LIST OF MAJOR VERSES THAT MAINSTREAMERS USE TO TRY TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT THE FOOD, FESTIVAL, AND SOME OTHER OT LAWS HAVE BEEN DONE AWAY WITH

 

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Amazingly, going against all common sense, most mainstream Christian churches INSIST on using the English translations, and ONLY the English translations of the Bible to interpret some law keeping verses! To make matters even worse, the vast majority of the English translations are slightly BIASED AGAINST OLD TESTAMENT LAW KEEPING!! They REFUSE to acknowledge the first, primary definitions of the original, critically important Greek words in too many of those sometimes seemingly at first glance ambiguous, “controversial” verses. 

Before you read the list of verses that mainstreamers twist out of context, remember that you can confidently assume that God is not deliberately lying to you in any verse because He told us that He does not lie. Hebrews 6:18: “……it is impossible for God to lie ……” Reasoning logically, God has also indicated that, in this pre-Millennial age when the first resurrection’s “first fruits” are being chosen and trained to rule and teach, He is not trying to use the Bible to deliberately confuse the extremely blessed and the extremely lucky who have been personally selected from a very large number of “wannabe” Christians, and truly “called” by God the Father. John 6:65,66,67,68: “…… NO ONE can come to Me unless it has been GRANTED to him by My Father.’ 66 From that time MANY of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” 1 Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not the author of confusion.” Therefore we can confidently assume that the original Greek in the New Testament is not really self contradictory concerning law keeping. Since God will not lie or try to confuse us then we need to really believe LITERALLY the following 13 verses that plainly tell us that Christians still need to obey the law.

1) 1 John 3:4: “…… SIN IS THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW

2) Romans 2:13: “For not the hearers of the LAW are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the LAW will be justified.”

3) Romans 6:1,2: “…… Shall we continue in SIN that grace may abound? 2 CERTAINLY NOT! How shall we …… live any longer in it?” 

Romans 6:1,2: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on doing WRONG THINGS so that God will be more kind to us? 2 NO, SURELY NOT! We died to our WRONG WAYS and no longer live in them.” (Worldwide English [New Testament])

Romans 6:1,2: “So what do we do? Keep on SINNING so God can keep on forgiving? I SHOULD HOPE NOT! 2 If we’ve left the country where SIN is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? (The Message) The word “SIN” appears in this and other verses, so remember, according to 1 John 3:4 above, it means ONLY one thing, BREAKING either the food, festival, tithing, Saturday rest, or some other OT or NT law or a combination of those laws.

4) Romans 6:15: “…… Shall we SIN because we are not under LAW but under grace? CERTAINLY NOT!” 

5) Romans 3:31: “Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need to OBEY God’s LAW? JUST THE OPPOSITE! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly OBEY Him.” (The Living Bible)

6) Romans 6:16: “Do you not know that …… you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of SIN leading to death, or of OBEDIENCE leading to RIGHTEOUSNESS?” 7) Romans 6:18: “And having been set free from SIN, YOU BECAME SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.” 8) Romans 6:19: “…… For just as you presented your members as slaves of UNCLEANNESS, and of LAWLESSNESS leading to more LAWLESSNESS, SO NOW PRESENT YOUR MEMBERS AS SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HOLINESS.” The Greek definition of UNCLEANNESS includes the Levitically “unclean” or forbidden foods. The Greek definition of LAWLESSNESS refers primarily to breaking the Old Testament, Mosaic LAWS. The word “righteousness” in these Roman verses usually refers to the Jewish LAW keeping type of righteousness. So according to the green, capitalized phrase above, Paul clearly commands us to start or to continue obeying the LAW.

9) Matthew 19:17: “….. BUT IF you want to enter into life, KEEP the commandments.” 10) Revelation 22:14: “Blessed are those who DO His commandments, that they may HAVE THE RIGHT to the tree of life ……” Remember, the commandments contain the one to rest on Saturday, not Sunday, a practice the Catholics started.

11) JUDE 1:4: “…… (impious, PROFANE) persons …… PERVERT THE GRACE …… of our God into LAWLESSNESS ……” (The Amplified Bible)

12) Matthew 7:23: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS.” 13) Matthew 13:41,42: “…… His angels …… will gather …… those who practice LAWLESSNESS 42 and will cast them into the FURNACE OF FIRE (probably the nuclear kind of fire described in 2 Peter 3:7-12 when “the elements will melt with fervent heat”). THERE WILL BE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.” (NKJV parenthesized words added)

LIST OF MAJOR VERSES THAT MAINSTREAMERS USE TO TRY TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT THE FOOD, FESTIVAL, AND SOME OTHER OT LAWS HAVE BEEN DONE AWAY WITH          

