Some New Testament Perspective on the Law

We have been focused on the Law of Moses enough now to realize how tedious the material is. Referring to Leviticus, one gentleman said to me: “I must be honest in telling you that “it’s just not my cup of tea”. I find very little in it to help equip Christians for “living out the Christian life” on a day-to-day basis”.

I appreciate his candor and I can relate. But we are committed to reading through the Bible (all of it!) and we only have 2 more days in Leviticus!

Meditate for a moment on what the New Testament writers said about the Law of Moses:

“A burden … which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear” (Acts 15:10)

“The handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us” (Colossians 2:14)

“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4)

Law was “a tutor to bring us to Christ”. (Galatians 3:24)

The Laws were “a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:17)

“(God) has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”. (Colossians 2:14)

This all may sound like it was a futile institution. Not so! It served God’s purpose and Paul suggests that it was the best law ever (Galatians 3:21). But ultimately, that is all it was – a law – and a law cannot save. It made man aware of his need for a Savior and pointed to Jesus!

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

What are your thoughts on the Law?



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7 Responses to Some New Testament Perspective on the Law

  1. Mark

    Thank you Jimmy…perfect timing! I have to admit I too have gotten bogged down in all the details of the Old Law. I needed that to motivate me to keep reading…I will read on with thoughts of what was to come under His New Covenant!!! It may not seem relevant, or important, to us today, but it is. It’s like studying any other history…we may not like to do it, but it is important to know our past, in order to keep focused on our future!

    • Jimmy Haynes

      Thanks Mark – something else to kind of reinforce all of this for the Lakeshore Church people is that this Sunday we are going to begin a study of the New Testament book of Hebrews. So much of what we have been reading is referenced in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews talks about the tabernacle, the Priesthood, the scary scene at Mount Sinai, even the complaining in the wilderness. It was written to Jewish Christian thinking about turning away from Jesus and back to the law. With this background it should be an even more enjoyable / profitable study.

  2. Norma

    Studying the old law makes me ever so thankful for the perfect law of liberty and for the pure blood shed once for all by our Lord!

  3. Joy Lewis

    Every time I read through these laws I am reminded to be ever so thankful that I am not under it and that Jesus fulfilled it. Glad this part is almost over in our quest to read ALL of the Bible. Thank you, Jimmy, for your comments. I especially like F. LaGard’s comments before each section. They are very helpful in keeping me on track.

  4. Mary K

    As a female gentile Christian, I could argue that the intricate job description in Leviticus for priests has no relevance for me. But without it, I would know so much less about God that is important to know. For example, because of all this detail I know God wants his people to take Holiness seriously. I don’t know if I would have understood it as clearly without the detail that illustrates what being Holy means and how God feels about treating Holy things casually. If I want to please God, this is a good to know, whether under the New or the Old. I like Mark’s comment above about our advantage of better understanding the purposes of the Old Law because we have access to the New.

  5. Jude

    There were so many things required for sacrifices etc. I wonder how the people & especially the priests could have remembered each thing they were expected to do. They didn’t have all this in written form. And again I see throughout how God expects obedience from His people.

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