Which Old Testament Laws Apply Today?


This short Bible study explains the easiest, surest way to know which Old Testament laws apply to New Covenant Christians. #BibleStudy

“When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening."  Leviticus 15:19 

"Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard." Leviticus 19:27

These are two of the hundreds of Old Testament laws that Christians don’t follow. 

But why?  

How can we determine which Old Testament laws apply to us today and which don’t?

Some Bible scholars divide laws into moral, civil and ceremonial. They explain that moral laws are for all time, while civil and ceremonial laws were specifically for Old Testament times. Unfortunately, there is some disagreement about which laws fit into each category.

The easiest, surest, way to know if an Old Testament law applies to us today is this: If it's commanded in the New Testament, it applies. If not, it doesn't. 

For more details, see No More Sacrifices, No More Dietary Laws, and The 9 Commandments.

copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.blogspot.com

This short Bible study explains the easiest, surest way to know which Old Testament laws apply to New Covenant Christians. #BibleStudy

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6 comments:

  1. Hi Gail. I have come across some teaching which seems to suggest that none of the old testament laws apply to Christians today, including the ten commandments. I was confused about this until I read your posts on the subject which helped to answer my questions, thank you. There's an awful lot of wrong thinking out there which is very worrying! Thanks again and God bless, Christine.

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    1. That blessed me to hear, Christine.
      Yes, many of the laws in the Old Testament still apply to us today!
      But Christ has fulfilled the laws that had to do with being "clean" and "unclean" before God - dietary, ceremonial, and cleansing were fulfilled in Him. Acts 10 and the book of Galatians talk about the end to external law-keeping. And the New Testament laws are about our hearts, minds, attitudes, and actions, not simply external practices.

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  2. Homsexuality is an abomination in Leviticus 18:22 and II Timothy 3:16-17 applies. Why not teach people to "rightly divide the Word of truth"? What I see is many Christians break off fellowship or effectively hate someone for what they perceive as "wrong thinking" but they won't have a conversation about the issues, perhaps because they don't know why unless John MacArthur, the Pope or Kenneth Copeland is around to help them. Or just get mad because someone disagreed with them!

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    1. Hi Daniel,
      I'm not sure I understand your comment.
      As the devotion states: "The easiest, surest, way to know if an Old Testament law applies to us today is this: If it's commanded in the New Testament, it applies. If not, it doesn't."

      You offer an example of a law that is re-commanded in the N.T. so nothing in this devotion would refute that.

      But I'm not sure I understand your comments about breaking off fellowship or hating people or your references to these human teachers?

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  3. This is ridiculous and not based in Scripture in any way. 1 John 3:4 says sin is transgression of the law, Yahweh's law. There is no Biblical distinction between "moral", "ceremonial", or "civil" laws. We are to live as "Jesus" lived and that was in accordance with the Torah. He is tbe same yesterday today and fire we and it is no longer I who live but Messiah in me.

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    1. Hi Unknown,
      I would assume from your ungracious way of wording your comment that you are angry, and in your anger you didn't fully read the devotion.

      It clearly explains that despite these scholarly distinctions (moral, ceremonial and civil), "The easiest, surest, way to know if an Old Testament law applies to us today is this: If it's commanded in the New Testament, it applies. If not, it doesn't."

      I am sad for you that you cannot enjoy the wonderful name of Jesus and the freedom from Old Testament law keeping. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament laws for me, thoroughly, completely, fully, 100%. Now I serve Him by obeying his New Testament commands because I love Him, not because they save me.

      May you come to understand the true Gospel.

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