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Old Testament Laws & 10 Commandments

Sacrificial Ordinances & The Temple

The temple and rituals in the old testament were a foretelling of Christ to come. The temple was a temporary dwelling place of God where sacrifices were offered for forgiveness of sins. At that time, it was the only way to reach God and be forgiven. During the old testament there was two rooms in the tabernacle (temple) the holy room and a room inside inside separated by a thick veil or 'wall' that lead to the holiest of holys or the most holy place, it was the dwelling place of God himself among man. God is so holy he could not look directly upon man as we again, fall short of his perfection and holiness and we could not be within his holy presence. We are sinful. Even the highest priests had specific rituals and ordinances to go through themselves once a year, before he could present himself in the holy room.

When Jesus was sacrificed, these specific rituals, ceremonies and ordinances were no longer required. Thus 'tearing the veil' between man and God, we dont need a high priest anymore doing blood sacrifices on our behalf, we have Jesus Christ the highest priest and the final sacrifice - and through our faith in Jesus Christ that he lived, died and rose again we can pray directly to God for forgiveness, we don't have to sacrifice any longer. Christ is now our temple - because through him we are saved (just as they were saved through the need of the physical temple). Once Jesus was sacrificed, there was no need for a physical temple that was a foreshadow of what was to come. What did Jesus say about the temple?
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

Matthew 27:51 "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;"

Mark 15:38 "And the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."

Luke 23:45 "And the sun was darkened, and the vail of the Temple was rent in the midst."

Sin is breaking the law

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Transgression is violation of the law. Sin is transgression of the law. The penalty for going against the law (sinning) was a sacrifice. Jesus was not yet born, years before his birth the requirements for going against God's law were the blood sacrifices of animals. Once Jesus had died on the cross, the sacrifices of animals were no longer necessary as he was the ultimate and final sacrifice. It is no longer requirement to follow the ordinances (the blood sacrifices and rituals) because Jesus took care of that on the cross. The old testament is full of prophets foreshadowing and foretelling of Jesus, the new testament is about the apostles, and Jesus dying on the cross fulfilling the old testament. It is not about him 'abolishing the old laws', its about him fulfilling the ordinances of the law so that we are no longer bound by them, we have freedom through Jesus Christ ultimate sacrifice. We can go directly to God (through prayer) for forgiveness when we sin, because we have Jesus who is our mediator.
Mathew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Jesus Christ was perfect, only he was able to live up to the requirements of the laws and fulfilling them so that we no longer were bound by them, as we are not perfect nor were they perfect before in the old testament either. We no longer have to sacrifice animals and go through specific rituals and ceremonies in order to forgive our sins, we now have direct access to asking God for forgiveness through prayer- thanks to Jesus, he made it easier for us since we fall short constantly. That doesn't mean we should be passive about sinning then simply asking for forgiveness, we have to correct ourselves and avoid our mistakes as not to continuously do them. That is the freedom and victory we have in Christ, to try and do right in all our thoughts, words and deeds - and when we fall short we go to God in repentance asking for forgiveness so that we are blameless again before God.

Did Paul say the laws were done away with?

Paul speaks about keeping the faith (the belief that Jesus died for our sins) and so we are forgiven from sin through the simplicity of Jesus Christ (rather than the ceremonial and ritual law of animal sacrifice), to go straight to God in prayer to ask forgiveness.
Col 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
Paul states that this was blotted out, it was contrary against us (everyone sins everyone falls short, God had a plan for this - the ultimate and final sacrifice of Jesus the only perfect man in the flesh.) Thus it was 'nailed to the cross' - what was? JESUS, he fulfilled this obligation for our sins, nailing these obligations for our trespasses (sin) to the cross there is no need for a blood sacrifice anymore we can now go straight to God and ask forgiveness directly. Triumphing over the principalities and powers-(the beginning; the order) (the power of choice, liberty). He triumphed over the order of the law pertaining to our sinful choices;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Ordinances is translated from the greek word Dogma, this is specifically addressing principles of the blood ordinances (rituals) not the law - there is a difference. (Col 2:14 note: Blotted out the handwriting of ordinances);
Ephesians 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;"
Through Christ the law was not abolished but the law of commandments contained in ordinances. We are not perfect, we fall short but when we do Christ gave us the power to seek forgiveness in such a simplistic manner that anyone can do it we can easily be brought back into perfection through Christ's gift to us of repentance and salvation, what a gracious and loving God.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
He continues to say not the let men (the doctrines of men/churches) judge you in the way (the correct way as defined through the bible) in respect to the health laws (what you eat/drink), the holy days (the real feasts of God not the man made traditions of Easter/Christmas holidays etc), or the day of the holy Sabbath (which by arrogance was subsequently changed by man specifically the catholic church to be Sunday instead of Saturday).
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. ('Is of' was added into translation the entire line of 'is of Christ' is translated from the greek word " Χριστός " which means, Christos - Christ/Anointed)
The ordinances were a shadow of things to come (foreshadowing the birth, death and resurrection of Christ fulfilling the ordinances). True knowledge and wisdom comes from the body of Christ (Christ is the head of the body, the body is representation of the 'body' of believers of Christ spread throughout the entire earth the "Church"). This was further demonstrating that they were keeping the feasts and laws of God in the new testament, not the opposite as many Christians today believe - that the laws were abolished. Even Jesus himself kept the feasts and the laws in Luke and John for example. Below is an excerpt from another website addressing this information;
The Lord’ s Supper There is no q uestion that the Lord’s S upper has to be observed. Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). A remembrance is a memorial. The Apostle Paul wro te about the Last supper, “ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show t he Lord’s death till he come” (1 Corin th 11:26). Notice that the Lord’ s Supper was observed long after the death of Christ by the Church and we keep it as a memorial of the death of Christ which hap pened on the Passover even today. The Lo rd’s S upper was to be observed once a year on the Passover. And what is the “Lord’s Supper” ? None other than the PASSOVER MEAL! And we are to observe it “ till he comes, ” that’ s the second coming, so it continues today . This passage in Corinthians also show s that the Corinthians Church was observing the festival of the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. Man y scriptures show that the Lord’ s Supper is the Passover Meal. The synoptic Gospels consistently and repeatedly speak of the Last supper as the P assover. The disciples asked J esus, “ Where will you have us to go and prepa re for you to eat the Passover?” (Mark 14:12; cf. Matt P a g e | 8 26:17 - 18; Luke 22:7 - 9). In Luke 22:15, Jesus himself declares: “ I have earnestly desired to eat this Pas sover with you before I suffer.” The term “ eat the P assover” refers exclusively to the Passover meal which Jesus later gives instructions to his disciples (Mark 14:15; Matt 26:18; Luke 22:11). (Source PDF)

Greatest commandment of all

When asked by a pharisee what is the greatest commandment of all, Jesus replied to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. That is truly the greatest commandment because if you truly love God with all of your heart and soul you will follow his every commandment.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

Health laws done away with?

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