Bible presents two laws: one changeless and eternal, the other
provisional and temporary. One presents the duty of man to God
and to his fellow men, the other was given because of mans
disobedience to Gods requirements.
moral law of the Ten Commandments is an expression of Gods
character; it is the standard of all righteousness, an expression
of His will. The Holy Bible was written by men under inspiration
of God. "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). The moral law of the Ten Commandments was
not given by inspiration, but was written by Gods own finger
on tables of stone. "And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to
me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of
stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that
thou mayest teach them" (Exodus 24:12). "And he gave unto Moses,
when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai,
two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger
of God" (Exodus 31: 18). See the Moral Law (Exodus 20:3-17) and
moral law is the embodiment of two great principles: Love toward
our Creator and love toward our neighbor. When a lawyer asked
Christ "Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus
said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first
and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40). The transgression
of the moral law is called sin. Therefore, "Whosoever committeth
sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of
the law" (1 John 3:4).
the moral law Jesus says, "Think not that I am come to destroy
the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot
or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least
in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them,
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew
ceremonial or provisional law was added because of the transgression
of the moral law. The ceremonial law consisted of ordinances,
ceremonies and sacrifices in the sanctuary system that pointed
to the future redemption through Jesus Christ. This law typified
the mysteries contained in the plan of redemption in Jesus. In
the celebration of the Passover feast and the first fruit offering
required to the Jewish people, God gave specifications to be observed
that clearly represented Christ. The Bible says "Thou shalt not
offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the
sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto
the house of the LORD thy God" (Exodus 34:25-26). The apostle
Paul says: "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be
a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover
is sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7). Concerning the first
fruit offering he later writes: "But now is Christ risen from
the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since
by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward
they that are Christ's at his coming" (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).
Christs death, the ceremonial law is no longer to be observed.
Therefore "blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing
it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers,
he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect
of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which
are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Colossians
2:14-17). The laws consisting in ordinances, typifying Christs
death was the one nailed on the cross, "having abolished in his
flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace"
(Ephesians 2:15). "For the law having a shadow of good things
to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with
those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make
the comers thereunto perfect" (Hebrews 10:1).
wants to make a new covenant with His children, and that covenant
consists on writing the moral law in their minds and hearts. "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. . . . For
this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their
mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people" (Hebrews 8:8,10).