Old Law to New Law
"Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us
But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." ~ Paul (Gal. 3.24-25)
Purpose of the Old Law
- Knowledge of Sin
- Romans 3.9-21; "...that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God. "
- Romans 7.7-13, 8.1-4
- Bring us to Christ
- Galatians 3.19-27; "So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. "
Christ Fulfilled the Old Law, Ushering in the New Covenant
- Matthew 5.17-18
- Christ came to fulfill the law.
- Colossians 2.8-23; "...He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. "
- Ephesians 2.11-16; "having abolished in his flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances..."
- Also, Galatians 3.10-14; "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us..."
- Need for a Second Covenant and Abolition of the First Explained Further
- Hebrews 8.7-13
- V. 7: "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. "
- Compare with Hebrews 10.1-4, 9-10
- V. 13: "...he has made the first old..."
- Hebrews 9.15-17
- Christ as mediator of the new covenant
- See also 1 Timothy 2.5-6
- Those who would try to keep any part of the old law would become debtors to keep the whole law.
- Galatians 5.1-4
Perfect Law of Liberty
- Christians are not to keep the statutes of the old law but there are things that exist in both.
- 1 Corinthians 6.9-11 and Revelation 21.7-8
- Christians are under the royal or perfect law of liberty, but there are still things we must do.
- James 1.21-25 and James 2.8-13
- Matthew 28.19-20, 2 Peter 3.2, 1 Thessalonians 4.1-2
- The Old Testament is still important.
- Romans 15.4; "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. "
- 1 Corinthians 10.1-12; "Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. "