The Law of Moses – the Commandments, do they apply to the Christian?
I repeatedly observe Original Posts on FB mandating obedience to the Law of Moses-the Commandments and these contributors appear to be Rabbinical Judaizers, Black Hebrew Israelite Cultists, some appear to be Seventh Day Adventists. Is the Christian mandated by Scripture to conform to the Law of Moses-the Commandments in order to find righteousness (a right standing) with God the Father and grace and mercy and atonement for sin and life in Eternity?
It is my position that the Holy Spirit clearly articulates forgiveness of sin and eternal life as a Gift of Grace freely given by God the Father to anyone who repents of sin and sincerely believes that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay their sin-debt (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16) and that God’s Grace (unmerited favor) is a divine Gift through the Holy Spirit that cannot be earned or purchased via human effort. I understand the Holy Spirit to say that righteousness (a right standing) with God the Father manifests by grace through faith APART from the Law of Moses-the Commandments.
“Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the law. For the law merely brings awareness of sin. 21 But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Romans 3:20-22
The Holy Spirit also articulates that subsequent to believing in one’s heart that Jesus is God who died to pay their sin-debt, that person receives the Gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) and the life-long journey of sanctification (walking in obedience to the Spirit and the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15) and the Commands of Jesus) begins. Obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit “subsequent” to one’s confession of Jesus as Lord is the validation and authentication of that confession and the validation of one’s relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (James 2:14-26; Matthew 7:15-20); therefore, it is NOT by our works/effort by keeping a Law that we are saved but only by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Please consider this,
The Commandments and the 613-Levitical Laws were NEVER given to the Gentiles, not once (Acts 15). What “Law” did Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, conform too? Was it not the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15)? Is the Christian beholden to the Jewish Law or is the Christian beholden to the Law of the Spirit through the Conscience and the New Birth (Galatians 5:16)? What “Law” did the Apostles give to the Gentile Christians at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15?
The decision of the Jerusalem Council while considering the Law of Moses and the Gentile Christians,
1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” (skip to v. 8)
8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (skip to v. 24)
24 Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25 it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” Acts 15
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:21 (NASB)