What Happened to the Law for Jewish Christians in the First Century?

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I am teaching Romans 3 tomorrow in the men’s class and I have some questions that you might be able to help me with. I don’t want to spend much time on this in the class but I do want to make sure that I am not just making assumptions on some things about what people have learned regarding the law and what happened after Christ was raised from the dead. I know many of you have been to school to study Bible and theology so I am more so asking what you have typically heard about these things in teaching and preaching at church.

  1. What have you heard taught in churches happened to the law after Christ rose from the dead?
  2. What response were the Jews supposed to give so that the door could be opened to the Gentiles (especially as seen in Acts)?
  3. What was nailed to the cross besides Jesus and our sin?
  4. Was the law totally done away with after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
  5. What was the accusation leveled against Paul in the book of Acts?

Just gut level reactions to these questions would be helpful. I believe I know how the average or even advanced Christian would answer these questions (not certain they could answer #5) but I want to make sure I am not making assumptions here. How do you think the average Christian, if they gave an answer, would answer these questions? We will talk more later about the real answers to these questions and how many of the things we have heard are misperceptions and misinterpretations on the law and the early church based on a handful of misapplied scriptures.

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