1) ROMANS 6:14: “…… you are NOT UNDER LAW but under grace.” (NKJV) This verse is very generalized and concise, so a little reasonable discernment is needed to correctly understand it. It is also unnecessarily even more confusing by using the most anti-Old Testament law translation possible for the Greek word hupo usually translated as “under.” Hupo could just as easily be translated “among,” “by,” “from,” “in,” “of,” or “with.” Mainstreamers insist that this verse can be isolated and is absolute and can stand on its own, no matter what the rest of the Bible says. (Good luck with that kind of highly twisted thinking.) Traditional Christians seem to hope that you will not look at the next verse too long or think about it too much, verse 15, because it clearly states that Christians still need to avoid sinning (1 John 3:4: “Sin is the violation of the law [torah]”), which OBVIOUSLY means to STOP breaking the law. The ONLY, one more time, the ONLY way to stop breaking the law is to OBEY THE LAW. This is what the next verse, Romans 6:15, says: “What then, shall we SIN because we are not under law but under grace? CERTAINLY NOT!” (NKJV) Mainstreamers seem to also hope that you will not think too much about the real definition of GRACE (which definitely requires law keeping, too), because it requires the presence of the Holy Spirit according to Galatians 5:18: “But if you are led by the SPIRIT, you are not under the law.” (NKJV) According to Acts 2:38: “Peter replied, ‘All of you MUST TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SINS and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the the HOLY SPIRIT.’ ” (New International Reader’s Version) So the ONLY way to acquire the Holy Spirit is to stop sinning, which again means to stop breaking the law. The only way to stop breaking the law is to obey the law. The part of the law that law keeping Christians are now no longer under, that Paul most likely was referring to, is the automatic death penalty, or the second half of the law (the penalty part) according to Romans 8:2, which is a very, very “big deal.” Romans 8:2: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.” Numbers 15:35 provides an example of the former death penalty law being automatically applied to a man caught working on a Saturday. The Lord commanded that he be killed (apparently regardless of even sincere repentance from the sinner). Law keeping Christians are also no longer under the Apostle itemized sacrifice, circumcision, and Levitical priesthood laws, described by them as now abolished. According to Strong’s and Thayer’s deeper definition of hupo it appears, speculating, that Romans 6:14 could also be translated as “You are moderately not under the law but under grace” or “You are covertly not under the law but under grace.”

2) ROMANS 7:6: “But now we have been DELIVERED FROM THE LAW ……” This is another tricky verse that can be explained by the above explanation for Romans 6:14. The meaning of Romans 7:6 can logically also be discerned further through a simple process of elimination. This verse obviously CANNOT refer to all or even a majority of the Old Testament laws since the New Testament explicitly lists many of them by name, which when violated by a sinner, will result in eternal condemnation (death) according to the New Testament. Lying, murder, adultery, breaking any of the Ten Commandments, homosexuality, fornication, etc. are some examples. So you cannot say that Christians have been delivered from those laws. If you say that Romans 7:6 refers to all the Old Testament laws NOT mentioned in the New Testament, then you will need to admit that Christians have now been “delivered” from the laws prohibiting bestiality, prohibiting the prosecution of an innocent son for a crime committed by his father, prohibiting the destruction of property landmarks, prohibiting people from being members of a vandalizing mob, and prohibiting putting stumbling blocks in front of helpless blind people, etc., which of course makes no sense at all. This verse must therefore be about one or maybe several very specific Old Testament laws that should be able to be detected from the context of Romans 7 and nearby Romans 6 and Romans 8. Ezekiel 18:4: “…… The soul who sins shall die.” Ezekiel 18:20: “The soul who sins shall die. ……” The central, major subject in Romans 6 and 7 is DEATH, DEATH, DEATH and SIN. The word “death” appears in Romans 6 and 7 a tremendous number of times compared to the chapters in the other books of the Bible. Therefore the major law of sin and death most likely is the law that Christians have been delivered from in Romans 7:6. Romans 8:2 reveals that Christians are no longer under the law of sin and death. TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE NOW BEEN DELIVERED FROM THE OLD PENALTY PART OF THE LAW, WHICH WAS DEATH. Our wonderful Savior, Jesus, paid that terrible price of death for OUR SINS (primarily our past sins, not future, un-repented of sins [Romans 3:24,25]), but He paid it ONLY FOR LAW KEEPING CHRISTIANS!! For additional study please read the page ROMANS 7:4-6 INDICATES THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM THE SPECIFIC LAW OF SIN AND DEATH, OR THE PENALTY OF THE LAW, NOT THE GENERAL LAW.

