But aren't we under the law of Messiah (Christ)?
How many "different" laws are we commanded to obey? The answer is "One". There aren't two laws today, as so many ministers like to teach. They say there's the Law of the Heavenly Father and the Law of the Messiah, or the Christ, as it's typically called.
When the Messiah Yahoshua walked the earth he made it clear on numerous occasions that he did not come to do "his will" but the will of the One who sent him, namely His Elohim and Father, Yahuweh (John 20:17)
Joh 7:17 "If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of Elohim or whether I speak for Myself.
Messiah was NOT speaking for himself, he was 'commanded' by the One who sent him as to what to say and what to speak.
Joh 12:49 "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.
And the Father did not 'then, now, nor will He ever' say His Perfect Law was going to be changed or done away with. "I am Yahuweh, I change not...." Mal 3:6.
Mat 5:18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from (My Father's) Law until all is accomplished.
Is it possible for the Savior to have made it any clearer? Has 'heaven and earth' passed away yet?
(These passages, Matt 5:17-19, will be discussed in detail in Part 3.)
Jer 6:16 Thus says Yahuweh, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'
Jer 6:19 "Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, as for My law, they have rejected it.
And Even though Israel at times lived righteously by obeying the Law, many times they did not, and they suffered the consequences of their sin. But Yahuweh promised to send a "Redeemer" to die on behalf of Israel's transgression, he laid down his life for all the sins of those that would choose to give their life to him. (Luk 9:23; Gal 2:20) He came to save His People from their "sins" not from the Heavenly Father's Law.
The Messiah tells us that it's "those who do the will of the Father" that are his brothers, sisters, and mothers. (Mat 12:50). What was the "will of the Father when Yahoshua spoke those words? Clearly it was his "perfect, holy and just Law" (Ps 19:7; Rom 7:12). As it is today.
The Messiah also warns us that if we do not do the "will of the Father" we will be turned away on Judgment Day.
Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Mat 7:22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
Mat 7:23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice Lawlessness (sin).
In both of these instances above (Matt 12:50; 7:21), what was the "will of the Father" at the time Messiah made these statements? Clearly it was obeying His Commandments, His Law.
There is "one Law" and "one Lawgiver", not two, and that One is the heavenly Father, Yahuweh. (James 4:12)
The Messiah, as every prophet before him, came to tell us to "repent" stop sinning, or we will perish (Luk 13:3,5; 2 Kgs 17:13). And he suffered and died for those who would obey him