Is The Law Of God Done Away? (Part 5)

by: Wayne Schatzle


When I get in confusing arguments over bible related thing and various scriptures are used as swords by quoting Paul, James, Peter or other personalities, I will usually stop, clear my mind and limit my study to just what Jesus said. In my bible, like most others, the first person quotations of Jesus are recorded in red which makes it easy to locate for study. On the topic of whether the Law was done away, consider these brief statements from Matthew five: “do not think I have come to destroy the Law”… “whoever breaks one of the least of the commandments and teaches men to do so shall be called the least in the Kingdom of God.” Chapter 7 “…depart from me you who practice lawlessness.” Chapter 13 “…and they will gather out of His Kingdom those who practice lawlessness and cast them into the furnace of fire.” Chapter 19 contains a story any person may want to ask of Jesus… “what good thing may I do to enter into eternal life?” Jesus responded: “If you wish to enter into eternal life: KEEP the commandments, and if you want to be perfect: sell what you own and give it to the poor”. If anyone would say that to you today, the cry would be heard that is salvations by works- but I think few would say that to Jesus.

     On several occasions Christ quoted from the law and showed that the spirit of that particular law was much greater, such as hating someone was the same as murder. He raises the bar to a new height for a Spirit led believer yet does not “do away” with the letter of the law against murder. 

     It is common to hear ministers today downgrade the “law of Moses” as some burden or unnecessary code for modern man. But you will search in vain to read that Moses was the originator of the laws! A causal reading will show that God told Moses what to say because the people did not want God talking directly to them. The clincher is, that revealed in the “new Testament” we see that the One giving instructions to Moses was none other than Jesus before His incarnation to fleshly man.

     We also see the red letters of Jesus appearing in the book of Revelation. In the letters to the seven churches we see Jesus urging them to overcome their trials and promising rewards for their good works. Oddly, one church hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as Christ does, and is commended , and another has people that embrace the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. One can quickly read over that archaic name and fail to grasp the importance. Post apostolic history reveals that this was the origins of the anti-law doctrine we see today, possibly brought in by a man named Nicolaus who was the first proselyte to gain a office in the Church {Acts 6}. {Inter. Std. Bible Encyc. pp 2142-3}

     The “great Commission” to the church in Matthew 28 is oft quoted about going throughout the world converting people and baptizing them, but also Jesus said: teaching them to OBSERVE all things that I have commanded you. That seems to be the missing element in preaching today. In the quest of making conversion easy, the “no works” gospel has deleted the integral part of repentance. As Jesus instructed the woman at the well: your sins are forgiven, now go and SIN NO MORE.   {John 8:11}           {copies of all parts to this topic available}           2/04

Written by Wayne Schatzle, director, Freedom Biblical Information Center
P.O. Box 1806, West Chester OH 45071)