Apostolic Preterist

Under the Moral law?

Many Christians today believe that we are under part of the old covenant of law. This is a slap in the face to Jesus Christ and his finished work. They claim the ceremony and sacrificial parts of the law ended, but that we are currently still to obey the moral law. According to Matthew 5:18 None of the 613 laws would pass until all of them passed. The bible says that until heaven and earth (Old covenant) passes away not one jot and not one tittle of the law will pass until all things be fulfilled Matthew 5:18 (If you are a futurist and believe this is referring to the literal heaven and earth then according to this scripture we are still under the law since it hasn't passed away literally.) This was referring to the old covenant of law.
 The ceremony and sacrificial laws cannot pass and leave the moral law, but all 613 laws. The smallest “jot or tittle” of “the law and the prophets” will not pass away until they all did. The jot or tittle is the smallest stroke of the pen in the Hebrew alphabet. This would include all the moral laws as well! If one insists on keeping the moral then this means we would have to keep all the Torah laws that Israel kept, there would be no change from the new covenant. If the law is still in effect then so are the penalties for breaking the law. If one separates the penalties then the commands have no authority or justice on an individual. But Jesus also mentioned the prophets, that all they have prophesied will be accomplished.

Jesus fulfilled all the laws requirement by his perfect obedience, taking upon himself the penalty and the curse of the law and with his dying rendered it inoperative for the believer (Rom.10:4-5; Heb. 8:13). To say one is going to keep the Old Testament law because of requirement is to ignore the work that Christ did in our stead in the New Testament covenant.
As far as the word “fulfill” which many abuse, it does not mean to continue or reinforce. Matthew consistently used the word fulfill in a specific manner, once something is fulfilled there is not a future fulfillment. He quotes Isa.7:14 for the fulfillment of the virgin birth. Where he was to be born Micah 5:2, there is no awaiting for this to re occur in the future. To fulfill something means to bring it to a completion. It is used consistently this way through Matthews gospel (Mt.2:17,23, 12:17, 13:13,35, 27:9,35)
Here are a few examples: Matt 2:15 “and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Matt 8:17 “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Matt 21:4-5 “All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’“
Matt 26:56 “But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
All the Scriptures that Matthew writes about being fulfilled all mean a completion of something that is said. That something was prophesied or written and he fulfilled it or made it happen, bringing it to its end, having it come to pass.
The Old Testament Covenant was never intended to be permanent. (Gal.3:17-18, 22-25) Jesus used two examples in a parable to show the new is not to be joined with the old, (Luke 5:36-39) V.36 “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.”Heb.8:13 “In that He says “a New Covenant,” He has made the first one obsolete...”. Paul describes the Mosaic covenant in 2 Cor.3: 7 the HOLY SPIRIT tells us, is “passing away” and is “abolished” (verses 11,13), in its place we have the “ministry of the Spirit” and “the ministry of righteousness” (verses 8,9).
Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. To have it put aside. If continued it would become much the worse, even for the purpose for which it was intended; Jesus did not come to patch up Judaism, he came to fulfill it by his life teaching death and resurrection, not to patch up the old. Jesus’ purpose was expanded beyond Israel, to all mankind through his spirit something that could never be done under the old administration of the law.
V.37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. v.38 “But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. The old wineskins were stretched out to their limit and any more fermentation would burst them. To try and mix the old (law) with the new (gospel) would destroy both. You are not saved by Jesus plus Moses, neither is one sanctified by Jesus plus Moses. V.39 “And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.

