Bible Verses "Abolishing" Law Explained
On this page we will explain the truth behind the Bible verses that Christians use to suggest that the law, the ten commandments of God have been done away with and abolished. So many Christians today take small Bible verses completely out of context and don't take in the WHOLE council of God, which is so important to be able to see the truth on topics like the law of God, the Bible ten commandments.
BIBLE VERSE 1 - Matthew 5:17 .....'Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.'
Now I'm always puzzled as to why Christians use this verse to say "Oh Jesus fulfilled the law, I don't need to keep it anymore!". Firstly, take a look at what Jesus said. He said that He did NOT come to destroy (abolish) the law. That tells us straight away then that the law stills stands right? Because if it isn't abolished, then it still stands. That's straight forward logic. Second, yes Jesus did come to fulfil the law. But what does that mean? He kept it perfectly, but there is a more accurate meaning to Jesus "fulfilling" the law. If you take a look at the original Greek word for fulfil, it actually means "to bring full meaning" or to "exalt". So the truth of this Bible verse is that Jesus did not come to abolish the law (the Bible ten commandments), He came to EXALT it and to bring FULL MEANING to it! He came to show us HOW to keep God's law, the ten commandments.
BIBLE VERSE 2 - Romans 6:14 .....'For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.'
This must be the most popular Bible verse to say that the law is abolished. That well loved phrase I hear Christians quoting all the time, "I don't need to keep the law now, I'm under grace, not under the law". This is one of those Bible verses that Christians take ON IT'S OWN and ignore the context of what is being said. Look at what Paul said in the very next verse: "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid!".
GOD FORBID that we should use Jesus' perfect life and sacrifice for our weakness and sin, to CARRY ON sinning. What a cost our sin was. Are we now going to say "Ah well, I'm under grace now, it's ok if I keep on sinning and living a worldly life". Forgive the CAPS, but I cannot stress how wrong this thinking is. TO COUNT THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, AS SUCH A CHEAP THING AND TRAMPLE IT UNDERFOOT, AND USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO CONTINUE IN SIN, IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING INDEED!
So what does it mean to not be under the law? Well, what is the penalty of sin? Death right? (Romans 6:23) So what does being "under" the law mean? It means being under the death penalty of sin. Jesus freed us from this, and those who are IN Christ Jesus, those who take up their cross and follow Him, are no longer under that death penalty, because Christ paid it for us. Do you see this truth? It doesn't in any way mean we don't need to keep the ten commandments anymore.
BIBLE VERSE 3 - Romans 8:1-2 .....'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.'
This Bible verse should be pretty straight forward, but many Christians take the first bit and the last bit of this verse and ignore the middle bit. "Oh I'm not under condemnation now, I'm free from the law". There are two things to clarify with this. First, the Bible verse says that there is no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus, who WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH. So what does that mean? It means that those who no longer live in sin, who live for Christ Jesus, are no longer under condemnation. And what are they free from? The law of sin and death. Is that the Bible ten commandments? No, the law of sin and death is what we explained above. Because of Adam and Eve, we all now have a natural tendency to sin, and what is the result of sin? Death! That is the law of sin and death. And those who are IN Christ Jesus, who no longer live in sin and the things of this world, are free from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death.
BIBLE VERSE 4 - Romans 7:4 .....'Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.'
Have a good think about this. First of all, does Paul say that the law, the ten commandments is dead? No, he says that WE are dead TO the law. So it isn't the law that is dead, but WE are dead to it. What does this mean? Well, there's a couple of things to take from this Bible verse. Are there any other Bible verses that say we are dead to something? Yes:
Romans 6:1-2 .....'What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 6:6-8 .....'Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.'
2 Timothy 2:11 .....'It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with him.'
1 Peter 2:24 .....'Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.'
Do you see this truth about what we are dead to? What did the law demand? Death for sin. That is what we are free from. In the eyes of the law, our bodies are dead. But we are alive through the Spirit of Christ Jesus, and we await our new sinless, immortal bodies at the resurrection. The law shows that we are sinners, but those who serve and obey Christ Jesus are covered by His blood, and we become "dead to the law", ie, we are no longer under the condemnation of it.
