Must Christians Keep the Mosaic Law?

Episode 639 Show Notes 

From the Show

Christians are not called to obey the law of Moses in order to be justified. That is not to say that the law is a bad thing, it simply is not how we are made right in God’s sight. If you are hearing people who are trying to put you under the law as a believer in Jesus, saying that “you can’t be saved unless you keep this or that,” point them to Acts 15, Galatians, or Romans. We are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

——Adriel Sanchez

Must Christians Keep the Mosaic Law?

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I’m still relatively new to the faith. Recently I’ve been confused about the meaning of 1st John chapter 3 verse 4. There are a lot of discrepancies regarding that verse, and many are using it to say that we must uphold God’s law, including the sabbath. I ended up going deep down the rabbit hole of the internet a couple weeks back and I’ve discovered that there are some groups claiming that our salvation is contingent upon our obedience to the Mosaic Law. I know that we aren’t justified by the law, but all the conflicting information online has been making me really overwhelmed, confused and stressed. What should I do?

2. How should we respond to Messianic Judaism?

3. In Matthew 7, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” This sounds like one of the scarier passages in the bible, what is your interpretation of this?

4. In Luke 22, Jesus says that one should sell their cloak and buy a sword. What does this mean?

5. In 1 Timothy 2, Paul says that God desires all to be saved, if this is true, why aren’t all people saved?

Today’s Offer

Seeing Jesus

Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.

Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.


Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton

Photo of Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

Go Deeper

A continually growing library of Bible Studies to answer the most vital questions facing Christians today.

Core Studies

Get the Bible Studies