The Book of the Law

John 1:11-17 (KJV) – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: {power: or, the right, or, privilege} 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

The Birth of Grace

The scripture above is about the birth of Grace and Grace is the end of the Law. Verse 17 is so direct about the subject of Law and the Grace. The coming of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law and in this teaching, we shall look into the whole truth about the Law.  John 1:45 – Philip finds Nathanael and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

That is a confirmation of verse 17 of the John chapter 1 that we have read as our main text for this teaching. Meaning that the Law was before the grace and it was speaking about the grace that will come at a time the speakers under the Law did not know. Law and grace cannot go together. They are two different things

Luke 16:16-17 (KJV) – The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man pressed into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

The scripture above is talking about the end of the Law. The good thing to note here is that the Law and the prophets were together. If the law is ended then the Prophets are ended. This verse made is clear and this was Jesus speaking here that John the Baptist was the last Man standing as a prophet and as a law instructor.

John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus and from him, Jesus took over the ministry. It was after that John baptized Him that he was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast for forty days and nights –

Matthew 3:13-16 (KJV) – Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have the need to be baptized of thee, and comes thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Matthew 4:1 (KJV) – Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And returning from the fast he started his ministry and the message was the same that John had preached before him. By this time John the Baptist has been arrested and he was later beheaded. He did not see Jesus again after the day he baptized him. Matthew 4:17 (KJV) – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

This was the word of Jesus Christ to make us understand that the Law was a landing ground for grace.  Luke 24:44-45 (KJV) – 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. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

The Book of the Law

John 1:15-17 – John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Moses was the Law and Jesus Christ is the grace. The Law was the system of God at that time to control the people to the will of God or to perfection. Just as we have the Holy Spirit as the system of God currently to have control over the believers. The Law was given by Moses and this law was what every man under the time before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ followed.

They were Moses’ disciples – John 9:26-29 – Then said they to him again, what did he to thee? How opened he thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples? 28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

Meaning that all the prophets before the coming of Jesus Christ were Moses’ disciples unlike the New Testament believers (The Grace Generation) that are Jesus’ disciples. You have the right to make your choice but you can never serve two masters. Mathew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

All the kings, all the priests, and all the leaders with the people that were before Christ operated by the Law of Moses. The implication of that statement is that the records in the Bible before the coming of Jesus Christ were all records of the practices of the Law. –  Galatians 3:23-24 – But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Faith here was referring to the gift of faith given to us by Jesus Christ – Ephesians – 4:8 – Wherefore he said, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. 

Romans 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Author: or, beginner}

Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ who has delivered us from the wrath of the Law at the fullness of time. Hallelujah. Galatians 4:4 – But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 -To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

The book of the Law is, therefore, the books of the Bible that were written by the People that were under the Law of Moses and they are from Exodus up to Malachi. The book of the Law is Old Testaments excluding Genesis. But looking at the word of Jesus in Luke 16 verse 16 that “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.” By implication, it means the book of the Law is among the Books of the New Testaments. Because John the Baptist lived till the beginning of the ministry of Jesus Christ, In fact, He commissioned him physically into the ministry by the way of Baptism. 

The Law was a school master

The law was a schoolmaster. The Law was to prepare the ground for the grace to take off. The Law was hard to fulfill. Galatians 3:24-25 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  25 – But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

It was a preparatory ground for the Grace of God to take off – Galatians 3:19 – Wherefore then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

The Law was a system that was used to keep time until Jesus’s appointed time to come is ripped. Galatians 4:3-4 – 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

The purpose of the Law and the mission makes it a schoolmaster. Makes it a burden. Everyone under the Old Testament ministrations got tired of the burden of the Law – A man came to Jesus who was also among the leaders in the synagogue. A master of the Law and asked Jesus a question that “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” But the mission of Jesus was to break the law to rebuild the law so as to remove the burdens of the Law. Jesus answered him with what he has never heard before.

Jesus answered him with the new commandment. The new commandment is about Love and Faith – John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

1Jo 2:8 – Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines.

Here is His new commandment – 1 John 3:22-24 – 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 that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

The Law works wrath, the law is merciless and the law is burdensome. The law is too demanding that it was difficult for any man to fulfill the law.  Romans 3:19 – Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Can you see that?

