Originally Posted by umsami
If you're Christian and believe that Jesus's death covered all of the OT laws... does that negate the fact that God called for them anyways? Does that get you out of obeying the 10 Commandments... why or why not? Jesus himself references the Shema as the most important commandment along with to love your neighbor as itself..so it seems to me, that he didn't intent to negate the OT in any way.
The OT is full of types and pictures of Christ. Christ is the fulfillment of all of the types and pictures in the OT. These pictures and types help us to see who Christ is in the NT. Example: If I show you a picture of my mom and I tell you all about her, you may have a good understanding of who she is. However, if I take you to meet her, and you spend time with her, then you will really know
her. You will really love her.
The law of God is God's word. As such, the law is God's testimony, God's expression, a revelation of God to His people. The law of God reveals God's attributes, showing that He is jealous, holy, loving, righteous, truthful, and pure. As the word of God and the testimony, the expression of God, the law is a type of Christ as God's Word and God's testimony, God's expression.Matthew 5:17
17 Do not think that I [Jesus] have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill.
Since all people sin and fall short of God's standard (the Law), we need Christ to live inside of us and be the Law within us. In a sense, Jesus was a walking Ten Commandments. If you ask Jesus to come and make His home in your heart, you will have the Ten Commandments inside of you and no longer outside. The church, which is the body of Christ on earth, is for the expression of Christ on the earth.
In a sense, the standard in the NT is even higher than the OT. Not only can we not murder, but if we are angry with someone it is like committing murder. Not only can we not commit adultery, but if we even look and lust it is like committing adultery.
You see? It is a matter of what is in our heart. In the OT, God was outside of us, and the law was outside of us. In the NT, if a person has asked Jesus to live inside of them, then once God comes in, the Laws are inside of them.
Still, I fail! Even with God as Jesus Christ living in me, I fail everyday. That doesn't mean that I don't try. It means that I am a fallen sinner. When I fail, I repent and ask the Lord, and/or person I offended, to forgive me. I confess to the Lord Jesus that I am a failure and oh how much I need Him!
Also, when we are born again, we are like little babes in Christ. We don't necessary 'know' the Bible in order to be born again Christians. I didn't know a thing when Jesus came into my heart. I was the OPPOSITE of modest. As Christ grows in me and He shines more of His divine light in me, I am becoming more and more modest. So, I don't look at other Christians who are showing a lot of skin and think badly of them. It might just mean that they are still babes in the Lord or that they haven't had a specific touch from the Lord to cover that particular area of their body. It's just where they are in their walk. Christians are all in a process of becoming glorified (expressing God). Some are further a long and it's okay.
If I come along, all modest and such, and tell a young Christian, don't show any cleavage and your shorts must be to your knees, this is an outward law that I am placing on her. She doesn't have to go to the Lord and even ask Him what He thinks because I've already TOLD her what to do. So, I am cheating her out of an experience of praying and conversing with the Lord about her clothing. In fact, my telling her how to dress may completely turn her away from the Lord and the church. Every person has to go to the Lord and converse and pray about the details of their living.
Sorry, I got so long winded.