People who argue that only the sacrificial part of the Law is dealt away with, don’t realize that the sacrificial part of the Law was the source of forgiveness in the event the moral part of the Law is broken. As such the blood offered was to purchase your forgiveness when you break the moral Law. Hence if you argue, only the sacrificial is done away with, how on earth will you get the forgiveness?
The ceremonial Law was prescribed to the Jews so that by the sacrifices and the blood spilled you have your sins forgiven when you break the moral Law. If you removed the sacrifices, you are left with the moral Law. What do you when there is no more sacrifices to pay for sins committed under the 10?
You may argue: “Oh Jesus died to forgive us of all that.” Dear friend, so long as the 10 remains it remains to point you to your wrong. You would then argue: “We confess our sins”. What about the sins you forget to confess? What about the priorities you placed your God today? What about you looking at a woman lustfully? What about the fact that you refuse to loan money to a brother? Doesn’t Jesus ask us to offer a cloak when he ask for tunic? When was the last time you exercise “righteous anger” when you call him a moron? When did confession becomes the basis of your forgiveness?
The only way Jesus offers you everlasting forgiveness is to do away with the moral law.
Colossians 2: 13-14 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave ALL our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
People who argue these verses refers to only ceremonial law does not realize two things:
1. The ceremonial Law does not goes against you, it is to help you get your forgiveness. That part of the Law that is against you is the 10 commandments. The ceremonial Law is for you.
2. If the “charges against us” refers to only the ceremonial Law which are not kept, you cannot be forgiven of ALL your sins.
Living Bible (TLB)
14 For Christ himself is our way of peace. He has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one family,[a] breaking down the wall of contempt* that used to separate us. 15 By his death he ended the angry resentment between us, caused by the Jewish laws that favored the Jews and excluded the Gentiles, for he died to annul that WHOLE system of Jewish laws. Then he took the two groups that had been opposed to each other and made them parts of himself; thus he fused us together to become one new person, and at last there was peace.
New Century Version (NCV)
14 Christ himself is our peace. He made both Jewish people and those who are not Jews one people. They were separated as if there were a wall between them, but Christ broke down that wall of hate by giving his own body. 15 The Jewish law had many commands and rules, but Christ ENDED that law. His purpose was to make the two groups of people become one new people in him and in this way make peace.
New Living Translation (NLT)
14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its COMMANDMENTS and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.
Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
14 for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down, the enmity in his flesh, the law of the COMMANDS IN THE ORDINANCES having done away, that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making peace,
People like John MacArthur argues that “Statutes, Ordinances and Decrees”, automatically exclude the 10 commandments and apply it only to what they falsely call, “the ceremonial law”.
Yet here are many passages where these common expressions refer to the 10 commandments exclusively: (or at least in part include)
Deut 5:1 The Ten commandments are called “My statures and all My ordinances”
Ezekiel 20:19-21 The weekly Sabbath is called “My statures and all My ordinances”
Mal 4:4 Book closes with a call to keep “statutes and ordinances” which obviously include the 10 commandments because it would be unthinkable for such a doxology to leave them out completely!
Neh 9:13-14 the weekly Sabbath is included without distinction: “right judgments, true laws, good statutes, commandments”
Lev 19:1-37 The Ten commandments and the ceremonial law are mixed together without distinction and called “My statures and all My ordinances”
Deut 5:1-6:25: Two whole chapters that deal exclusively with the 10 commandments and the following 5 terms are used interchangeably without distinction: “statutes”, “ordinances”, “commandments”, “judgments”, “testimonies”.
Lev 23 The Weekly Sabbath is lumped in with all the yearly Sabbaths without distinction and they are all called “The Lord’s appointed times” and “holy convocations”.
Ezek 20 calls the first and fourth commandment, “My statutes and My ordinances”
Neh 8 uses interchangeably without distinction, the following terms: “the book of the law of Moses”, “the law”, “the book of the law”, “the law of God”, “book of the law of God” and includes
Col 2:14 & Eph 2:15 refer to the whole of the Old Covenant law including the ten commandments.
I think people don’t appreciate there is a change. There is a difference between “you shall not commit adultery” and “Husband love your wives as Christ love the church” and “You must love your neighbour as yourself” and “You must love one another as Christ loves you”. We follow the later. We follow the latter because it is not about us. It is about the workings of the Holy Spirit.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
You can only love someone else with the love of Jesus when his love is poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit.
That’s why it when Christ died, even the law of commandments, the moral law. He replaced it with the Holy Spirit. You don’t kill because your nature now is love. You don’t lie because the Truth lives in you. You don’t commit adultery because you have to but now because you want to. You don’t steal because you have been given the fullness of Christ. You don’t covet because you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Wycliffe Bible (WYC)
14 For he is our peace, that made both one, and unbinding the middle wall of a wall without mortar, enmities in his flesh; and VOIDED the law of commandments by DOOMS [voiding the law of commandments by dooms], that he make two in himself into a new man, making peace….