Let us look at more scriptures to drive this point further and provides for better understanding. Romans 4:15 – Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

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

Law is hard to keep

Is the Law bad? The answer is No! The came with good agenda but it was too much for a man to handle. That is why there is a need for a change of it. Man cannot handle it. Man cannot process it. It became a big problem top man and God’s agenda of getting a perfect people were defeated because they were breaking the Law and therefore they were no more perfect people. The Law was one of the strategies of God to manage the man’s sinful situation until the perfect and permanent solution will be provided which he knew from the beginning that it is the blood of Jesus that will do it.

1Timothy 1:8-9 – But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The problem is the inability to use it lawfully.

Because the Law was not perfect, it was a burden, it was a fault finder and above all, it was a schoolmaster to make sure all people are guilty before God. Galatians 3:24-25 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  25 – But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster

It became difficult for everyone under the time of the Law to fulfill the Law. Romans 4:15 – Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. The Law masters were even the worst. They arrest and prosecute people for what they themselves could not do or fulfilled as a law. What a tragedy of a time? Romans 2:23 – Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonors thou God?

Ga 6:13- For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

The Law was a preparation ground for the Grace

Everything that the law says was a preparation for the ministry of Jesus. God sending leaders after another one, prophets after another one knew what He was doing. He was preparing and saving time for the appointed time for the son to manifest.

Apostle Paul talking about the fathers up to their time he wrote in Galatians 4:2-5 that “So we, when we were young, were kept under the first rules of the world; 4 But when the time had come, God sent out his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 That he might make them free who were under the law, and that we might be given the place of sons

Today we live after the appointed time has come. Christ came at that matured time for the salvation of mankind and he did the transition from the Law to the Grace. Glory to Jesus – Romans 8:1-3 – For this cause, those who are in Christ Jesus will not be judged as sinners. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was not able to do because it was feeble through the flesh, God, sending his Son in the image of the evil flesh, and as an offering for sin, gave his decision against sin in the flesh:

Galatians 5:1 – Christ has truly made us free: then keep your free condition and let no man put a yoke on you again. Christ has delivered us, let us deliver ourselves by staying in that free liberty he gave to us by his death and resurrection through His spirit that lives in us. Let us allow the leading g of that spirit that is liberty from the Law – Galatians 5:18 – But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law

2 Corinthians 3:13-17 – And are not like Moses, who put a veil on his face, so that the children of Israel might not see clearly to the end of the present order of things: 14 But their minds were made hard: for to this very day at the reading of the old agreement the same veil is still unlifted; though it is taken away in Christ. 15 But to this day, at the reading of the Law of Moses, a veil is over their heart. 16 But when it is turned to the Lord, the veil will be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there the heart is free.

John 1:45 – Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

The Book of the Law was a pointer to the coming and the assignment that Jesus Christ will perform on earth to save mankind. David said in Psalms 40:6-7 – Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

And Jesus also confirmed it – Hebrews 10:5-9 – For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: {hast…: or, thou hast fitted me} 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 ¶ Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second.

The Old Testament or the Law is a pointer to the New Testament and it is fulfilled because Jesus did all that was required to be done by the Law (Old Testament). Jesus said all He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament by the implication of the above scriptures. Meaning all the leaders of the Old Testament time beginning with Moses, the Priests, Kings and the prophets spoke in time, pattern and shadow of Jesus and the work of His grace to be done. Jesus said this verbally when addressing two of the disciples he joined walking on the high way immediately after His resurrection.

Luke 24:25-27 – Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

In verse 24 Jesus re-emphasized the same thing again talking to the disciples. Luke 24:44 – And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke 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. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Take note of verse forty-five above… Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,  The scripture there was not Mathew, not John, not Romans or 1 Corinthian, not 2nd Timothy or revelation. It was the Book of the Law. The foundation laid by Moses through God as the way to live for that time. Every act, action, and way of worship are a pattern of better things to come – for example among many let us look at a few of this pattern and shadow of better things to come.