3) EPHESIANS 2:15: “having ABOLISHED in His flesh the enmity, that is, THE LAW OF  COMMANDMENTS CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” (NKJV) Context and accurate Greek word definitions are critically important in understanding this “big gun” verse mainstreamers cling to. The key word in correctly understanding this verse is “ordinances.” Mainstreamers display a callous disregard for what the original Greek word, dogma, for ordinances really means. Dogma is rarely used (only 5 times) in the New Testament, and EVERY SINGLE TIME IT IS USED elsewhere it refers exclusively to MAN MADE, MAN INVENTED, MAN CONCOCTED laws, decrees, ordinances, edicts, opinions, or judgments, N-E-V-E-R GOD GIVEN, DIVINE, BIBLICALLY RECORDED LAWS. The FIRST, PRIMARY definition of dogma, when you research it yourself, refers to man made laws, decrees, etc. So there is not only reasonable doubt, but there is OVERWHELMING doubt that ordinances really refers to divine, Mosaic laws. Ephesians 2:14, the previous verse, says: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” The Greek for the “middle wall of separation” in verse 14 refers quite specifically to a real physical wall in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was a MAN MADE wall, not a divinely inspired wall, built by the Jews that was meant to prevent Gentiles from entering the inner portion of the Temple. The Jews demanded that any Gentile going past the MAN MADE ORAL TORAH INSPIRED wall must be EXECUTED, obviously creating considerable hatred or “enmity” between Jew and Gentile mentioned in verse 15. The Jews thought that they were the only righteous people on the earth, but the sacrificial death of Jesus has now allowed anyone to become righteous, thus destroying or literally making of no consequence the MAN MADE Oral Torah and the Jewish built wall, or “middle wall of separation.” So Ephesians 2:15 only reminds us that certain MAN CONCOCTED ordinances or laws have been abolished, that previously were barriers to salvation. Therefore too much very reasonable doubt (overwhelming doubt, actually) exists that Ephesians 2:15 really proves that Jesus abolished all GOD GIVEN, BIBLICALLY RECORDED, DIVINE OT laws.

4) 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.” (NKJV) Even some mainstreamers admit that this verse does not prove beyond reasonable doubt, and there is plenty of quite reasonable doubt here, that all OT laws have been annulled. Too many mainstreamers, though, continue to use this verse to try to prove OT laws have been abolished. Again, the previous verse, verse 13, provides the proper context to understand verse 14. Colossians 2:13: “And you, being dead in your TRESPASSES and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all TRESPASSES.” VIOLATIONS of the law (called trespasses or sins), NOT THE LAW ITSELF is the subject matter here. Trespasses are mentioned not only once but TWICE, so past recorded sins is the only logical and most likely context in these verses. The Greek for “requirements” is dogma, a very rarely appearing word in the Bible that NEVER elsewhere in the Bible refers to divine, God given laws. In the Bible dogma ALWAYS refers to something man made. Sins are man made or created by man. Jesus’ death “nailed our past mistakes or sins to the cross.” The law itself, which Jesus repeatedly upheld elsewhere in the New Testament, was not “nailed.”

5) GALATIANS 3:19: “What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, TILL THE SEED SHOULD COME to whom the promise was made ……” (NKJV) The word “transgressions” in this verse automatically proves that some set of divine laws was violated, laws that must have been pre-existing. If there were no laws previously, then transgressions could not have occurred. There is rock solid evidence that the 10 Commandments, which contained the Saturday Sabbath, the dietary laws [Genesis 7:1,2,8, 8:20], and the tithing law [Genesis 14:20], for some examples, were in full force BEFORE the Mosaic laws were formally codified. Therefore these PRE-EXISTING laws such as the 10 Commandments and other laws could not possibly have been the laws abolished since only the ADDED laws became annulled after the sacrificial death of Jesus (“till the Seed should come”). Paul, the author of this verse, is logically talking about temporary offerings and sacrifice laws ADDED at Mount Sinai to teach the people obedience. Jeremiah 7:22 shows that these sacrifice laws did not previously exist when the Israelites first left Egypt. Hebrews 9:8-13 and 10:1 give the clues about which laws were added then removed. Those verses discuss the offerings and sacrifice laws with their rituals, which SPECIFICALLY PINPOINTS the offerings and sacrifice laws as the laws that were ADDED THEN REMOVED, because verse 10: “….. imposed until the time of reformation” reveals that those laws would be removed and when they would be removed which was also explained in the above Galatians 3:19: “….. till the Seed should come.” Hebrews 9:8-11: “The Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was (still) standing. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience- 10 concerned only with foods and drinks (food and drink offerings), various washings (purification rites), (and) fleshly ordinances IMPOSED UNTIL THE TIME OF REFORMATION. 11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come ……..” The word “reformation” refers to the arrival and sacrificial death of Jesus. The sacrificial and ceremonial laws of washings, purification rites and similar physical ordinances were most logically the things that ended when Jesus died, not other Mosaic laws.