 The New Covenant Is Not A Modification Of The Old Covenant

Lest anyone should seriously entertain the notion that the New Covenant is in harmony with the Old Covenant or that it is a modification of the Old Testament or that it is still in force today, consider the following Scriptures:

Old Mosaic Covenant

New Spiritual Covenant

OLD Cov........................2Co 3:14

NEW Covenant.....2Co 3:6

1st Covenant...............Heb 8:7, 9:1

2nd Covenant........Heb 8:7, 10:1-9

Came by Moses.................Joh 1:17

Came by Christ.....Heb 8:6, 9:15

Law of God in STONE.....2Co 3:3

Law of God in HEART ..Heb 10:16

Law of MOSES........Act 13:38-39

Law of CHRIST.....Gal 6:2

Law of flesh...................Rom 7:5-6

Law of the SPIRIT.Rom 8:2

NOT of faith....................... Gal 3:2

Law of FAITH... Rom 3:27

Yoke of BONDAGE...........Gal 5:1

Law of LIBERTY. Jas 1:25

Law of SIN................... Rom 7:5-6

Law of RIGHTEOUSNESS .. Rom 9:30-31

Law of DEATH..................2Co 3:7

Law of LIFE ..Gal 3:11,6:8

Christ removes OLD........ Heb 10:9

Christ enacted NEW.... Heb10:9

A SHADOW...............Col 2:14-17

REALITY.....Heb 10:1-18

FULFILLED...............Mat 5:17-18

NOW IN FORCE....Heb 8:6, 10:9

Priesthood CHANGED...Heb 7:12

UNCHANGEABLE Priesthood.... Heb 7:24

MANY sacrifices........Heb 9:12-13

ONE sacrifice for sin....Heb 10:12

IMPERFECT.................. Heb 7:19

PERFECT.......... Heb 7:19

Blood of ANIMALS........Heb 9:19

Blood of CHRIST... Mat 26:28

Circumcision.................. Exo 12:48

Uncircumcision Rom 4:9-12

WORKS of law.................Gal 3:10

NOT of works-GRACE ..Eph 2:8-9

REMEMBERS sins..........Heb 10:3

FORGETS sins..Heb 10:17

YEARLY atonement..........Heb10:3

PERMANENT atonement Heb 10:14

SINFUL priests..................Heb 5:3

SINLESS priest...Heb 7:26

AARONIC priests.............Heb7:11

MELCHISEDEC priest ...Heb 5:5-10

MAN MADE tabernacle....Heb 8:5

HEAVENLY tabernacle ...Heb 8:2,9:11

Out of LEVI.................... Heb 7:11

Out of JUDAH...Heb 7:14

WEAK,UNPROFITABLE..Heb7:18

POWER of ENDLESS LIFE ... Heb. 7:16

NO inheritance................Rom 4:13

ETERNAL inheritance ...Heb 9:15

Sacrifice of ANIMALS....Heb 9:13

Sacrifice of CHRIST ......Heb 9:28

Purified the FLESH......... Heb 8:13

Purged the CONSCIENCE ...Heb 9:14

PRODUCES wrath........ Rom 4:15

SAVES from wrath...Rom 5:9

Perfected NOTHING..... Heb 7:19

Perfects BELIEVERS..Heb 10:14

NO MERCY.................Heb 10:28

COMPLETE MERCY ..Heb 8:12

NO justification...............Act 13:39

BELIEVERS justified...Act 13:39

BRINGS a curse...............Gal 3:10

REDEEMS from curse...Gal 3:13

ABOLISHED..................2Co 3:13

CONTINUES IN GLORY ...2Co 3:11

Brought DEATH................2Co 3:7

Brought RECONCILIATION ... 2Co 5:18

ISRAEL ONLY.......Deu 4:7-8, 5:3

ALL MANKIND......Mar 14:24, 2Co 5:14-19

So we have an abundance of scriptures that tell us there was an Old Covenant (for Israel) that was an administration of condemnation and death: it was but a "shadow" of a better covenant to come and has been "annulled'. Now Christ has given us a New Covenant of the spirit based on spiritual law:

(1) the Law of God,
(2) the Law of Christ,
(3) the Law of the Spirit,
(4) the Law of Faith,
(5) the Law of Liberty,
(6) the Law of Righteousness and
(7) the Law of Life.

These seven (perfect) laws (for all mankind), written on our hearts by the spirit of God, cover every aspect of human life making the Old Covenant of none effect.

 

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