72) Philippians 3:9: “and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;” Explanation: So again, what are you going to do with Acts 2:38, Matthew 7:23, Romans 6:1,2. Romans 6:15, and dozens of other intensely pro-law verses, act like they don’t exist? No, of course not. Verse 9′s “not having my own righteousness” criticizes and condemns law keeping ONLY when it is an isolated kind of righteousness INDEPENDENT of faith in the sacrifice of Jesus, relying ONLY on law keeping for righteousness. Both law keeping and faith together are required for salvation as explained by many other verses. There is far too much reasonable doubt that verse 9 actually supports an abandonment of law keeping. 73) Colossians 2:14: “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” Explanation: Briefly, what was nailed to the cross were merely our SINS, repeatedly referred to in the previous verse, described there as “transgressions.” No law of any kind was nailed to the cross. Go to the page ACTS 15:24, COLOSSIANS 2:14, AND EPHESIANS 2:15 DO NOT PROVE MOST LAWS WERE ABOLISHED. 74) Colossians 2:16: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink , or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths.” Explanation: An immediate clue that the Mosaic food laws could not be the subject here is the word “drink” since the dietary restrictions never prohibit any kind of drink, except blood, which of course never was a popular or widely accepted drink. Go to the page 7 VERSES MAINSTREAMERS CLAIM ABOLISH THE FOOD LAWS. 75) Colossians 2:20: “…… why …… do you subject yourselves to regulations-” Explanation: Briefly, this is a criticism of the excessively ascetic man made philosophy of certain people. Go to the previous page. 76) Colossians 2:21: “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” Explanation: Same as the previous explanation. 77)  Timothy 4:3: “forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” Explanation: Not only a “red flag,” but an almost blindingly bright, pulsating, “red flare” should go up after reading the words “forbidding to marry.” Since the Bible nowhere forbids marriage and instead strongly encourages it, “forbidding to marry” is an immediate tip off that whoever is teaching that and the “abstain from foods” part cannot be true Jews or genuine Christians, but rather a heretical, unrighteous group of people. Go to the previous page. 78) Timothy 4:4: “For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;” Explanation: The context here is not really about the forbidden foods, but rather about other good, tasty food that God has allowed us to eat “sanctified by the word of God” in the next verse, verse 5. The forbidden foods never were sanctified by God. Since this is an unrighteous, heretical, excessively ascetic group mentioning some things about food, whatever they say about food cannot be trusted and must be rejected. Go to the previous page. 79) Titus 3:9: “But avoid …… strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.” Explanation: The Greek for strivings refers to arguments so intense that physical, armed violence is possible, so this is not an admonishment to avoid discussing the law in a calm, reasonable way. It is merely a reminder to maintain decent behavior in such discussions. 80) Hebrews 7:12: “For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.” Explanation: Verse 11 pinpoints the exact law that was changed (abolished). It was the law previously allowing only members of the Aaronic priesthood to be the priests ministering to believers. Verse 11 does not refer to the entire set of Mosaic laws. Go to the page LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD ABOLISHED, NOT MOST OF THE OTHER LAWS. 81) Hebrews 7:18: “…… there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,” Explanation: Same as the previous explanation. 82) Hebrews 7:19: “for the law made nothing perfect;” Explanation: This is the same law explained in the previous 2 explanations. 83) Hebrews 7:22: “by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.” Explanation: Yes, the Old Covenant was abolished, or more technically, improved, and replaced by the New Covenant through the sacrificial death of Jesus. The Old Covenant was SEPARATE, though, from the laws listed in the Old Testament portion of the Bible. The Old Covenant never promised immortality, the Holy Spirit, or the complete forgiveness of sins, now made available in the New Covenant. The Old Covenant only promised protection from enemies, good health, and prosperity for obedience to God’s laws. Those are the main differences in the covenants. 84) Hebrews 7:28: “For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.” Explanation: This verse refers to the same now abolished law explained in 80, 81, and 82. 85) Hebrews 8:6: “…… He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established ON BETTER PROMISES.” Explanation: The very words “better promises” reveal that the Old and New Covenants deal basically with promises, not law keeping itself. Nearby Hebrews 8:10 proves that law keeping will be maintained. 86) Hebrews 8:7: “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.” Explanation: Same as the previous one. 87) Hebrews 8:8: “…… the days are coming …… when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel ……” Explanation: Same as the previous one. 88) Hebrews 8:9: “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 did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them ……” Explanation: Same as the previous one. Also, verse 12 reveals that complete forgiveness of PAST sins will become available to Christians, something that was not possible under the Old Covenant. 89) Hebrews 8:13: “…… ‘A new covenant.’ He has made the first obsolete.” Explanation: Same as the previous one. 90) Hebrews 9:1: “…… the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.” Explanation: Yes, the “ordinances” were abolished since they were part of the now abolished Old Covenant, but those ordinances involved ONLY the animal and grain sacrifice laws as revealed by verses 7,9,10, 12, 13, 18-22. Nothing in the entire 9th chapter even implies that other OT laws were annulled, with the exception of the Levitical priesthood. 91) Hebrews 10:1: “For the law …… can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” Explanation: As revealed within this and surrounding verses, the context overwhelmingly deals ONLY with the now abolished sacrifice laws, not with other OT laws. 92) Hebrews 12:24: “to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant .…..” Explanation: The Bible nowhere says or implies that all of the OT laws have been abolished. Improvements in the new covenant include the gift of the Holy Spirit and the opportunity to gain immortality. 93) James 1:25: “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed ……” Explanation: No verse says or even implies that the law of liberty does not contain some OT laws such as the festival and food laws, for example. The law of liberty has liberated law keeping Christians primarily from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death as revealed in Romans 8:2. 94) James 2:12: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.” Explanation: Pending.

To be continued.

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