Many of our Christian men and women beliefs that Christianity nullifies the law through faith in Christ's finished work on the cross. According to them, the law or the Old Testament is no more obtainable, that is, the law is completely null and void. They base their argument on what the scriptures rightly says about the law. Namely; that the law made no provision for man's redemption. That it was weak and imperfect, Rom. 8 : 3.That it brought a curse upon humanity, and that it kills, Gal. 3 : 13; 2 Cor. 3 : 6.
Obviously the law didn't make any provision for man's redemption, in that it was weak through the flesh, but was our tutor to bring us to Christ. Which, at the appointed time He manifested and, "Wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." Col. 2 : 14. The handwriting of requirements here refers to the complete law of Moses - the ceremonial, the commandments, and every details of the contract. This had to be taken out of the way for us to experience redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, all observance of the law was abolished in Christ.
Now, is it true that Christianity make void the law through faith? The answer is in Rom. 3 : 31, and it says, "Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law." This question was asked by the Jewish Christians because there was misunderstanding between them and the Gentile Christians in Rome. Worried Jewish Christians asked Paul, "Do faith wipe out everything Judaism stands for? Does it cancel scriptures, and put an end to our customs, and declare that God is no longer working through us." Paul answered, "Certainly not !" For, when we understand the way of salvation through faith, we understand the Jewish religion better. We know why Abraham was chosen, why the law was given, and why God worked patiently with Israel for centuries. So faith doesn't wipe out the Old Testament, as claimed by some, but rather, it makes God's dealings with the Jewish people understandable.
By implication, Christianity do not make void the law, rather we establish the right use of it, and secure its standing, fixing it on the right basis. The law is still in use to convince us of what is past, and to direct us for the future, though we can't be saved by it as a covenant, yet we own and submit to it as a rule in the hand of Christ, the Mediator.
So, Christianity Establishes the law, by recognizing Christ as the subject of its rites, the commandments and ceremonies. "Then He said to them, these are the words which I spoke to you while I was with you, that all things must fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me" Luke 24 : 44; read also Hebrews chapters 8 - 10.
By Christ fulfilling it, "Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled" Matt. 5 : 17, 18.
By Christ ending it, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" Rom. 10: 4.
By fulfilling in man the righteousness that the law demanded but could not give. "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh" Rom. 8 : 3.
By including its moral and spiritual principles in the New Testament, "But now He has obtained more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises" Rom. 10 : 6.
So the Old Testament is not made void by our faith in Christ, it's still in force in Him who is the fulfilment of the law.
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