Why Was the Old Law Abolished?

The Old Law of Moses was abolished because it was a law that was written on stone. It was a dead letter. It was not written upon the heart. It required sinless perfection. No man could obtain righteousness keeping a law that was not of the heart. 

The law of Christ was established as the end of the law of Moses. Rom 10:4. Faith in Christ to the end produces good fruits of the Spirit such as kindness. John says in 1 John 5:4:

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. NIV

This overcoming happened because the Christians followed the law of Spirit of Life rather than the law of sin and death, which had no power. Rom 8:2-3

Romans 7:6:

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Gary here: Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Regeneration which is rebirth precedes true repentance in those chosen before the world was created. Jacob was loved and Esau hated before either came into the world. Rom 9.

So, the ordinances of the law of Moses were a burden. And most important, the law of Moses had no power. The law of Moses should be seen as powerless, not weak as the KJV translates. The law of Moses was weak because of the flesh, as some translations report. But the flesh did not let the law of Moses or the Old Covenant succeed because it had to be kept perfectly. Deuteronomy 28:58-68.

Hebrews 7:19 is clear, the Old Law of Moses made nothing perfect. It saved no one:

19. (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. NIV

Being powerless, the Old Law could not motivate continuing faith. It could not save. It was not written upon the heart! We have been warned not to test God by forcing people to keep the Old Law! (Acts 15:10)

The power of Christ in the heart through the Spirit produces a will to continue believing. The New Law can be fulfilled. 1 Cor 9:20-21 and Gal 6:2. The Old Covenant is spiritual bondage because it is powerless. The Old Covenant believers and the patriarchs were drawn close to God because they believed the promise that the redeemer would come and fulfill the law.

That faith given to believers was a gift of God to those chosen before the world was made. Ephesians chapters 1 and 2, Romans chapters 8 and 9. See also Hebrews 11.

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