6) HEBREWS 7:11,12,15-19,27,28: “If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood …….. 12 For when the priesthood is changed, THE LAW MUST BE CHANGED ALSO ……… 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest NOT ON THE BASIS OF A REGULATION AS TO HIS ANCESTRY but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.’ 18 THE FORMER REGULATION IS SET ASIDE because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God …….. 27 Unlike the other high priests he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day …….. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.” (Today’s New International Version) The subject here in verse 18 is the annulling of ONLY ONE specific law concerning the physical, Aaronic priesthood, NOT ALL of the Mosaic laws. Verse 19: “(for the law made nothing perfect).” Which law made nothing perfect? Verse 11 PINPOINTS the exact law that made nothing perfect: the Levitical priesthood law. Many reputable translations explain in a more understandable way the transition (and abolishment or annulling) of the old Mosaic, Aaronic priesthood to the new priesthood led by Jesus Christ. Also, since when does one equal many? I thought one always equals one, not many dozens of laws. The above words “former regulation” contain no “s” in the word “regulation,” so it is far more likely only one specific law is being referred to here, not multiple laws. By reading the following 10 additional translations you can see that the emphasis is on ONLY a genealogical qualification or ONLY the law requiring an ancestral line of priests to serve that was nullified, NOT the entire law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:16-18:

“who was appointed to be a priest, not on the basis of a regulation concerning his ancestry, but rather on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared about Him, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ 18 Indeed, the cancellation of the former regulation has occurred because it was weak and ineffective.” — International Standard Version

“Who has been constituted a Priest, not on the basis of a bodily legal requirement [an externally imposed command concerning His physical ancestry], but on the basis of the power of an endless and indestructible Life. 17 For it is witnessed of Him, You are a Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. 18 So a previous physical regulation and command is cancelled because of its weakness and ineffectiveness and uselessness–” — The Amplified Bible

“who doesn’t become a [priest] based on a legal command concerning physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it has been testified: You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. 18 So the previous commandment is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable.” — Holman Christian Standard Bible

“who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement, concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of Him, ‘You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.’ 18 On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness.” — Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him, ‘You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’ 18 There is, on the one hand, the abrogation of an earlier commandment because it was weak and ineffectual.” — The New Revised Standard Version

“who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly mitzvah, but after the power of an endless life: 17 for it is testified, ‘You are a Kohen forever, According to the order of Malki-Tzedek.’ 18 For there is an annulling of a foregoing mitzvah because of its weakness and uselessness.” — Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible (Mitzvah refers not to all the Mosaic laws, but to only one of them.)

“He became a priest, not by meeting the old requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. 17 And the psalmist pointed this out when he said of Christ, ‘You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.’ 18 Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless.” — The New Living Translation

“who becomes, not after the torah of a fleshly misvah, but after the dynamis of an endless life. 17 For he witnesses, You are a priest to the eons after the order of Malki-Sedeq. 18 For indeed there becomes a putting away of the preceding misvah because of its frailty and unbeneficialness thereof.” (A misvah is about the same as a mitzvah.) — exeGeses Companion Bible

“16 for he is appointed not for possessing any legal physical qualifications, but by virtue of a life that cannot end.” — Goodspeed New Testament

“16 who is appointed not on the basis of a physical qualification but on the basis of a power flowing from a life that cannot end …….. 18 …….. the rescinding of a previous regulation takes place …….”— Williams New Testament

Again, what was annulled in verse 18 was the continuance of the Aaronic priesthood, not Old Testament laws as a whole. Old Testament laws certainly cannot be described as useless, weak, ineffective, unprofitable, or frail. Those laws literally save lives, preserve health, allow prosperity, and show reverence and obedience to our Creator. Many New Testament verses describe the “law,” which includes the Mosaic laws, as good, profitable, holy, just, and worthy of being upheld and established. The law referred to in verse 19 that made nothing perfect only refers to the law requiring the Levitical priesthood to teach righteousness, described specifically in verse 11 as a failure in perfection. Verse 28 further identifies what is weak: the Levitical high priests. The better hope brought in or introduced by Jesus involves the addition (not the abolition of anything except the Levitical priesthood law) of the gift of the Holy Spirit (not available in the Old Covenant), the gift of eventual immortality (also not available in the Old Covenant), and the gift of complete forgiveness of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus. Also, if the above Hebrew verses mean that all Old Testament laws have been done away with, we can now break laws of basic decency that even most pagan societies do not break, laws not specifically listed in the New Testament, such as the laws forbidding bestiality, bribery, membership in vandalizing mobs, removing property landmarks, convicting a son of a crime his father committed, eating parasite infested mice and rats, eating boiled poison dart frogs which can still kill you a year later, and incest which of course is a ridiculous supposition.