The killing of goats to get blood for the remission of sin was a shadow of the death of Jesus to release once and forever remission of sin for mankind. The Chief priest that sacrifice the goats’ blood every year for the remission of the sin of the people of God was a shadow of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ while the priests was a shadow of our position as believers. The holiest of all in the Temple where the sacrifice always takes place was a shadow of the presence of God in the heavens. The blood of the goat was the shadow of the Blood of Jesus. Let us see all this in a chapter of the Bible in Hebrews chapter eight from verse one to verse thirteen. See it below.

Hebrews 8:1-7 – Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. {of the sanctuary: or, of holy things} 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: {there…: or, they are priests}

5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 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. {Covenant: or, testament} 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Please take note of verse 3-5 that was the shadow and the real – Let us look at more scripture from Chapter 9 of Hebrews from verse 1 also – Hebrews 9:2-14 – For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. {The sanctuary: or, holy} 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; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now  6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God

7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 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: 9 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;

10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. {Ordinances: or, rites, or, ceremonies} 11 But Christ being come a 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; 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? {Spot: or, fault}

Please take good observation of verses eight to verse twelve of the above Hebrews chapter nine. Verse twenty fore says – Hebrews 9:19 – For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, {scarlet: or, purple}

Verse 23 -24 – It was, therefore, necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Moses was given a pattern from heaven to duplicate on the earth if I may put it that way. Meaning what Christ will fulfill that has been planned was given to him to duplicate as a Law or system

Let us see more examples of the pattern and shadows of time of the Old Testament and the New Testament. There was a time the children of Israel sinned and the snake came and attacked them a lot of them died and others were about to die. God in His mercies told Moses to make a snake image and hang in on a tree that whosoever looked on it will be saved to live. That was a shadow of the death of Jesus Christ to save the world. –

John 3:14 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: John 8: 28 –Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 12:32-33 – And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33- This he said, signifying what death he should die.

The Lord’s supper which was a feat of Passover was a shadow of the deliverance that Christ will be wrought for the believers – Meaning the bread and the wine they take in communion is a shadow of the flesh of Jesus that will be broken for us on the cross and the wine the blood that will be shed. 1 Corinthian 5:7 – 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: {is sacrificed; or, is slain}

John 6:32-35 – Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore gives us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Verse 50 -53 – This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews, therefore, strove among themselves, saying, how can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Meaning everything Jesus did was a script. It was like acting. All were before him written, that is how was able to fulfill the Law (The Old Testament) to give way to the Grace {The New Testament) Jesus said in John 6:45 – that – “It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man, therefore, that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me”.

Transition from the Law to Grace

From all the scripture above we can see that the Law is dead! Meaning the law is ended, meaning the Law is fulfilled. A believer is no more under the Law but under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Salvation is a product of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:5-9 (KJV) – Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved 😉 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

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. Let us look at that John 1 verse 17 again…For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Meaning that Moses represents the Law while Christ represents Grace. The law was before Jesus that means after Jesus there will be no law at work again. That was the implication of that John 1:17 and it is actually supporting the scripture in Like 16:16-17 which is our second text for this teaching. Luke 16:16-17 (KJV) –The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Let me take you back to that earlier mentioned scripture in John 1 verse 15.- John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. John 1:15 (KJV)

John was the end of the prophet and the Lord Jesus changed the order and he became everything to us the believers in Him. That was mentioned in verse 16 of that same chapter. John 1:16 says “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

We have not received law but grace. The ministry of Jesus and that of Moses are not the same but one prepared the way for the other to take place. Meaning the Law was a landing space for the grace to take off.

See it here … Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV) – Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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.

Jesus said He came to fulfill the law what is he saying there? Meaning to permit the law? No! It means to end the law. It means to answer all the questions of the law. It means to provide the demand of the law so that no one who believes Jesus will have to answer or provide to meet any of the demands of the Law of Moses anymore.

Coming into Christ is the freedom from the law Romans 10:4 (KJV) – For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Galatians 5:18 (KJV) – But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

The transition was from the Old way of living to the new way of living – The Old Testament was the Old way of Living while the New Testament is the new way of living – Hebrews 10:19-20 – Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, {boldness: or, liberty} 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Can you see there that the two are word and opposite actually? The law is not the same as grace. You can never be under the two together! No! No man can serve two masters there will be problems. Mt 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

No wonder we have a lot of problems today as believers just because we have kept ourselves in-between the grace and the law.

