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"And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law, though not being myself under the Law, that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law." 1 Corinthians 9:20-21 (NAS)

"Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:1-2 (NAS)

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death*." Romans 8:2 (NAS)

Can You Be Justified Today Under the Law of Moses?

"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law*. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law*; you have fallen from grace." Galatians 5:1-4 (NAS)

*Paul is referring to the Law of Moses - see also Galatians 3:17

How does the New Covenant Differ from the Law of Moses? 

Following are just a few of many comparisons of the Law of Christ compared to the Law of Moses.  It is important that you read and study the entire New Testament (the New Covenant) to fully understand all the differences:

Examples of Differences Between the Old and New Covenants


Old Covenant -
Law of Moses

New Covenant -
Law of Christ
1. Idolatry

"You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. "You shall not worship them or serve them. You shall have no other gods before Me."  Exodus 20:4 (NAS)

"Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come," Colossians 3:5-6 (NAS).

"Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.   Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:22-25 (NAS)

2. Observance of Sabbath Day

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."  Exodus 20:8 (NAS)

Jesus said  "Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath, and are innocent? "But I say to you, that something greater than the temple is here. "But if you had known what this means, 'I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent. "For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."  Matthew 12:5-8 (NAS)

Jesus said  "And He was saying to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Consequently, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." Mark 2:27-28 (NAS)

"Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day--things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." Colossians 2:16-17 (NAS)

3. Murder

"You shall not murder.  Exodus 20:13 (NAS)

Jesus said  "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell." Matthew 5:21-22 (NAS)

4. Adultery

"You shall not commit adultery."  Exodus 20:14 (NAS)

Jesus said  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28 (NAS)

5. Divorce

"When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house..." Deuteronomy 24:1 (NAS)

Jesus said  "And it was said, 'Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce'; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." Matthew 5:31-32 (NAS)

"And they said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. "But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. "For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." And in the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. And He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery." Mark 10:4-12 (NAS)

The table above is not intended to be all inclusive; but rather to give just a few examples of the differences.  In addition, following are just a few of the general guidelines with respect to the new covenant of Christ:

"And He said to him,"' You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40 (NAS)

"Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, "You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Romans 13:8-9 (NAS)

"But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."  Ephesians 5:3-5 (NAS)

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