In order to understand why Romans, Galatians and Hebrews are so great, consider some of these laws from the Old Testament that God’s people utterly failed to keep… and so will you if you try.
You can’t kindle a fire on the sabbath. Exodus 35:3
You cannot sow your field with mingled seed. Leviticus 19:19
You cannot wear a garment of mingled linen and wool. Leviticus 19:19
When you come into the land, consider the fruit uncircumcised (it hasn’t been marked as the LORD’s) and you can’t eat it for three years. Leviticus 19:23
You shall not round the corners of your heads, nor mar the corners of thy beard. Leviticus 19:27
If you curse your father or mother, you shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:9
If you commit adultery, the man and the woman shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:10
You shall not make baldness upon your head, neither shall you shave off the corner of your beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. Leviticus 21:5
If a daughter of a priest plays the whore, she shall be burnt with fire. Leviticus 21:9
You are not to gather sticks on the sabbath day. A man was stoned to death for this. Numbers 15:32-36
Fringes are to be made for the borders of your garments, and you are to put a ribband of blue on the fringes. Numbers 15:38
No stranger or uncircumcised person is to enter God’s sanctuary. Ezekiel 44:9 (Jesus wants ALL to come to Him! Circumcision doesn’t matter!)
But when the people of the land shall come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it. Ezekiel 46:9 (So many rules!)
If a man lies with another man, they shall both be put to death. Leviticus 20:13
If a man take his sister and see her nakedness, they shall be cut off in the sight of their people. Leviticus 20:17
If a man takes a wife and her mother, they shall all be burnt with fire. Leviticus 20:14
If you lie with your father’s wife, both of you shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:11
If a man lies with his daughter in law, both of them shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:12
If anyone in Israel gives his children to Molech, he shall be put to death by stoning. Leviticus 20:2 (I could get on board with this one!)
If you lie with a slave woman betrothed to a husband, she shall be scourged. Leviticus 19:20
You cannot let your cattle gender with a diverse kind. Leviticus 19:19
If a man or a woman lie with a beast, he and the beast shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:15-16
And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. Leviticus 27:30-34
(2 Corinthians 9:7 says, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver).
If you have a blemish, are blind, or lame, or have a flat nose, or anything superfluous, or brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, or a crooked back, or a dwarf, or have a blemish in your eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or have broken bones, you shall not come near to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire or to offer the bread of God, you must not come nigh unto the altar. Leviticus 21:17-23 (Yet Jesus said to come! Jesus loves the lame and blind and diseased! Things changed when Jesus came. The law that wasn’t working was fulfilled and done away with because something better took its place. To deny that by trying to keep the law is denying the work of Jesus on the cross!)
Now Let’s Look at ROMANS…
2:12- If you didn’t have the law, you won’t be judged by it.
5:13- no law = no sin
4:15- The law brings sin. If no law, no sin. We do need the law… so that we know we’re sinners!
2:27- Uncircumcision is by nature and fulfills the law just as… circumcision can also transgress the law!
2:25- If you break any of the law, your circumcision is uncircumcision anyway!
3:10- All have sinned!
3:19- Those under the law need the law so that they’ll see that they are guilty before God!
3:20- You cannot be justified by God thru the law!! By the law is knowledge of sin!
7:12-13- The law is holy and good! It makes us to know our sin!
Why do we have the law? So that we can all realize we’re guilty!
3:24- But we are JUSTIFIED FREELY by His grace in Jesus!!
3:27-28- “the law of faith”- We are JUSTIFIED by FAITH without any of the law!
3:30- Law-keepers (circumcision) AND non-law-keepers (uncircumcision) are JUSTIFIED by FAITH! Not law!
4:14- If law-keepers are justified, faith is made VOID! We can’t have it both ways!
“For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.”
6:1-2- We are DEAD to sin so we shouldn’t be living in it.
6:3-4- We are baptized into His DEATH! Buried with Him. And now we walk in newness of LIFE!
7:1-4- If you are dead to sin, the law is dead, you can’t even be bound by it. You aren’t under something that was buried! You are free!
6:6-7- The body of sin is destroyed, we should not serve sin. He that is dead is FREED from sin!
6:14- Sin and law don’t have dominion over you! We are under GRACE!
7:6- We are delivered from the law! We should serve in newness of Spirit, not in the oldness of the law!
7:15-25 & 8:1- We can’t walk after the Spirit AND the flesh (law). So if we’re walking after the Spirit, there is no condemnation!
