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Dictionaries :: The Law of Moses

Below are articles from the following dictionary:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia

The Law of Moses:

By the phrase "law of Moses" is meant all that was revealed through Moses. The New Testament treats it with great fullness and perpiscuity:

  1. Typical aspects. The law of Moses was only the shadow of good things to come (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 10:1).
  2. Fulfillment. Jesus Christ declared His intention to fulfill every word of the law (Matthew 5:17-18), and He did it (Luke 24:44).
  3. Its weakness. The law could not,
    1. bring about justification (Acts 13:39);
    2. produce righteousness (Galatians 2:21);
    3. produce life (Galatians 3:21);
    4. bring about perfection (Hebrews 7:19);
    5. or free the conscience from a knowledge of sin (Hebrews 10:1-4).
  4. Impossible for all men to keep it. The law was given to and for Israel only (Exodus 19:1-25; Exodus 20:1-17; Malachi 4:4; John 1:1-17). Take two proofs of this:
    1. All the males of the Hebrews were commanded to appear before the Lord at a designated place three times a year (Exodus 23:14-17; Exodus 12:4-16);
    2. those to whom the law was given were commanded, on penalty of death, not to kindle a fire throughout their habitation on the sabbath day (Exodus 35:1-3).
  5. Abolishment of the law. It is declared,
    1. that the law is abolished (2 Corinthians 3:6-13; Ephesians 2:15);
    2. that Christ is the end of the law (Romans 10:4);
    3. that it was the ministration of death (Exodus 32:1-28), and that it is "done away (2 Corinthians 3:7);"
    4. that Jesus took away the first that He might establish the second (Hebrews 10:5-9);
    5. that it was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14-16);
    6. that those who had been under it had been delivered from it (Romans 7:6);
    7. that they were dead to it (Romans 7:4);
    8. that they were not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14);
    9. that they were no longer under the schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25);
    10. that they were not required to serve the law (Acts 15:1-24; Galatians 3:19);
    11. that the Christian who sought justification under the law had fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4);
    12. and that now the righteousness of God is revealed without the aid of the law (Romans 3:21-22).
  6. Contrasted with the Gospel.
    1. The law was intended for one nation-Israel (Exodus 20:1-17; Malachi 4:4); the gospel of Christ is intended for the whole creation (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).
    2. The first covenant was dedicated with the blood of animals (Exodus 24:6-8), the new covenant was dedicated with the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).
    3. The first institution was administered by frail men-the Levites (Leviticus 16:1-34; Hebrews 7:11-23); the second is administered by Jesus Christ, who was made priest, not by carnal commandment, but "after the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:16)."
    4. Circumcision in the flesh was a sign of the first (Genesis 17:1-14; Leviticus 12:1-3); circumcision in the heart and spirit is the sign of the second (Romans 2:25).
    5. The law of Moses guaranteed to the obedient Hebrews temporal blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-6); the gospel of Christ guarantees spiritual blessings to those who live up to its requirements (1 Peter 1:4).
    6. The law of Moses guaranteed to the Hebrews the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 30:5-10); the gospel guarantees eternal life beyond the grave to those who honor the Lord (1 John 5:20).
    7. The law of Moses required obedience to the one true God (Exodus 20:1-5); the gospel emphasizes the Fatherhood of God (Matthew 6:9).
    8. The law of Moses prohibited the people from taking the name of the Lord in vain (Exodus 20:7); the gospel requires that our communications be "yea" and "nay", declaring that everything beyond is evil (Matthew 5:37).
    9. The law of Moses required the Hebrews to remember the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11); in apostolic times, the people of God remembered the Savior in the feast that He ordained (Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29) on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
    10. The law of Moses required children to honor their parents (Exodus 20:12); the gospel requires children to obey their parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4).
    11. The law of Moses prohibited murder (Exodus 20:13); the gospel prohibits hatred (1 John 3:15).
    12. The law of Moses forbade adultery (Exodus 20:14); the gospel prohibits even lust (Matthew 5:28).
    13. The law of Moses prohibits stealing (Exodus 20:15); the gospel prohibits stealing and requires benevolence (Ephesians 4:28).
    14. The law of Moses forbade the bearing of false witness (Exodus 20:16); the gospel requires us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
    15. The law of Moses prohibited covetousness (Exodus 20:17); the gospel requires us to do good unto men according to our opportunities (Galatians 6:10), and love our neighbors as ourselves (Romans 13:10).

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