I just read the blog dealing with the dietary laws, and found one point confusing. Here it is: "Pa’al makes a case against the handwriting of dogma, not a case against the Torah, the statutes, the judgments, the ordinances, or the Torah of YAHUAH"
I took this to be referring to this verse in Collosians 2: "14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; "
These appear to me to be two completely different articulations. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but the blog appears to be saying that Paul is making a case against the "handwriting of ordinances" while the text itself is stating that these ordinances, ii.e. the one's that are "against us" are being done away with.
It is my understanding that the ordinances Paul is referring to are the one's mentioned in Deuteronomy 31:26, no?
Here's the context:
"24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying,
26 Take this book of the law, and put it beside side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. "
It should be noted here that Moses is not referring to the commandments or any of the 613 Moaic laws, but to the "scroll" or "book", not to be confused with STONE tablets; that was placed "beside" the Ark, rather than "in" the Ark. He's referrring to "that which was added because of transgressions", no?
When Israel transgressed God's commandments, this scroll was retrieved from beside the Ark and the penalties or "curses" were determined and carried out. This is what is done away with, not the commandments, right?
If this is the case, then the nagging question I have is, how can these be done away with if one is still "walking after the flesh? The only answer I can come up with is that they can't possibly be done away with for those who still transgress God's law.
If this is the case, then Paul is only referring to those who have been born again. He is only referring to those who "walk after the spirit" because they re the only ones who "don't fulfill the lust of the flesh". They don't sin.
So these ordinances are clearly against those who transgress God's law, no? Therefore these ordinances have no power or influence over those who keep God's law, right?
How does one keep the law under the new covenant? Doesn't one keep it because they've become a new creature in Christ? Isn't this why God gives them a new heart? Jer.31:33; Ezekiel 11:19; Hebrews 8:9,10
Is it not faith that establishes the law, and allows one to keep it, perhaps insures that it is kept perfectly?
These ordinances can only become redundant when one keeps God's law. They are useless under the new covenant, no?