Here is a scripture to show you that there was a shift from the season of the Law as a Testament or covenant to the Grace as the New Testament or covenant or agreement. Take your time to read with me here – Hebrews 8:1-13 – Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. {Of the sanctuary: or, of holy things} 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man has somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: {there…: or, they are priests}

5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, said he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 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. {Covenant: or, testament}

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, said the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, said the Lord.

 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said 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: {put: Gr. give} {in: or, upon} 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that, he said, a new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayed and waxed old is ready to vanish away.

The Imperfect is done away with

What the Law could not do Grace came and did it – Grace did what the Law could not do halleluyah – Romans 8:1-3 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 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: {for sin: or, by a sacrifice for sin}

Law is not perfect. Hebrews 10:1- For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

It has faults, it is burdensome, and it is a schoolmaster, it cannot work righteousness that is perfect. Hebrews 8:6-8 – 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. {Covenant: or, testament} 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, said the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Hence God has to end it through the ministry of Jesus Christ. It cannot also wash sin perfectly. But grace washes sin and empowered to overcome sin – Romans 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.

15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Please note that Grace is not a promoter of sin but an antidote for sin, it empowers to say no to sin it does not grant will to commit sin. If you hide under grace to commit sin I am very sorry for you because you cannot end well other than hellfire. 1 John 3:8-9 – He that committed sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remained in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. {Is born: or, has been born}, Can you see it now?

See what Paul said to Titus in Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, {hath…: or, to all men, hath appeared}

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The Law was given under the Mosaic system so as to justify the people. Is either you are set free by the Law or guilty of the law. – Romans 2:13 – For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Galatians 3:21 – Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

The law is not perfect and therefore can never make anything perfect – Hebrews 7:19-For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw nigh unto God.  The imperfect has been done away with in Christ Jesus – 1 Corinthians 13:10 – But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is in part shall be done away. {Done away: Gr. vanish away}.

Follow me as we read through the following scriptures carefully so as establish that truth that the Law has been done away with. Truly by the resurrection of Jesus Moises has been done away with. Meaning the Old Testament has vanished into the fulfillment of the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 3:5-18 – Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit giveth life. {Giveth life: or, quickened}

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation is 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 was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: {plainness: or, boldness} 13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. {By the…: or, of the Lord the Spirit}

Can you see that that it is true and scriptural that the Law is ended in Christ Jesus simply because it was not perfect, it was burdensome, it could not wash away sin perfectly and forever, it is a schoolmaster, and it was not built on the Perfect love of God. It was not meant for the global world but limited to the family of Israel. That was why there was no child of God at that time, they were all children of Jacob or Israel. They are Israelites.

The Law is fulfilled in Christ Jesus – Galatians 5:14 – For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Ga 5:18 – But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Ga 3:23 -24 – But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterward be revealed. 24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 4:4-5 – But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

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;

We are loosed from the Law. Set yourself free by the knowledge of the truth – Romans 7:2 – For the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband is dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Law cannot meet the original intention of God for man

Law cannot meet the original intention of God for man and that has to bring about the end of the Law – Romans 3:20 – 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.

Romans 7:4 – Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law 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.  6 – But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. {That being…: or, being dead to that}

Righteous cannot be perfected by the law

Righteous cannot the perfect by the law hence the need to end the law – Romans 3:21 – But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Galatians 2:16-  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. Verse 19 – For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The Law lacks the ingredients of righteousness. Therefore it can then not be able to work righteousness. Before the Law Righteousness has been by faith that was why there was not righteous one under the law. Abraham’s righteousness was a perfect one because it was a faith in God, not the Law. Romans 4:3 – For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6 – Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

James 2:23 – And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

The Law lacks Faith and Love and this is the strength of righteousness of God – It is received by faith – Galatians 3:19-22 – 19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. {Guilty…: or, subject to the judgment of God} 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. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

And the Faith that works with love for God is love. Galatians 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love. 1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God and knoweth God. {Is born: Gr. has been born} 8 He that loves not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1 John 3:23 – And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

The Fulfillment of the Law

Christ introduced a better law that can help a man to fulfill the law that was not easy to fulfill before – It is the Law of the Spirit – Romans 8:1-2 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

1 John 3:23-24 – And this is his commandment that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he 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.

