• Rick Daniels

    I wish all pastors and all Christians could hear this. It would clear up much misunderstanding of a most important subject.

  • Kip’ Chelashaw

    David,Lots of what you said perplexes me and I have loads of questions…1) Where in Scripture explicitly (or by inference) do we find the 3 divisions of the law? 2) More specifically Where as you put it does Jesus say that I am the fulfillment of the “ceremonial” law – he doesn’t make that distinction in Matthew 5? OR where does he say the “ceremonial law” is finished – when he says “it is finished” he doesn’t mention or allude to the so called ceremonial law?3) How do you distinguish biblically between judicial and moral? Where in Scripture would you go to illustrate that the judicial served principally to preserve Israel and now only apply to use as “a source of wisdom”?4) More specifically, are 10 commandments judicial or moral? On what basis5) What makes you say that the penalties in the OT were “extreme”? Do you think they God was extreme then? Would you consider the punishments mentioned in Romans 13 as extreme?Kip’ Chelashaw

  • David Bissett

    Very helpful — thanks! db

  • Douglas Boyce III

    How do we handle Matthew 5:17 ?”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.This is quite clear that Jesus didn’t do away with OT Wisdom. Also, By definition, aren’t all “instructions” in the OT moral law ? Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is a sense of behavioral conduct that differentiates intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). – WikipediaSince God says to do it, that by definition, make it good. Thus, Christians saying we no longer need to obey God’s Wisdom is a violation if God’s Moral Law.I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Mari Carrasquillo

    Hi. Thank you for doing such a great job in your blogs. I do have one question for you. You said that the feasts were part of ceremonial/ritual law and that the Messiah was the fullfillment of it so they are done away with. However, Zechariah 14:16-19 (ESV) states:16Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. 17And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. 19This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.This is a prophecy that hasn’t been fulfilled yet and the Feast of Booths is to be celebrated. It seems to contradict what you stated about the feasts passing away with the Messiah. What are your thoughts on this? I look forward to your response. May you always be blessed.

  • David Murray

    I’ll get to these question in the next few days, I hope. Here’s a helpful article by Rick Daniels which begins to answer Kip’s questions:http://drrickdaniels.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/ceremonial-moral-judicial/And, Kip, if you want more thorough answers to your questions, can I recommend Philip Ross’s book, From the Finger of God. http://www.amazon.com/Finger-God-Biblical-Theological-Threefold/dp/1845506014

  • Kip’ Chelashaw

    David,Thanks for the heads up re Pastor Rick’s post. I’ve written some follow up questions re what he has written and I look forward to your comments in due time.Every blessing.K

  • Rick Daniels

    David, Thanks again for the right and excellent summary of this most important and practical principle in Christian living. To my great surprise, since writing the piece you referred to just above I have come to learn how difficult it is for some to accept. Consequently, I decided to do a rewrite. Trouble is, now I have to make up for lost time, so it won’t be completed any time soon. Keep up the good work.

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