learn what one needs to do to be saved in the old law. This information is found only in the new law. Matt. 7:21 tells us “Not everyone who says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.”
Who are those going to heaven? Those that follow God’s will found in the new law. Study your Bible and read of the new law that Christ brought and commanded us to follow. You see today we have a better law.