Galatians 3:34-25 says the 10 commandments are abolished!
"Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. " (Galatians 3:24-25)
A. The whole Law given at Sinai (10 commandments and book of law) is abolished in Christ
It calls the law a tutor (like a school bus that take the students to the teacher)
It then says, once we get to Christ, we no longer need the law.
B. They appeal to Gal 3:10 in order to argue that the law of Galatians is not the 10 commandment law:
"For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them." " (Galatians 3:10)
- Interesting that Adventist's are forced to say that the term "the law in Romans means the 10 commandments, but in Galatians the exact same phrase, "the law" refers to the Ceremonial law.
- But the abolished law of Galatians 3:24-25 is the same as abolished first covenant of Gal 4:21-31. "This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. " (Galatians 4:24)
- The covenant of Mount Sinai is the ten commandment law:
- Exodus 34:27-28: "Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments."
- Deuteronomy 4:13: "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
- Deuteronomy 9:9: "When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.
- Deuteronomy 5:2-3: "The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today."
- 1 Kings 8:9,21: V9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt." ... V21 "And there I have set a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord, which He made with our fathers when He brought them from the land of Egypt."
- 2 Chronicles 6:11: "And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord, which He made with the sons of Israel."
- The tables are part of the abolished first covenant: Heb 8:13 When He said, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. "Now even the first covenant had ... the TABLES OF THE COVENANT." Heb 9:1-4
- Hebrews 9:1,4 "Now even the first covenant had ... the tables of the covenant"
- This merely illustrates how they are unable to find any way to make any real distinction of terms between the 10 commandments and what they call the ceremonial law.
Here is what Romans and Galatians says about the law:
"We are not under the law" (Rom. 6:14; Gal. 5:18).
We are dead to the law (Rom. 7:4).
We are delivered from the law (Rom. 7:6).
Christ is the end of the law (Rom. 10:4).
"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ .... we are no longer under a schoolmaster" (Gal. 3:24, 25).
"The law" has been abolished (Eph. 2:15).
G. Other covenants that are not the 10 commandment Sinai covenant. The Law of Galatians 3 is the Sinai covenant, as the context says!
The first time covenant is used, it is to Noah, of the covenant (agreement) that if he builds the ark, God will make the flood waters come and destroy the earth. The rainbow is a sign of the covenant that God will never do this again! See Gen 6:18; 9:9-17. This most certainly is not the ten commandments or the Sabbath law!
Next time covenant is used, it is to Abraham: "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land" Gen 15:18. This is known in Gal 3:16 as the three "promises" which are: 1. Great nation promise that was fulfilled in Egypt. (Gen 46:3; Deut 10:22) 2. Land promise that was fulfilled in Joshua. (Josh 21:43; Deut 30:5) 3. The seed promise that was fulfilled in Christ. (Gal 3:16; Gal 3:29; Heb 6:11-13;19-20; Acts 13:32-33,38)
Sinai Covenant was distinct from the Abraham covenant as Deut 5:2-3 proves: "The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today." Gal 3 shows that the Sinai covenant was added ON TOP OF and ran concurrently with the Sinai covenant which was the ten commandments. When Christ came, the Sinai covenant was abolished. "What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. " ... "Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions ... until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. " ... "But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. " ... "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. " (Galatians 3:24) ... "But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. " (Galatians 3:17-25)
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