The Law ended in the 1st Century.
Grace has been offered to the world since then!
Believers waste so much time with the law in their lives!
The law did not exist from the time of Adam till Moses (Romans 5:13-14).
People still sinned and died before the law came.
People were only righteous by faith before the law came (Abraham in Genesis 15:6).
The law only came to Israel and not the Gentiles (Psalm 147:19-20).
But we say that the law is written on the hearts of Gentiles by quoting Romans 2:12-15.
But the law is 613 commandments. These 613 commandments are not written on anyone’s hearts today!
It was only known to Gentiles in the 1st Century because the Jews had preached the Law in the synagogues in every city in the Gentile world for a long time.
Acts 15:21 “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
Some Jewish believers were trying to force Gentile believers to keep the law for salvation. Paul fought against this and with the help of Peter they decided not to put Gentile believers under the law.
Acts 15:10-11 “Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
But the law was not fully removed from the world and it was still being preached in the Gentile world.
The Jewish believers were still zealous for the law (Acts 21:17-25) and that indicates why they still put 4 laws on the Gentiles.
Paul reminded Gentiles in 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Corinthians 10, and John wrote to the 7 Gentile Churches in Revelation 2-3 about some of those laws that they were required to follow.
But those churches do not exist today.
That was only a temporary requirement until the law was removed from the world when Israel was judged in AD66-136.
The law actually ended on the cross.
Colossians 2:14 “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
God gave Israel one last generation to come out of the law and believe in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”
God also told Gentiles to not go under law through Paul in Galatians and Romans in those last days.
It was the Last Days of Israel.
It was the Last Days of the Law.
Hebrews 12-13:13-14″22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,”13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
The law was finally removed in the 1st Century when Israel and their Temple was destroyed by the Roman armies.
Hebrews 8:13 “In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
The law does not exist anymore today. The Age of the Law ended.
The entire world is not under law but it is dead, needing life in this Age of Grace.
The New Testament scriptures were written by the Apostles to Jews and Gentiles in that last generation of people during the law.
The 3 Gospels of Matthew-Mark-Luke were written to Israelites telling them about the Law, Sermon on Mount, Lord’s Prayer, carrying the cross, great tribulation, destruction of Jerusalem.
Those 3 Gospels were written before AD70 when Jerusalem was destroyed and the law was removed.
Jesus said that not one bit of law could be removed till heaven and earth passed away.
He was referring to the cross where the law ended and the final symbol of the law (temple and sacrifices) were removed in the 1st Century.
The “heaven and earth” in Matthew 5 refers to Israel’s temple and law (Isaiah 66, Haggai 2) that passed away with the law in the 1st Century.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil on the temple tore, opening the grace of God to all nations, (symbolizing the end of the law).
When Israel was judged, the temple was destroyed (symbolizing the removal of the law).The Gospel of John was written to the world after AD70.
It has no mention of the Sermon on the mount, the law, carrying the cross, the great tribulation, the destruction of Jerusalem. It only has a simple message of faith in Christ.
John 20:31 “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
The book of Revelation was written to 7 Gentile Churches in Asia about events mostly in their lifetime (great tribulation, mark of the beast, removal of the law).
The only event remaining is the revelation of the new world in Christ’s glorious appearing.
Those 7 churches of Revelation don’t exist today.
Paul had already preached to them in Acts 19
.This is why the scriptures ended with the 1st Century.
The epistles were written to specific churches in that time.
There are no Apostles after the 1st Century.
There are no scriptures written to us directly.
It’s because the Law ended in the 1st Century.
We learn about Christ’s Grace and Finished work by reading the scriptures so that we can believe in Jesus to be saved but we don’t put ourselves under the law.
Jesus finished the work in canceling the law on the cross and this law disappeared from the world in the 1st Century. We only have the New Covenant today between God and Jesus Christ.
Everyone who believes in Jesus, is forgiven all sin and made alive in the New Covenant of Grace (John 3:16).Everyone who does not believe in Jesus, is guilty of the sin of unbelief (John 16:9).
The world does not need the law. The world is dead and needs life by faith in Jesus Christ.
The Church does not need the law.
The law already ended.It is impossible for anyone to go under the law today.
That covenant ended in the 1st Century.
We only need GRACE and more GRACE.
The world and the Church needs the Gospel of GRACE through faith without works.