8:2- Jesus has made us free from the law!
8:8-9- Law-keepers can’t please God.
8:17- What an HONOR!! We are children, heirs, joint-heirs!! With Christ!!
13:8- He that loves another has FULFILLED the law!!
14:17- It’s not about what we eat and drink, it’s about peace and JOY.
Matthew 23:4- For they bind heavy BURDENS and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
James 1:25- “the perfect law of liberty”!!!
James 2:10- if you offend in just ONE part of the law, you are guilty of breaking ALL the law.
Ephesians 2:15- He abolished the law of commandments! The law was a wall between us and God. Jesus broke down the wall!
2 Corinthians 3:17- Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.
Acts 13:39- We are made justified by Jesus; it can’t be by the law of Moses.
Acts 21:21- We ought NOT to circumcise or walk in their customs, we are NOT to keep the law.
Revelation 8:4- It used to be animal sacrifices that made a sweet savor to the LORD. Now it’s prayer that is as incense to the LORD! Offer Him your prayer!!
1 Timothy 1:9-10- The law is for sinners! To show them their need for a Savior.
Oh There’s More! Let’s Check Out GALATIANS.
2:21- If righteousness comes by obeying all the law, Christ died for nothing.
3:3- If you’re saved by faith, why are you trying to follow the law for righteousness?
3:10- If you’re trying to keep the law, you are under the curse of the law.
3:11- NO ONE is justified by the law.
3:13- Christ made Himself the curse for us so that we are redeemed from the curse of the law.
3:19- Why do we have the law? So that we would know our sinfulness.
3:21- But the law is not against the promise of God.
There was no law that could give LIFE like Jesus did. The law couldn’t/ can’t do what Jesus did!
3:24- The law was/ is our teacher to bring us to Christ to be saved. We need to know we’ve fallen short and need a Savior!
3:25- After we’re saved, we are no longer under the law!
4:1 & 7- Heirs are the same as Jesus who is LORD of all.
4:4-5- Jesus came being under the law to redeem them that were under the law!
4:9 & 21- Why do you turn to the weak and beggarly elements (the law) when you’ve been saved? Do you desire to be in bondage again?
4:31- We are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
5:1- BOOM. Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ hath made us FREE, and be not ENTANGLED again with the yoke of BONDAGE (law).
5:2-3- IF you think you need to circumcise to be “Christ-like,” “Biblical,” or “godly,” Christ profits you NOTHING. (If you think you need to keep the law, Christ profits you nothing). If you circumcise to keep the law (or if you think you need to keep a certain law), you are in DEBT to ALLLL the law.
5:4- If you think you can be justified by the law, you have FALLEN FROM GRACE.
5:5- We gain RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH!
5:6 & 6:15- Circumcision means nothing.
5:13- You’ve been CALLED to LIBERTY! By love, serve one another.
5:14- ALLLL the law is fulfilled in this… Love others as yourself.
5:18- If you’re led of the Spirit, you are NOT under the law!
5:19-21- These things are of the flesh, NOT of the Spirit… Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness (sexual impurity), Lasciviousness (obsession with sex), Idolatry, Witchcraft (sorcery), Hatred, Variance (strife), Emulations (jealousy), Wrath, Strife (selfish ambitions), Seditions (rebellion), Heresies, Envyings, Murders, Drunkenness, Revellings (gluttony), and such like.
If we do these things, we are NOT walking after the Spirit, but after the flesh.
5:22-23- These things are of the Spirit and there is NO LAW AGAINST THESE…
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Self-Control.
The God of the Old Testament is still righteous and holy. There is punishment for sin and wickedness, God enforced that and wanted people to obey the law. But then He gave Jesus! The punishment is now done, there is no more earthly punishment for us from God, no sacrifices needed. No sacrifice or law-keeping can get you to Heaven. Jesus paid it all!
Lastly, Let’s Look at HEBREWS…
7:12- For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. (Change! JESUS!)
7:19- For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (A better hope! JESUS!)
7:22- By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. (A better testament!)
8:6- But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (A more excellent ministry! A better covenant! Better promises! It’s more excellent to have a tabernacle NOT made with hands! JESUS!)
8:7- For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (There would have been no need for a second way! The first covenant needed replaced).
8:8-9- For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. (A new covenant. NOT like the previous one! A new way of salvation/ grace/ law! JESUS!)
8:12- For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (The new way!)
8:13- In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (The old covenant to vanish away!)
9:11- But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. (Christ! A greater and more perfect tabernacle! JESUS!)