7) ROMANS 10:4: “For Christ is the END of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (NKJV) This is another marvelous opportunity for anti-Old Testament law leaning translators to choose the most anti-law definition of “end” from the various possible definitions of the original Greek and easily get away with it. The original Greek word for “end” is telos, Strong’s number 5056. Words used to define telos include GOAL, LIMIT, RESULT, PURPOSE, and AIM according to Strong and Thayer. Telos can also mean “end.” The context determines what a word means, or does not mean, when it can mean different things. Unfortunately, the majority of translators render the Greek word telos simply as “end” instead of giving Paul’s intended meaning of that word, WHICH WOULD BE GOAL, RESULT, PURPOSE, OR AIM. Reasoning incorrectly that faith makes the law void (dramatically contrary to Romans 3:31, 6:15, and many other strongly pro-law verses), translators have adopted an illogical assumption that Paul plainly rejected in Romans 3:31: “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” Romans 6:15 also teaches that each Christian needs to continue obeying the law: “What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid!” The Greek word telos, translated “end” in Romans 10:4 in most English translations, can convey variations in meaning, including “the aim or purpose of a thing” ( Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, “End, Ending”).

1 Timothy 1:5: “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.”  In the New King James Version telos is properly translated as PURPOSE in the clause “the PURPOSE of the commandment is love.” In this same verse the NRSV translates telos as “aim” and the NIV renders it as “goal.” So nearby Romans 3:31 and Romans 6:15 define the context of “end” in Romans 10:4 more as the “goal, aim, or purpose” of the law, rather than the literal “end” or “termination” of law keeping.

James 5:11: “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end INTENDED by the Lord-that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” This is another example of where the New King James Version again poorly translates telos as “end,” but in a very large number of other translations telos is translated as purpose, and sometimes as outcome, consummation, or completion. Job’s perseverance did not “end,” but instead was continuous and steady.

Another example of the poor translation of telos as “end” occurs in the NKJV in verse 9 of 1 Peter 1:8-10: “…… Though now you do not see HIM, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the END of your faith-the salvation of your souls. 10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you.” More accurate translations of verse 9′s “end” include the following: The New Simplified Bible says “outcome of your faith.” The Concordant Literal Version says “the consummation of your faith.” The World English Bible says “receiving the result of your faith.”  The Twentieth Century New Testament says “as you receive the reward of your faith.” A Christian’s faith is of course continuous and is not something that ends.

Paul uses telos in Romans 10:4 to convey that the objective or goal of the law—the “aim or purpose” of it, is to point us to the mind and character of Jesus Christ.

8) MATTHEW 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to FULFILL.” (NKJV) Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to MORE FULLY FILL UP the Law.” (A Plainer, More Literal Translation [not an official translation]) The original Greek word for fulfill is pleroo, Strong’s number 4137, which does not mean to replace, abolish, substitute, or perform for other Christians. Its FIRST, PRIMARY definition means to “make replete, level up, be full, perfect, fully preach, complete, or to fill.” Fulfill means to fill to the full in verse 17, to fill full, or fill fuller. Pleroo means basically “to add to,” or “supplement.” Joseph H. Thayer, famous Bible word expert, includes the following words in his definition of pleroo: “to furnish or supply liberally,” “liberally supplied,” “to render full,” “to fill up to the top,” “so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim,” “to make complete in every particular,” and “to render perfect.”

The same pleroo word was used in Matthew 13:48 in which nets were filled up with fish! Yes, in other verses pleroo is often used to signify the prophetic fulfillment or consummation of a prophesied event. However, no prophesy ever even hinted that the law would be “fulfilled” by Jesus in a way in which Christians would no longer need to obey the law. A law continues to be a law only if that law or rule is supposed to be obeyed. If it no longer needs to be obeyed then the law ceases to exist. Context, simple verse structure, and supporting verses elsewhere in the Bible define and limit how pleroo is to be defined. The following verses contain the pleroo word used in a way in which it obviously refers to an increase in number: Matthew 23:32, Luke 2:40, Luke 3:5, John 12:3, 15:11, 16:6, 16:24, Acts 2:2, plus …… (editing, will be completed soon).

Jesus added to, improved, and magnified the law. For example, in His famous Sermon on the Mount, He added to or refined (improved) the law at least eight times: 1) Matthew 5:22: refining further the law prohibiting murder, merely being angry with someone without a cause or seriously insulting someone is now a very serious sin, 2) 5:28: just looking at a woman lustfully is now equivalent to adultery, 3) 5:32: whoever marries a divorced woman now commits adultery (there may be one exception), 4) 5:34: never swear at all, 5) 5:39-42: if you are slapped on one cheek, let yourself be slapped on the other cheek and do not refuse to loan or give to others if they ask for a loan or help (there are obvious common sense exceptions since some people might argue that Jesus does not expect us to unnecessarily severely injure ourselves or damage or ruin ourselves financially giving to drug addicts, financial predators, etc.), 6) 5:44: instead of hating our enemies, we are now instructed to love, bless, pray for, and do good to our enemies, 7) 6:15: we must now forgive others instead of holding a permanent grudge, and 8) 7:1: do not judge others unless you want to be judged by the same criteria.

