What happened to the law? It was abolished – at least, this is the conclusion of most Christians including some very brilliant theologians. After all, there are many suppositions, based on Biblical truths, used to justify this conclusion:
- The law began with Moses at Mount Sinai, and it ended with Jesus at the cross.
- The law was weak and ineffective as a means of salvation; therefore, the LORD sent His Son to do what the law failed to do.
- Because the law is inextricably linked to God’s covenant with Israel, when Israel broke the first covenant, it became null and void, and its commandments and laws were abolished.
- The second covenant was made because fault was found in the first covenant.
- The new covenant made the first covenant “old," thus the laws of the first covenant were abolished.
- Jesus fulfilled the law; and therefore, the law was abolished because it was no longer needed.
- The Law of Moses resulted in wrath, death and condemnation.
- The reason that we are not “under the law” is because it has been abolished.
- The LORD took away the first covenant so He could establish the second covenant.
- The law was abolished because it was a wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile.
Keep in mind, these epistles were written to Gentile churches; they were not written to the apostles or any other Jewish believers in Jesus. Moreover, by the time Paul wrote these two epistles, he had already finished all of his missionary journeys; he had already written most of his other epistles; everything written in the book of Acts had already taken place; and half of the original twelve apostles were dead.
Is it possible that God did not inform the original twelve apostles any sooner than 63AD that He had abolished His Own law – and then when He did inform them, He did so second-hand through epistles that were not addressed to them? If so, it would mean the apostles preached the Gospel to the Jewish community for three decades without informing them that the law had been abolished.
- BEFORE THE CRUCIFIXION.
- DURING THE CRUCIFIXION.
- AFTER THE CRUCIFIXION.