“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:19–24, KJV)
Luke 16:16 (KJV) The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Dispensationalism is the doctrine recognizing that although God has only ONE plan of salvation, God dealt differently with mankind during different periods.
God at one time dealt with mankind with kings and kingdoms.
Then it was through the law.
Galatians 3:19 explains that the law ended once Jesus Christ was in His ministry. Luke 16:16 identifies the same period. Christ completed the law.
We aren’t under that covenant any more. The covenant of Abraham was performed entirely by God. Abraham just had to wait by the sacrifice, and God performed it.
The same with the new covenant. We just accepted the work Christ did on the Cross. We were crucified with Him, buried with Him in death, raised to walk in the newness of life.
This creates a huge conflict with any Torah observance message in Messianic Judaism. They teach the Torah is for today, but the number of those adherents are starting to disappear – and the remainder are now teaching the law is for Jews only.
That’s not what the Bible says. If you’re Jewish and not saved, you must keep the Torah perfectly, without sinning. Any Jew will tell you that’s impossible.
If you’re a Jew, you need the same salvation every Gentile needs – salvation by faith through grace, through believing in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and repentance towards sin.
The Bible says the law and the prophets were until John. The Bible says that the law was “…till the seed should come to whom the promise was made”.
This is Dispensationalism. This led to a lot of Messianic Rabbi’s rejecting Dispensationalism, because it just didn’t agree with Messianic doctrine on Soteriology and Nomosology (the doctrines of salvation and the law, respectively).
The law is no more. You CANNOT keep it perfectly enough to be saved.
THAT’S THE POINT!
Jesus Christ is the only man who could keep it perfectly without sinning – and I suspect it had something to do with the fact that He is God.
Because God came in the form of a man and kept the law, it was fulfilled and accomplished.
And that age is done.