The following reputable translations help show that Jesus DID NOT “fulfill” the law in a way that clearly no longer required us to obey the law. He simply made the law better, adding to it, and refined it further. We still need to diligently observe many Mosaic laws.

Matthew 5:17: “You folks should not infer from customary presumption or from established supposition that I came to loosen-down or demolish the Law (or: Torah) or the Prophets. I did not come to loosen-down or demolish, but to the contrary, to fulfill (or: fill up) and make full.” — Jonathan Mitchell New Testament.

Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to set aside the law and the prophets; I have not come to set them aside, but to bring them to perfection.” — Knox New Testament.

Matthew 5:17: “Do not for a moment suppose that I have come to abrogate the Law or the Prophets: I have not come to abrogate them but to give them their completion.” — Weymouth New Testament. Mainstream Christians misinterpret pleroo to mean that Jesus has discharged Christians from the obligation to continue closely obeying the Mosaic laws.

God the Father is referring to His Son, Jesus Christ in Isaiah 42:1-4,6,7,19-21. Isaiah 42:21: “Jehovah is delighted for His righteousness’ sake; He WILL MAGNIFY the Law and make it honorable” — Green’s Literal Translation. Isaiah predicted that Jesus would MAGNIFY the law. No Old Testament prophet EVER even remotely hinted that Jesus would remove from each Christian the need to individually continue obeying the law. Other respected translations such as the John Nelson Darby Translation, A Conservative Version, English Jubilee 2000, New Heart English Bible, World English Bible, English Revised Version, American Standard Version with Strong’s, Updated King James Version, American King James Version, KJV Pure Cambridge Edition, Rotherham Emphasized Bible, Julia Smith Translation, Noah Webster’s KJV revision, Geneva Bible, Bishop’s Bible, Coverdale’s Translation, American Standard Version, Leeser Old Testament, Young’s Literal Translation, Concordant Literal Version, and the Interlinear Hebrew Old Testament also use the word “magnify” in Isaiah 42:21.

9) ROMANS 7:4-6: “……..you also have become DEAD TO THE LAW through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit TO DEATH.  6 But now we have been DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” To understand these verses other verses must be acknowledged as equally valid. Mainstreamers approach Romans 7:4-6 with a shallow, “knee jerk” reaction. These verses require a very close analysis to understand them correctly. Note that in Romans 7 MAJOR, MAJOR, one more time, MAJOR EMPHASIS is on DEATH, DEATH, DEATH which is the penalty part of the law for sinning, as shown in Romans 7:5,6,9,10,11,13, and 24, which is distinctly different from the obedience part of the law. What law have Christians become dead to and delivered from? Near the beginning of the very next chapter Romans 8:2 pinpoints the exact law that they have been delivered from, THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH. The specific law of sin and  death, or the penalty part of the law (the second half of the law) for breaking the law, is different from the other part of the law, law keeping (the first half of the law). Romans 7:4 says that YOU, presumably a law keeping Christian, have become dead (or immune) to the law (the penalty part of the law). Verse 4 DOES NOT say that the law has become dead. A powerful clue that these Roman 7 verses DO NOT indicate that the obedience part of the law, law keeping itself, has ended is that the word “sin” occurs frequently throughout the entire NT, 127 times in the New International Version. 1 John 3:4  defines sin as the transgression of the law. The Greek in 1 John 3:4 shows that the law includes many still applicable OT laws such as the tithing, dietary, and festival laws. If Jesus abolished the law, sin then becomes non-existent because laws no longer exist to break. But since the Bible all the way to Revelation repeatedly warns Christians to avoid sin, defined Biblically as breaking the law, then the law is shown to still exist and be in full force. Also, if mainstreamers are correct that these Roman 7 verses provide permission to abandon law keeping then the Ten Commandments no longer need to be obeyed. The first Commandment is to worship only the one true God, not other gods. To interpret Romans 7:4-6 as proof that obedience to the law, which would include obeying the first Commandment, has become obsolete is  absurd, of course. Look at Romans 7:7 and 7:12. “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law……..” The “oldness of the letter” in Romans 7:6 refers to the original, legal condemnation for breaking  the law, which was the automatic death penalty part of the law for violating the law (Numbers 15:35, Mark 7:10, etc.). Romans 7:12: “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” Verses 7 and 12 emphasize that observing the majority of the Mosaic laws is still a necessary and integral part of Christianity. These verses are addressed to baptized Christians with the Holy Spirit faithfully obeying divine laws, thereby nullifying or suspending for themselves the penalty, AND ONLY the penalty, not the obedience part of the law, for violating Biblical laws. Verse 6: “But now we have been delivered from the law …..” The Greek word for “delivered” is katargeo, Strong’s number 2673, which means literally “to reduce to inactivity,” leaving open the interpretation that the law itself has not been abolished or destroyed, but that its potency or penalties have been rendered inactive. Loss of being is not implied, but loss of well being. Katargeo also appears in other verses such as Luke 13:7 in which a figless fig tree was making the ground it covered useless and inactive (but not abolishing or destroying the ground). Romans 7:4-6 merely reminds us that Christians, and only Christians, are no longer subject to the previously automatic death penalty for sinning. Since the context of a significant number of verses near Romans 7:4-6 involves DEATH, and since a relatively very large number of equally valid verses scattered throughout the entire New Testament clearly support the obedience part of the law, the most reasonable conclusion is that the context of Romans 7:4-6 involves only the penalty part of the law that Christians have now “died to.” Romans 7:4-6 therefore does not prove beyond reasonable doubt (especially since there is quite an abundance of doubt) that the obedience part of the law has been abolished.

