Morality vs. Mosaic Law (NY)

by Creflo Dollar | 14 Sep 2019


To discern the difference between the Law of Moses and God’s moral law, we need to rightly divide the Word. A proper knowledge in this area impacts our lives tremendously. It is a mistake to think that Mosaic Law can make us righteous in God’s eyes; it only points out what is wrong with us and makes us feel guilty and conscious of our sins. The problem started in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve believed the enemy’s lie that they had to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in order to become who God had already made them to be. This type of wrong-thinking still exists today. We think that we must do something to get what God has already made available to us—this is what Mosaic Law constantly tells us. However, we are freed from this type of bondage when we accept Jesus and trust Him to lead us by moral law that God has placed in each one of us.

  1. The Law of Moses exposes our guilt. The law could never do what moral law can.
    1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
      1. Properly discerning how Mosaic Law differs from moral law reveals the differences between servanthood and being sons of God.
      2. We must not misunderstand grace and think that under grace, morality is no longer important to God; it is. Neither should we mistakenly assume there are no laws under grace; there are.
    2. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:19, 20).
      1. The law was given to reveal sin, not to make us holy.
      2. Mosaic Law was given only to Jewish people; it consisted of moral law, civic law, and ceremonial law. Moral law was contained in the Ten Commandments; ceremonial law governed the system of animal sacrifices; civil law covered everything else pertaining to daily life.
      3. Mosaic Law contained more than six hundred laws. However, only the Ten Commandments were carved in stone because they contained God’s moral law.
      4. Moral law reflects God’s eternal nature and character.
      5. Rule-keeping in the form of six hundred-plus laws still could not produce morality.
    3. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another (Romans 2:14, 15).
      1. “The law” here refers to Mosaic Law. The Gentiles did not have this, yet they still lived by moral law that God had put into their hearts. They automatically knew right from wrong.
  1. God wants us to know Him, not what is right or wrong. The Holy Spirit leads us to God.
    1. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:17).
      1. The alternative to this tree was the Tree of Life; those who eat from the Tree of Life know nothing but God.
      2. The death that God warned man about refers to separation from the provisions and the life of God. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, their eyes were opened; they were ashamed because they were separated from the coats of glory God had provided them with. They moved into self-effort and tried to clothe themselves.
      3. God gave mankind a second chance to eat from the Tree of Life when He sent Jesus.
      4. …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
    2. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
      1. God’s law of morality has been written in our hearts; we become aware of it when we violate it and our conscience bothers us. Moral law tells us what is right and what is wrong.
      2. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of morality. When we yield to Him, He teaches us to do what is right.
      3. When we get born again, the Holy Spirit moves inside us, pours God’s love into our hearts, and begins working in us.
    3. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
      1. The Holy Spirit accepts the responsibility of working in us, so that eventually we want to do what pleases God.
      2. The Holy Spirit can change us from the inside out, but only when we trust Him to do so.
  1. Believers no longer have to live by trying to keep rules. We now have the law of love.
    1. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law (1 Corinthians 9:20, 21).
      1. The law of God is moral law.
      2. Jesus moved us from many laws to only one—the law of love.
      3. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another (John 13:34).
      4. Under the old covenant of Mosaic Law, the commandment to love focused on us loving God. Under the new covenant of grace, the focus has changed to loving each other.
      5. What grieves the Holy Spirit is when we mistreat each other.
      6. Under grace, the focus shifts from how much we love God to how much we believe He loves us.
      7. …but faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6).
    2. The royal law is all about loving others. We do well when we are motivated by the law of liberty, which is also the law of love. Under grace, we are empowered to love others because we have received God’s supernatural love.
      1. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well (James 2:8).
      2. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).
      3. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment (1 John 3:23).
  1. Letting love motivate us empowers us to keep God’s moral laws. This pleases Him.
    1. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
      1. The law of Christ enables us to love others the way God loves us. We show this type of love when we bear each other’s burdens.
    2. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5).
      1. The Holy Spirit’s first act in our lives is to pour supernatural love into our hearts. We see results when we operate in that love.
    3. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:28-30).
      1. What grieves the Holy Spirit is when we do not treat others with godly love.

To learn more about God’s moral law, click on the link below for my DVD, Morality vs. the Mosaic Law.

Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15

John 13:34

Romans 3:19, 20

Galatians 5:6

Romans 2:14, 15

James 2:8

Genesis 2:17

John 10:10

Philippians 2:13

Philippians 2:13, NLT

1 Corinthians 9:20, 21

James 1:25

1 John 3:23

Galatians 6:2

Romans 5:5

Ephesians 4:28-30