A lot of Christians today, sadly, are ever more increasingly believing that The Lord Jesus Christ nailed all the law to the cross including moral law, meaning: “we do not have to live by the moral law.” But the moral law still applies today absolutely. What Did the Lord Jesus fulfill then? The Book of Hebrews tells us in a nutshell, what He fulfilled:
The Sacrificial Law, He is the Sacrificial Lamb of God, our propitiation who died for the remission of sins and rose from the dead. Ascended back into heaven and sits at the right hand of God our Father. Therefore, He is the ministry of reconciliation.
The Priestly Law, He is our High Priest and our Mediator.
The Ceremonial Law, is the holy festival days, ceremonial purification rituals, circumcision etc. But the moral law we are all still subject to:
Colossians 2:11-15 In Him you were circumcised (reference to atonement through Jesus Christ = repentance & justification) with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcised of the flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Having wiped out the hand written 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.
What was nailed to cross of Christ? God’s Word tells us as we continue to read on in: Verse: 15-16 Having disarmed principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12), He made them a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival, or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are the shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
But notice in that list, the moral code, the moral law is not mentioned having been nailed to cross of Christ but food, drink, festivals and sabbath’s…And the Scriptures cannot be broken, for all Scriptures are Holy Spirit inspired (1 Timothy 3:10-16). Therefore holiness is the result of first being, cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and born-again through the Holy Spirit = sanctification. Proof that the Lord Jesus is LORD of our minds, hearts and body. For we, (the children of God, the body of Christ) are a temple of the living God.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee from sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
All sexual deviance classified in the Holy Bible as immorality: adultery, fornication (pre-marital sex, oral sex, shacking up), masturbation, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, necrophilia, pornography, pansexuality and the likes.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Jesus Christ taught us the dangers of judgment for rejecting Him as Lord in, Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, (the day of judgment) ‘Lord, Lord,’ have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
So what is the will of God?
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus (not an exhortation from men, but from God) that you should abound more and more (spiritually mature), just as you receive from us how you ought to walk and to please God; For you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to posses his own vessel (body) in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust (an insatiable appetite for more), like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
Which was summed up from the very beginning, Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your Heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes (moral law) which I command you today for your good.
So what part of holiness, modesty and obedience do we not understand? We the body of Christ has played hypocrite way to long and the world see it, calls it out and they are right! How do we expect to reach the lost if we are lost ourselves? How do we expect to impact the world in the name of Jesus Christ as He has commanded us to, if we look and act just like impenitent heathens and sinners of this fallen world who do not know the One True God?
The world is looking for the real thing! “Sanctification” is God’s call into His perfect will, to be separate from the ways and patterns of this fallen world as He has always taught from the beginning (from Genesis to Revelation). Therefore in order to be effective in reaching the lost at all cost, we first must live right and stay right according to God’s righteous and holy standards, The Holy Bible, bearing continual fruits of repentance daily. Thus holiness still applies!
Acts 14-15 encourages us that we can live holy and pleasing to God successfully, daily through His Word and through the power of His Holy Spirit and we should no longer make excuses not to in Jesus Christ’s holy and powerful name, amen. Also check out: “Hear what the Spirit Says To The Churches”
Acts 14-15 (Holiness Still Applies)
Audio Length: 23:39
*08:31 Acts 15:28-29
The Holy Spirit’s main focus of this study
*10:15 2 Corinthians 5-6
Sins separates us from having a relationship with God. That’s why we do not continue to sin against Him
*17:27 1 John 2:1-6
“Go and sin no more.” is what the Lord Jesus taught in John 5:1-14/John 8:1-12. He is our example on how to walk and live in Him.
Not all the law of the Old Testament pertained to being in right standing with God, but had much to do on being separated from the ways of the pagan Gentiles, which is still the theme of the New Testament to be separate from the ways and patterns of this sinful fallen world. Therefor the moral law is still in effect because we will be judged whether we keep morality in our mind’s, hearts and our walk with Jesus Christ daily or not (Romans 2:12-29)
Next Study: The Book of Acts 16:1-18 (satanic Influences)