10) GALATIANS 5:1-3,4: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and DO NOT BE ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH A YOKE OF BONDAGE. 2 …….. if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt TO BE JUSTIFIED BY LAW; you have fallen from grace.” These verses basically deal only with now abolished CIRCUMCISION, the MAIN SUBJECT of the ENTIRE book of Galatians. “Die hard” Jews or others trusting ONLY in the law to be justified, WITHOUT accepting the atoning sacrificial death of Jesus to cover their sins, are being reminded here that they are no longer under the bondage of the previous law of circumcision. For further study please read the lower one fourth of GALATIANS, WRITTEN ABOUT 5 YEARS AFTER CIRCUMCISION WAS ABOLISHED, REFERS OVERWHELMINGLY TO CIRCUMCISION, MENTIONED 15 TIMES, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT ABOLISHED SACRIFICES, NOT OTHER OT LAWS

11) GALATIANS 5:4: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who ATTEMPT TO BE JUSTIFIED BY LAW; you have fallen from grace.” Briefly, this verse is addressed ONLY to people DELIBERATELY REJECTING the sacrificial death of Jesus to cover their sins. Such people trust ONLY their law keeping to save them. LAW KEEPING BY ITSELF CANNOT save people from the penalties of their past and current sins. The sacrificial death, an incalculably massive sacrifice, of Jesus Christ is needed to “wash away” those sins and their penalties. To be continued.

12) LUKE 16:16: “The law and the prophets WERE until John: from that time the kingdom of God is announced ……” (Analytical Literal Translation) The word “were” is artificially inserted by translators and is not in the original Greek. This verse is basically repeated in Matthew 11:13 below and explained.

13) MATTHEW 11:13: “For all the prophets and the law prophesied UNTIL John.” In both Luke 16:16 and Matthew 11:13 the original Greek word for the pivotally important word “until” is heos, Strong’s number 2193. It is often translated as “until,” but is translated about as often as “unto.” Other translations are “to,” “while,” and “whilst.” In the following 12 different translations you can see that there is no indication at all that the law was abolished in this verse: The New Living Translation, New Century Version, New Life Bible, The Darby Translation, Goodspeed New Testament, Knox New Testament, Living Oracles New Testament, Williams New Testament, Worsley New Testament, and An Understandable Version. Therefore this verse is not conclusively anti-Mosaic law. The “until” word usually does not even appear in these translations. Easy to Read Version: “All the prophets and the law {of Moses} spoke until the time John came. They told about the things that would happen.” The Message: “But if you read the books of the Prophets and God’s Law closely, you will see them culminate in John, teaming up with him in preparing the way for the Messiah of the kingdom.” These Matthew and Luke verses essentially just state that John the Baptist learned Old Testament laws and prophecies, which was the only religious material available to learn since the New Testament did not exist when he was alive. After John arrived he announced the soon coming kingdom of God. That announcement in itself was not a clear statement, beyond reasonable doubt, that OT laws then became abolished.

14) ACTS 15:10-11: “……… why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which NEITHER OUR FATHERS NOR WE WERE ABLE TO BEAR? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.” The overall context or main topic of Acts 15 was a ministerial conference in Jerusalem to decide if the law of circumcision, not the other Mosaic laws, should still be obeyed. The disciples concluded that requiring Gentile Christian males to be circumcized would have been an unnecessarily burdensome yoke on them, and that circumcision therefore was no longer required. Luke’s use of the Greek word ischuo, Strong’s number 2480, translated into the English “were able” in Acts 15:10 shows or suggests that the fathers and their descendants were actually able to bear such a yoke, but not in a “forceful” or “robust” or “strong” or “extraordinary” way. Ischuo indicates a more forceful strength or ability to prevail than the Greek word dunamai, Strong’s number 1410 which simply means “to be able” or just “be possible,” “can,” or “may.” For many hundreds of years the tribes of Judah (the Jews), Benjamin, and the other tribes of Israel did observe circumcision which did not seem to significantly harm their physical or mental health, so in a sense they were able to bear circumcision. Visit ucg.org/un/un0608/treasure/digest and read the bottom one eighth of that page for additional study of these verses.