Do you see this? The law itself, the very moral law of God, the Bible ten commandments is not dead, because Jesus actually showed us HOW TO KEEP that law. So how can it now be dead? It's not possible. Another interesting part of the verse from Paul above, is where he says "we are dead to the law by the body of Christ, and are married to another". What law did Christ do away with BY HIS BODY? The priestly, ceremonial law. The Jews were "married" to this law, as it was a symbol of taking away sin, pointing to Christ Jesus. And now we are no longer "married" to those sacrificial laws, because Christ has become our sacrifice and we are now married to Him.
BIBLE VERSE 5 - Romans 7:6 .....'But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.'
How can we believe that the ten commandments have been done away with, when the Bible says that we should keep the spirit of the law and not the letter? Did Jesus not teach us to keep the "spirit" of the law? Is keeping the spirit of the law not more difficult than keeping the letter? Think about it; The letter of the ten commandments says that we should not commit adultery. The spirit of the law, which Jesus taught us Himself, says that we should not even THINK about commiting adultery in our minds. So which one is harder? The Spirit of course! And yet the majority of Christians somehow use this as an excuse to not keep the ten commandments. The spirit and the letter are not separate. If you are keeping the spirit of the law, then you are also keeping the letter.
This is what the Pharisees had a problem with. They kept the law purely to the letter, and did not keep it out of love for God. This was death unto them! And anyone who tries to keep JUST the letter of the law, it will be death unto them also. But through Christ, we have been freed from the condemnation of the letter of the law, and we now keep the ten commandments in newness of life, in the Spirit. The ten commandments are now written on our hearts and minds, and those who are in Christ Jesus, keep them in spirit, not just in the oldness of the letter.
BIBLE VERSE 6 - Galatians 3:24-25 .....'Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.'
Take a look at the context of these verses. In the same chapter in verse 19, it says that the law was ADDED because of transgression. Now if this is also talking about the ten commandments, the moral law of God, then what was it ADDED to? There is nothing to add it to. But if we take this verse in truth and apply it to the ceremonial laws and the priestly service, then it makes sense. The ceremonial laws were ADDED to the ten commandments, BECAUSE OF SIN AGAINST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Do you see this? So then, the "schoolmaster" is the priestly service, containing the ceremonial laws, which pointed to Christ Jesus, as He became our sacrifice for sin, and our High Priest.
BIBLE VERSE 7 - Galatians 5:18 .....'But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.'
Now again, to fully understand and explain this Bible verse, we need to read on ..... Galatians 5:19-25 .....'Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.'
This is amazing! Many professing Christians who think they live in the Spirit and are free from God's commandments are ACTUALLY UNDER THE LAW! How? Because even though they "profess" to be in the Spirit, they actually continue to commit the works of the flesh as shown above. And what did Paul say? He said that those who continue to commit the works of the flesh will NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD! Therefore, they are NOT led by the Spirit and they are STILL under the law (under the death penalty for sin).
Think about it, what do all these "works of the flesh" above go against? What are they sins against? It's very clear that they are sins against the ten commandments. So how can we say that we are free from keeping the ten commandments when to not do the works of the flesh above, we would need to KEEP God's commandments? Adultery, Idolatry, Murder, Envy, are these not revealed in God's moral law of love? So how can we say we are free from it, when the above Bible verse explains that if we continue in these things we will NOT enter the kingdom of God?
Now many professing Christians will say, "Oh, I live in the Spirit, I'm not under the law anymore!" And then they will go and show many of the works of flesh listed above in their lives. No, Paul said that if you are truly living in the spirit, then you will WALK in it, and not continue to commit the above sins of the flesh. THEN you will not be under the CURSE of the law, which as we have already explained, demands death for sin.