I must admit this wasn’t something that I was particularly interested in beyond the general interest I have in all of God’s Word. But the Lord desired me to really study His Word concerning the Law. I have had several people email me asking questions about it. I also got a comment on a previous post about the OT dietary laws. Beyond that I had been noticing more and more over the last few years an increase in the interest of believers following the OT dietary laws, feast and other regulations. I’m not talking about Jews who have become believers but Gentile believers whom are turning to follow the Law.
It was clear to me in the NT that believers are not bound by the Law and are even warned to not return to the Law. However, when I ran across this teaching essentially I ignored it as a wrong teaching and something to pity those who fell into it. But the Lord has convicted me that this isn’t just some wrong teaching but is a false Gospel. We are not talking about the differences between denominations but the differences between being a Christian and a Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness.
There is so much of the NT that deals with this return to the Law. The whole books of Galatians and Hebrews are full of warning about returning to the Law. All through the NT you can find references to the Law, Covenants and returning to the OT Law. Paul warns the Galatians of this False Gospel with dire warnings of having “fallen from Grace” or being “under a curse”. That is downright serious and thus I’m convicted by the Lord that I should not have let that slide without confronting it.
Galatians 5:4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. ESV
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” ESV
Also as Terry and I discussed those who are teaching this return to the Law also tend to focus on what name they use to refer to Jesus and God. I don’t know if that is consistent or not just something we’ve noticed. Many of the differences in interpretation are furthermore blamed upon the differences in Bible translations with of course the KJV being the preferred translation. I don’t know what significance those features all have with each other though.
So let us examine the Scriptures and see what they say about the Law and specific portions of it such as Dietary Laws, Circumcision, Sabbath observance, etc.
Because this subject can get so convoluted with different topics and verses I’m going to try to stick with one idea at a time.