Did Paul Teach that the Law was Done Away with?

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Many believers stand on the foundation that Paul is in their corner when it comes to the law of God. Are they right? Let us examine the scripture to see if these things are so.

Paul himself believed in keeping the Law:

Acts 24:14 (NKJV) “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.

Acts 25:8 (NKJV) while he answered for himself, “Neither against the Law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”

Acts 18:21 (NKJV) but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, Yahweh (LORD) willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

Romans 7:25 (NKJV) I thank Yahweh (LORD)–through Yahushua the Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself serve the Law of Yahweh (LORD), but with the flesh the Law of sin.

Paul taught the disciples not to let anyone judge them for observing the Law (See the study on this on the home page)

Colossians 2:16 (NKJV) So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of the Messiah.

Paul says that the doers of the Law will be justified and those who break it will be judged.

Romans 2:12 (NKJV) For as many as have sinned without Law will also perish without Law, and as many as have sinned in the Law will be judged by the Law 13 (for not the hearers of the Law [are] just in the sight of Yahweh (LORD), but the doers of the Law will be justified;

The word that is translated “without Law” here is word #460 which means “not amenable to the Jewish/Mosaic Law”. (See Thayers and Strong’s lexicon). Paul says that we know His will and approve the things that are excellent when instructed out of the Law.

Romans 2:17 (NKJV) Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the Law, and make your boast in Yahweh (LORD), 18 and know [His] will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the Law.

Here Paul says that when we break the Law, we dishonor Yahweh (LORD) and blaspheme His name. Another way of looking at Romans 2:21 is Paul chastising the Jews because essentially they were taught the Torah there whole life and knew what God expected while the Gentiles did not. Therefore, the Gentiles were looking at the Jews and saying, “you are breaking the law so why do I need to keep it?” The Jews were like bigger brothers who were not showing their younger brother the way they should go.

Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the Law, do you dishonor Yahweh through breaking the Law? 24 For “the name of Yahweh (LORD) is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.

Below Paul twice states that we learn what sin is from the Law. This backs up the statement in 1John 3:4 that Sin is transgression of the Law.

Romans 3:20 (NKJV) Therefore by the deeds of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the Law [is] the knowledge of sin.

Romans 7:7 (NKJV) What shall we say then? [Is] the Law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the Law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Below is a key scripture proving that Paul believed that through faith we do not make the Law void, but rather we establish the Law (To cause or make to stand, #2476).

Romans 3:31 (NKJV) Do we then make void the Law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the Law.

Below is another key scripture like the one above proving that Paul did not believe that once we are under grace, that we can continue to sin (break the Law):

Romans 6:15 (NKJV) What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness?

Below Paul is equating “the Law” with “the commandment” and stating his opinion of them:

Romans 7:12 (NKJV) Therefore the Law [is] holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Below is an unpopular statement of Paul’s. Many like to believe that the Law is of the flesh.

Romans 7:14 (NKJV) For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

However, Paul delights in the Law of Yahweh (LORD):

Romans 7:22 (NKJV) For I delight in the Law of Yahweh (LORD) according to the inward man.

Now we will move on to where Paul uses the term “Lawlessness”. The word that is translated “Lawlessness” in the following verses is the Greek word “anomia” which carries the following definition:

BDB/Thayers # 458
458 anomia {an-om-ee’-ah}
from 459; TDNT – 4:1085,646; n f
AV – iniquity 12, unrighteousness 1, transgress the law + 4060 1,
transgression of the law 1; 15
1) the condition of without law
1a) because ignorant of it
1b) because of violating it
2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Furthermore, 460. anomos an-om’-oce adverb from 459; lawlessly, i.e. (specially) not amenable to (the Jewish) law:–without law.

Now for a second witness, here is the definition of this in the Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon:

458. anomia, an-om-ee’-ah; from 459; illegality, i.e. violation of the law or (gen.) wickedness: — iniquity X transgress (ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

Now note that in both lexicons it states that both of these words come from the Greek word #459. This word means “To be destitute or in violation of the Mosaic or Jewish Law” (See Thayer’s and Strong’s Lexicons). Now the word #458 is translated “transgression of the Law” in the King James version of 1john 3:4

1John 3:4 (KJV) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law.

