RB, The Levitical law contained commandments of men and that's why it was annulled. The commandments of God still apply. For someone who thought the commandments of God were but "carnal ordinances, weak and unprofitable and beggarly elements" as you put it, Paul sure does issue a lot of commands as do all the rest of the New Testament writer's.
Bel/GB, Laws are LAWS....now, that being said, there were many, many laws that pertaineth only to Israel that were a type, or symbolical of them being a separate people from other nations
mainly found in Leviticus, which lasted only
until the time of reformation going from OT Moses' religion to the religion of the Son of God.
Hebrews 3:1-5~"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."
I'm holding on fast to CHRIST, and refuse to turn back to Moses to seek my forgiveness from him!
2nd Corinthians 3:5-15~"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart."
As it is upon your heart, and will remain as long as you seek forgiveness through obeying
Moses' law~which IS GLORIOUS, yet at the same time tells you THIS MOUNTAIN IS NO HIDING PLACE FOR SINNERS!
We were born of the Spirit, and refuse to seek perfection by Moses' law~which again ARE spiritual, good, and holy, far ABOVE our strength, and power to obey them perfectly, even though our desires are to do so~THEREBY, we seek for forgiveness THROUGH Jesus Christ.
As I said above, many laws ( in Leviticus ) were given only to the nation of Israel as a type or symbol of their sepatation from other nation which ONLY lasted until the coming of Christ
~mainly their dress codes and dietary laws~which we see clearly from Acts 10 that this is so. No law was EVER given to give the sinners HOPE of eternal life by obeying them
, NOT EVEN ONE~except to Adam, and we know that he failed to keep just one simple commandment, that should tell you something, if you would just consider it. That being said, and I trust, clearly
~I will say this so there will be no misunderstanding between us: "God's commandments SUMMED UP in the Ten Commandments are the very ones our new man SERVES and DELIGHTS IN, yet doing so, we see our NEED of Christ more than ever, since we know SIN IS PRESENT in our most holy moments~in our prayers, witnessing, testifying of God's goodness, in correcting our children, you name it, SIN IS PRESENT to our own grief of spirit if one is honest and is not deceived by his own self-worth. Well, I know what in your heart, BECAUSE I know my OWN SINFUL heart~sin dwells in all of us, just some of us can mortify sin and some do not have the power to do so.
For someone who thought the commandments of God were but "carnal ordinances, weak and unprofitable and beggarly elements" as you put it, Paul sure does issue a lot of commands as do all the rest of the New Testament writer's.
Bel/GB, I have given you the proper SENSE in which they are
"carnal ordinances, weak and unprofitable and beggarly elements"~and the sense in which they are not.
I want to move on to Romans 3:20....RB