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HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES


 

Christ’s sacrifice and death blotted out the ordinances, which were added to the old covenant because of transgression.

 

Col 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.

 

The Old Testament ordinances did not lead to eternal life; and eternal life was not generally available while they were in vogue.

 

Heb 9:8  the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

Heb 9:9  It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience

Heb 9:10  concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

 

Heb 9:12  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

Heb 9:14  how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 9:15  And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

 

The ordinances that were given during the exodus did not lead to eternal life, and had to be taken away before eternal life was available. Christ took away these ordinances with His death.

 

Col 2:20  Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—

Col 2:21  "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"

Col 2:22  which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

 

Heb 10:11  And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

Heb 10:12  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

 

God's spiritual laws will be in our hearts and minds with the acceptance of the new covenant.

 

Heb 10:16  "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM,"

 

The old covenant is given in Ex.23 and promises great physical blessings for physical obedience to God and God's laws, ordinances, judgment etc.

 

The Israelites readily agreed to the terms of the covenant.

 

Exo 24:3  So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the LORD has said we will do."

 

The Israelites were not able to keep the terms of the old covenant: that is when God added the ordinances, which could not bring eternal life. The next verse needs to be read carefully; the law was added ‘because of transgressions’. The Ten Commandments and the ordinances of the old covenant were given as the terms of the covenant; so the transgressions were made after the giving of the covenant.

 

Gal 3:19  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.

 

The additions, because of transgression; are the tabernacle, sin offerings etc.

 

Heb 9:1  Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.

Heb 9:2  For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;

 

Col 2:20  Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations

Col 2:21  "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"

Col 2:22  which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

 

Heb 9:10  concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

 

The ordinances which were added because of transgression, are contrary to us.

 

Col 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.

 

These ordinances are contrary to us because eternal life is not available until they are replaced by spiritual counterparts; which occurred at the death of Christ.

 

Heb 9:8  the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

 

Heb 10:11  And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

Heb 10:12  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

 

The ‘touch not, taste not’ ordinances; which were added to the old covenant: could never lead to eternal life. They were against us because of that reason. Eternal life became available when Christ died for mankind.