Yes, this was written by John but it is surely showing that this word is certainly the definition of sin. For sin is “anomia” (condition of being without the Law or violation of the Law, transgression of the Law)

In these verses he shows that righteousness is the opposite of Lawlessness (#458 in violation of the Law). Therefore if one is keeping the Law, they must be walking in righteousness. (This is confirmed by the verses above.)

Romans 6:19 (NKJV) I speak in human [terms] because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members [as] slaves of uncleanness, and of Lawlessness [leading] to [more] Lawlessness, so now present your members [as] slaves [of] righteousness for holiness.

2Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with Lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Here again, Paul equates this word (#458) Lawless with SIN.

Romans 4:7 (NKJV) “Blessed [are] [those] whose Lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

Below is an example where this word is used when translating the Old Testament.

Hebrews 1:9 (NKJV) You have loved righteousness and hated Lawlessness (#458); Therefore Elohim, Your Elohim, has anointed You. With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

This is interesting…here is an example of where the New Testament is quoting from the Old Testament. (From the Hebrew to the greek). Now what word does this greek word #458 translate from? Let’s find out:

Psalms 45:6 (KJV) Thy throne, O El’, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre.Psal 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:(From the greek #458) therefore El’, thy El’, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

It comes from the Hebrew word reshah (#7562) which means “Wickedness” !! Now how is this word used in other places in scripture? Here we see an example of a Psalm that makes wickedness the opposite of righteousness. (Just as Paul taught).

Below obedience is equated with righteousness (as defined by the Law)

Romans 10:5 (NKJV) For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the Law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”

Below are many other scriptures then where Paul says that we ought to walk in righteousness:

Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV) For you were once darkness, but now [you] [are] light in Yahweh (LORD). Walk as children of light  9 (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to Yahweh (LORD). 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].

Ephesians 6:14 (NKJV) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Philippians 1:9 (NKJV) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, Phil 1:10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of the Messiah, Phil 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which [are] by Yahushua the Messiah, to the glory and praise of Yahweh (LORD).

2Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on Yahweh (LORD) out of a pure heart. 23 (NKJV) But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.

Below is an example where Paul takes another step forward in showing that ALL SCRIPTURE (which must include the Law of Yahweh (LORD) because there was no written “new testament” at that time) is given by Yahweh (LORD), profitable for doctrine, for reproof and instruction in righteousness.

2Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of Yahweh (LORD), and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of Yahweh (LORD) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“In conclusion we can see that there is very little doubt based on the verses in which Paul spoke, that he certainly upheld the Law as the very definition of righteousness and holiness. He taught that breaking these commandments was unrighteousness, lawlessness, wickedness, and most importantly, SIN. Therefore, we can conclude that whenever Paul speaks of Sin…he most certainly is talking about disobeying the commandments in the Law. This is just scratching the surface in order to give a good direction to go when discussing Paul’s teachings.

Finally, we can see that it must have been obvious to Paul as well as to his followers that obedience to the law was expected. I believe that many of the details of Law observance were worked out in their public meetings as well as in the synagogues (see where James made the decision in Acts 15 that the Gentiles would learn the Law on the synagogues every Sabbath). May Yahweh (LORD) lead us into the truth and into His Kingdom by His wonderful Spirit which is the word of Yahweh (LORD)” (Eliyah, 2013). (John 6:63)

-The Berean

One final quote:

Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh (LORD); for it is not subject to the Law of Yahweh (LORD), nor indeed can be.

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7 thoughts on “Did Paul Teach that the Law was Done Away with?

  1. Oh and as a side note- if you change the words of a quote – the law stipulates you need to mark it so. For example – in your quoting the NKJV inserting Yahweh where the translation has LORD (Kyrios) in Greek.

    If you are claiming to demand complete obedience to the Torah – then obey the 8th Word of the Decalogue about bearing false witness…. and the New Testament rules about obeying the laws of government… just a thought… 🙂

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