15) ROMANS 8:1-2: “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” These verses do not say that law keeping Christians are free from the law, which is the law in general, but are now free from a more specific law, the law of sin and death (the penalty), which is the penalty part of breaking the law. Jesus repeatedly said in other verses that Christians must obey the law. There is now no condemnation FOR PAST, PRE-BAPTISMAL SINS since Jesus paid the price, which was His own death, for those old sins (Romans 3:24,25). 1 Corinthians 9:27 indicates that Christians (even Paul when he was alive) CAN still be condemned to the “lake of fire” for deliberate post-baptismal sins that are not later repented of. 

16) 2 CORINTHIANS 3:5,6: “…… God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, NOT OF THE LETTER but of the Spirit; FOR THE LETTER KILLS, but the Spirit gives life.” Since the principles of the Ten Commandments formed the basis of the civil statutes and judgments, a violation of these PRINCIPLES WAS punished by Old Covenant civil authority. The administration of death was the civil execution of punishment for violation of certain laws in the civil law code which Moses spoke to the people. Such sins as murder, kidnaping and adultery were punishable by death. Sinners were thus made to realize fully that they had transgressed the law of God. They were made to realize how woefully they had failed to measure up to the keeping of the law. Israel sinned constantly, and was constantly reminded of it. Their history is a lesson to us, today (1 Corinthians 10:11), to make us also realize our weakness and need of divine power in overcoming our natures. This is why the ministration of death was glorious. It accomplished a glorious purpose. Old Covenant Israel did not have God’s Holy Spirit of love with which to keep the law of God in its spiritual intent. All they could possibly do was try to keep the law in the letter by their own human power. Had the Israelites kept the law in the letter, God would have fulfilled His part of the Old Covenant and given them all the material promises of this material covenant. But they would never have received eternal life by keeping this covenant. One would still ultimately die eternal death because there was absolutely no promise of eternal life in the old covenant! For it is only the Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God, that will give “life,” eternal life! (2 Corinthians 3:6.) The following discussion provides additional insight as to why “the letter kills or can kill.” Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets, I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Verse 17 is explained in item 8 above. Verse 17 means that Jesus came to EXPAND (fill the Law more fully), MAGNIFY, and GO BEYOND THE “LETTER” OF THE LAW. Matthew 5:20: “…… unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” The scribes and Pharisees prided themselves on obeying ONLY the literal letter of the law, not the FULL INTENT and SPIRIT OF THE LAW. Verse 20 obviously and of course means that the letter of the law itself needs to be obeyed. THE STANDARDS FOR TRUE CHRISTIAN CONDUCT NEED TO NOT ONLY INCLUDE OBEYING THE LETTER OF THE LAW BUT ALSO NEED TO EXCEED AND BE EVEN HIGHER THAN THE CONDUCT EXPRESSED IN THE LITERAL WORDS OF THE LAW (THE “LETTER” OF THE LAWS) THAT WERE RECORDED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. The “letter” of the law by itself is sometimes too spiritually limiting and not inclusive enough, and that is why it can lead to or later allow sin which can ultimately “kill” (Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death ……”). The spirit of the law (the law’s spiritual intent) is much broader than the letter of the law and even encompasses our thoughts toward other people. The wrong thoughts can later lead to sin (breaking the law) if only the letter of the law (which is deficient in the spiritual intent of the law) is observed. For further study please visit  https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-study-course/bible-study-course-lesson-9/the-letter-and-spirit-of-the-law.

So how much longer are you going to continue to “suck up” mainstreamers’ BIG LIE that the law has been “abolished”? How much longer are you going to continue to believe that the majority must always be right 100 percent of the time with no exceptions, and that the handful of verses mainstream Christians twist out of context claiming to prove that the Old Testament laws have been abolished, is correct???? Long ago the majority of people believed the earth was flat. Hundreds of years ago the majority of British people believed it was safe to decorate the interior of their homes with arsenic laden wallpaper. In the 1950’s the majority of doctors smoked cigarettes believing they were safe to smoke. In recent decades the majority of Americans assumed it was safe to use leaded gasoline. And now the majority of Americans believe it is safe to ingest cholesterol lowering statin drugs, while the number of people succumbing to Alzheimer’s Disease has been rising sharply ever since statins were introduced. (The brain is composed mostly of cholesterol, and it needs a steady and healthy supply of cholesterol. Without sufficient cholesterol the brain begins to slowly deteriorate. Inflammation and high blood pressure can be the initial causes of clogged arteries [CriticalHealthNews.com]). To comply with certain laws the following statement is needed. The last 4 sentences about statin drugs are for general information purposes only and are not necessarily intended to prevent, diagnose, or treat any ailment or dispense medical advice. Consult a licensed medical professional if expert advice is desired.

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