sermon: 'Done Away' Is Incorrect
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Mar-19; Sermon #1478; 64 minutes
The cavalier Protestant cliché "done away" has displaced the more accurate characterization "no longer required." In Acts 15, God indicates that He set aside physical circumcision, but there is no indication there that He permanently abolished it. Circumcision on the eighth day, while not required at this time, is also no transgression against the law. While Christ's sacrifice superseded the requisite for animal sacrifices, the Prophet Ezekiel prophecies that God will reinstitute them for the regathered House of Israel. At that time, He will require the Levitical Priests, who had hopelessly botched their responsibilities when living in "this present evil world," to rightly serve Him at the altar during the White Throne Period. Christ forecast the suspension of worship at Jerusalem to the Samaritan woman for an unspecified period of time. Yet, the last nine chapters of the Book of Ezekiel prophesies that regathered Israel will again participate in worshiping God at His Temple. God designed His precepts to last forever. Protestant pronouncements that God has "done away" with His Law, nailing it to the cross, are theologically errant. "Not required at this time" is a much more adequate description for the status of those precepts at this particular moment in God's plan.
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