Law has been replaced with the Law of faith and Love that is the way to fulfill the Law – It is through the spirit of Love – A man came to Jesus and asked him which one is the greatest commandment? Jesus answered him that it is Love! – Mathew 22:36-40.

Romans 13:8 – Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another hath fulfilled the law. Verse 10 – Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

The Law is not perfect because it lacked some basic things that make for perfection. – Hebrews 10:1- For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

But whoever loves has fulfilled the Law – Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

What is the meaning of that? If we all love one another then there will be no sin again. No one will seek to hurt another, no one will steal from another, no one will betray another and son can you see what Jesus meant by replacing thou shall, thou shall with Love.

The Priest of the Law were themselves not perfect

Jesus is the perfect Chief Priest. Hebrews 3:1-3 – Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. {Appointed: Gr. made} 3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house.

And He has made us also priest after him – Revelation 5:9-10 – And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth

Jesus a priest that lives forever. An unchangeable priest of the New Testament unlike the priesthood of Aaron in the Old Testament but after the other of Melchisedec. 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?

Hebrews 7:12 – For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. Verse 16 – Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

We cannot be under the law again

We cannot be under the law again because we have been set free freely by the Law of Life in Christ Jesus. We can no more afford to be under the Law because Christ has redeemed us from the Curse of the Law. The Law put its follower’s under a permanent curse that they can never be free from because they will never be able to fulfill the demands of the Law. Ask the Israelites they were all tired of the Law. – Galatians 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 continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Galatians 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. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 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 hanged on a tree:

We are called to Righteousness – 1 Corinthians 1:2 – Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

The Law can never grant the righteousness – Philippians 3:9 – And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For he hath made him be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Romans 4:13 – For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

The Law was not the original plan of God to have access to man. God wants to have free access directly with man through His Spirit – Galatians 3:19 – Wherefore then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. We cannot be under the Law again otherwise we will lose the relationship with God through His spirit. The Law and the Spirit cannot work together, choose one this day I ask you to choose to walk in the Spirit and not the law.

Walk in the Spirit of Love and Faith

Walking in the spirit is the next thing to do after that you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior to walk in this liberty and the deliverance wrought for us by God in Christ Jesus – Romans 8:4 – That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Walking in the spirit or to be led by the Holy Spirit is an assurance that we have departed from the Law. Who leads you at everything time and to do whatever you do must be the Holy Spirit, not any word spoken by any man or any rule set to guide you. That is the state of maturity in Christ Jesus.

For if you are led by the spirit the Law is not meant for you. Why? Whatever the Law says anyways you will still do either there was the law or not. Because the Holy Spirit will not lead you to do what is not pleasing to God. Even if you have not read it from any book of the law or any commandment set for you. The law was not bad but it lacked the grace to perform it. Once your mind is set on the Law you will default it. But if you set your mind free and trust the Holy Spirit to do something you will be able to do it because the grace will help you.

Galatians 5:18 – But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Fallen from Grace

We must be very careful not to fall from grace. A lot of people are fallen from Grace daily. You must guide yourself from falling. Galatians 1:6 – I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another

Galatians 5:4 – Christ has become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Going under the Law after that you have been set free is a sign that one has fallen from the Grace. Law is not profitable. Avoid it – Titus 3:9 – But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

You will see a ministry that is named with Grace. Maybe, for example, abc Grace ministry. But when you see their doctrines and believes, all are purely opposite of what grace provides for. In a ministry where they pray to kill enemy, in a ministry where they mandate tithe, in a ministry where the members are not directed to Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit but the founder, in a ministry where people are being called out to give an amount that they do not even have, in a ministry where anointing oil is the miracle worker or any other items which mean the name of Jesus Christ is not even enough. Such a ministry does not know anything about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 2:19 -21 – In the belief that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those in the dark, 20 A teacher of the foolish, having in the law the form of knowledge and of what is true; 21 You who give teaching to others, do you give it to yourself? You who say that a man may not take what is not his, do you take what is not yours?

Please note that the scriptures used in this articles are from King James and Basic Bible in English version.

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