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Lesson 2: January 7-13

‘Do we then make void the law through faith?’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.’ Romans 3:31.

STUDY HELP: Selected Messages, book 1, pages 236-240.

LESSON AIM: To consider the arguments of those who claim that the Ten Commandments do not apply to Christians.

 

Introduction

 

‘John brings the commandments of God to view away down this side of the crucifixion of Christ, and shows their positive, binding claims upon men. Those who have taken the position that the commandments of God were done away when Christ hung upon the cross, are in harmony with the great deceiver. God has made His constitution and His laws, and He can encircle in his arms those who are obedient, and shield them from the powerful deceptions of Satan.’ Review & Herald, July 15, 1890.

 

‘Nailing it to His cross’

 

1. Were the Ten Commandments nailed to the cross? Colossians 2:14.

NOTE: Here is the argument of those who believe that the Ten Commandments, along with the whole of the Old Testament, were nailed to the cross and no longer apply to Christians: ‘The Old Testament was done away in Christ, superseded by the New Testament (that of Jesus).  The old law was only designed by God, to last “till the seed should come” and “the seed was Christ” Galatians 3:16,19. The Old Testament was removed so that the New Testament could become effective (Romans 7:1-7; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18; Ephesians 2:12-16; Hebrews 7:12; 8:8-13; 9:12-17; 10:9,10; etc.). And it is clearly stated by the inspired apostle Paul, regarding the law of Moses, that Christ has, “Blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and He hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).’ Source: https://www.Were the Ten Commandments Nailed to the Cross? – La Vista Church of Christ

 

2. What was nailed to the cross? Colossians 2:16-17.

NOTE: Paul lists meat, drink, a holy day, the new moon, and the sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come. Ask yourself how many of these things are even mentioned in the Ten Commandments.

‘It seems that many Christians either have the mentality of wanting to nail anything they do not like to the cross or are unable to tell the difference between the sacrificial law and God’s moral law. All too often Christians see the word “law” in the Bible and assume it is the Ten Commandments. Why do so many assume that the ordinances and the Ten Commandments are the same thing? The only relationship between the two laws is that the moral law defines sin, as sin is the transgression of the Law. (1 John 3:4) And the “ordinances” or the “Law of Moses” and the many other names it is referred to in the Bible defined the sacrifices, which were the remedy for sin. The Old and New Testaments are abundantly clear what the ordinances and this worldly sacrificial sanctuary system were and their purpose.’  Source: the-ten-commandments.org/werethetencommandmentsnailedtothecross.html

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