Here’s a simple answer to one of the many questions that never go away:
Should Christians follow Old Testament law?
- The Old Testament is primarily a record of God’s interaction with the Israelites. The laws given to Moses (the Ten Commandments) were given specifically for them in the context of God’s covenant with them. The Mosaic Law never applied to anyone else.
- Even if the Law did somehow apply to non-Jews, it doesn’t apply to Christians today. In fact, the New Testament clearly teaches this very simple concept:
- So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. (Galatians 3:24-25)
- The ‘Righteousness of God’ is now manifested apart from the Law. (Romans 3:21)
- the Law brings about wrath. (Romans 4:15)
- We are not under the Law. (Romans 6:14)
- We have been released from the Law. (Romans 7:6)
- the Law is a law of sin and death…not of life. (Romans 8:2)
- the Law is weak. (Romans 8:3)
- the Law is in contrast to grace. (Galatians 2:21)
- the Law is not of faith. (Galatians 3:12)
- the Law is a curse. (Galatians 3:13)
- Christ redeemed us from the Law. (Galatians 3:13)
- the Law was temporary, until the Messiah came. (Galatians 3:19)
- the Law kept us in custody until a later faith was revealed. (Galatians 3:23)
- the Law was a tutor to lead us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24)
- Seeking to be justified by the Law severs us from Christ. (Galatians 5:4)
This simply couldn’t be any clearer: Christians should not use Old Testament laws as a guide for living.