We Establish the Law

Romans 3:29-31 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. 

‘Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? … Do we then make void the law through faith?’ These questions are answered in Romans 3:29-31.

‘Circumcision by faith’ Colossians 2:11 talks about that we are made circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. Literally, in Him, you have been circumcised, not by cutting the flesh, but by the circumcision of Christ in putting off the body of sins of the flesh. Christ became circumcised and fulfilled all the law to become a true mediator between God and man. Now through Him, we are freed from all Mosaic Law observance and have been redeemed through the work of Christ on the cross (Col. 1:14, 20-25; 2:11-17; 1Pet. 2:24).

‘Make void’ [Greek: katargeo] to make useless; without effect; make of no effect (3:3; 4:14; Gal. 3:17; 5:4); come and bring to naught (1Cor. 1:28; 2:6); done away (1Cor. 13:10; 2Cor. 3:7, 3:11, 3:14); fail (1Cor. 13:8); cease (Gal. 6:11); vanish away (1Cor. 13:8); make void (Rom. 3:31); cumber (Luke 13:7); deliver (Rom. 7:6); loose (Rom. 7:2); put away (1Cor. 13:11); put down (1Cor. 15:24); destroy (Rom. 6:6; 1Cor. 6:13; 15:26; 2Thess. 2:8; Heb. 2:14); and abolish (2Cor. 3:13; Eph. 2:15; 2Tim. 1:10). It is clear from these passages that whatever is abolished is completely null and void. What is it here that is abolished? It is the law of commandments in decrees or the law of dogmatic commandments. The word for ordinances is dogma, translated “decree” (Luke 2:1; Acts 16:4; 17:7) and “ordinance” (Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). The law was made to expose sin (Rom. 3:19-20; 7:13; Gal. 3:19-25) and to keep the Jews a distinct people until Christ came. After that, it was no longer needed.

‘We establish the law’ Christianity establishes the law: By recognizing Christ as the subject of its rites and ceremonies (Luke 24:44; Col. 2:14-17; Heb. 8-10); by Christ fulfilling it (Mat. 5:17); by Christ ending it (10:4); by fulfilling in people the righteousness that the law demanded but could not give (8:3); by including its moral and spiritual principles in the New Testament (Heb. 8:6).

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