Archive for December 20, 2007

That is the question that confuses many Christians today. How DO we know which ones we should obey? Should Christians eat pork? Do we have to keep the Sabbath?

Well there are three methods in dealing with Old Testament laws which basically land you in the same place

Method 1

Obey all Old Testament laws unless they are are repealed in the New Testament

Method 2

Disregard all Old Testament laws and just obey the New Testament laws

Method 3

Split the laws into three columns; ceremonial, civil and moral law

1. The ceremonial law – These were but a shadow of what was fulfilled and done away with in Jesus Christ. Read Hebrews 10:1-18 and Colossians 2:16-17.
2. The civil law – This is basically the local laws of that time and we do not necessarily have to obey those laws as they were for a specific people at a specific time. Maybe our equivalent to things like local taxes, traffic lights, which side you drive on the road etc
3. The moral law – This is basically the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) which are all reiterated in the New Testament (apart from keeping the sabbath)

I personally tend to go by Method 3. I do not believe that New Testament believers have to keep the Sabbath in the same way that the Jews did in the Old Testament. I believe that our Sabbath is that we rest from OUR works and rest in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:9-10). For more detailed explanation as to why I do not believe the sabbath is binding on us today, click HERE.

One point to remember is that the Old Testament is generally for our understanding (even though we can learn certain principles from it) and the New Testament is generally for our application.

All of the bible is FOR us but not all of it is TO us