There’s been a great debate for many decades in the Church as to whether or not the Law applies to us as Believers in Jesus today. There are those that say we are “under grace”. So, in order to properly address a lot of issues of the day, I’ve felt impressed to address.
Now, it would seem like I’m about absolutely assail somebody’s or everybody’s theology. I promise, there’s plenty here for everybody, so just bear with me.
So, does the Law apply to us today? Do we still have to make sacrifices for sin today? Are we still answerable under pain of being “cut off from God” until we apply those sacrifices? I’m going to go out on a limb and dare say YES! Now, if you’re a believer in grace, don’t think I’m going to leave you out right here, there’s plenty for you here, too.
The Law still applies to us today. If you read through the Torah (the first 5 books of Moses)in many places, you’ll find that as members of the Covenant as we are, that the Law does indeed apply. It gives phrases like, “for all time” or “throughout all your generations”. Guess what, folks, that means us even today.
Even Yeshua, when He spoke of the Law, said in Matthew 5:18 “Verily I say unto you, not one jot or Tittle will pass from the Law, until all is fulfilled.” So the Law definitely belongs to us.
So what then, does that mean that we as believers need to keep the Shabbat? Must we keep the Holy things and observe the feasts and festivals? YES! Do we need to do all the things that the ancient Hebrews did? YES! Should we keep Kashrut? YES!
This is where the Church needs to come to life. It seems that we pick and choose which of the laws we choose to follow. We’re afraid to take Communion more than once a month because we don’t want it to become “tradition”, yet we fail to realize that the ancient Hebrews did this at least once a week, and the early Church in all likelihood did so more often than that (Acts 2:46). It amazes me and kinda gets under my skin; we’re not afraid of the verses in the Law that speak of Tithe (Malachi 3:10), and pass the plate around every week, but we’re so afraid of making a tradition of an act that we were urged by Jesus to partake in as often as we can (Luke 22:19-20). We’re afraid of an act of intimacy with Jesus that brings such power for fear of making it a “tradition”. We’re not afraid of singing out in praise and worship; with instruments and joyful singing and dance, but very little is said about it in the New Testament. Where do we get it then? In the Old Testament! We love to go into Leviticus when we want to declare something as unholy before the Lord, yet somehow think we can cherry pick what we do and do not follow. You can’t have it both ways, and this is where the Church has a real hang-up.
OK, so I promised something for grace believing folks as well, so here goes. First, let me address Jesus here. Do we need sacrifice here? Yes, but Jesus fulfilled all 5 of the ancient sacrifices on Calvary (Drink, Fellowship, Meal, Sin, and Trespass) Hebrews 10:14. This is true, but we must appropriate those sacrifices to our lives in order for them to be of any affect. As for the penalty of death for breaking the Law, it does still exist. In ancient Israel, one was cut off from God and cut off from the people for sin until he made a Trespass offering. Today, the very same penalty still exists for sin, however it is spiritual death (I Corinthians 15:46). Separation from God until you repent of sin, and if your heart stop beating before you do, eternal separation. We also have an advocate before the Father in such cases (I John 2:1). But the Law still does exist and we must follow it. But how can we keep the Law with no one to sacrifice for us and without having a law to follow,saying for the sake of argument that the Law was indeed abolished by Jesus? Jesus did not abolish the Law. Hebrews 10:16 states “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”. So, in this case, the Law does exist, however not written on tablets of stone but on the hearts of men and women. So grace does exist, that we can keep coming again and again, bringing spiritual sacrifices for our sin and appropriating them through the mediator between God and man, Jesus! (I Timothy 2:5). HALLELUJAH! Baruch haShem!