Wasn’t the Law Nailed to the Cross?

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On Mount Sinai, Moses received both law of God and a precise set of instructions for the sacrificial system. These were to form the basis of the religious ceremonies of the Israelites.

Both sets of instructions were called the law, but they were different in that the law of Ten Commandments defined what sin was, whereas the ceremonial law contained the solution to the sin problem.

God wrote the Ten Commandments, and Moses wrote the ceremonial law, or book of the law.

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 (Colossians 2:14).

Does this verse mean that we no longer need to follow the ceremonial law and the law of Ten Commandments?

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Wasn’t the Law Nailed to the Cross?

  1. 1. July 25, 2013 WASN’T GODS LAW NAILED AT THE CROSS? RADIO 7 SURINAME MINISTRIES 1 HTTP://RADIO7.INTERAMERICA.ORG Wasn’t the Law Nailed to the Cross? Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD On Mount Sinai, Moses received both law of God and a precise set of instructions for the sacrificial system. These were to form the basis of the religious ceremonies of the Israelites. Both sets of instructions were called the law, but they were different in that the law of Ten Commandments defined what sin was, whereas the ceremonial law contained the solution to the sin problem. God wrote the Ten Commandments, and Moses wrote the ceremonial law, or book of the law. The Law of Ten Commandments And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God (Exodus 31:18). And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables (Exodus 32:16). When Moses returned from meeting with God on Sinai he found that the Israelites had made for themselves a golden calf to worship. Moses was so angry that he broke the tablets of stone. Then God said to him, “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark” (Deuteronomy 10:1-2). When Moses broke the first tablets, it symbolized the law of God that had been broken by God’s people when they served the golden calf. The law did not change as a result of the people’s sin. Rather, God wrote the law again onto the new tables of stone that Moses fashioned, symbolizing that we have to be co-workers together with God in upholding His law. Only in God’s strength can we uphold the law, but we must cooperate with Him in this regard. The two tables of stone were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant. The Ceremonial Law This law of types and ceremonies was written by Moses in the book of the law, and was placed beside the Ark. And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee (Deuteronomy 31:24-26 emphasis added).
  2. 2. July 25, 2013 WASN’T GODS LAW NAILED AT THE CROSS? RADIO 7 SURINAME MINISTRIES 2 HTTP://RADIO7.INTERAMERICA.ORG These two sets of laws, the one moral and the other ceremonial, were thus entirely different and served different purposes. 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 (Colossians 2:14). Does this verse mean that we no longer need to follow the ceremonial law and the law of Ten Commandments? This verse refers to only one law: the law that was against us, that showed us our transgressions. This was not the Ten Commandments, but the ceremonial law. When Christ died, he satisfied the demands of justice in the law of ceremonies and blotted it out. Christ fulfilled the obligations of the ceremonial law by becoming the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. He fulfilled the obligation of the law of Ten Commandments by His perfect obedience to its precepts. After His death, the law of ceremonies was discontinued because it foreshadowed the cross, but the law of Ten Commandments did not change, nor was it done away with. The same law is still to be found in the New Testament and those who follow Christ must continue to live by this law. The next article will show how the ceremonial law symbolized Jesus’ ministry.

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