Abolishing the Commandments in Ordinances (1)
Eph 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, He who has made both [Jews and Gentiles] one and has broken down the middle wall of partition, the enmity, (15) Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
(Part 1 of 2)
Christ broke down the middle wall of partition between the Jews and the Gentiles by abolishing the law of the commandments in ordinances. When He was crucified on the cross, all the ordinances were nailed there.
In the law of Moses there were two kinds of commandments: moral commandments, such as the commandments concerning stealing and the honoring of parents, and ritual commandments, such as the commandment concerning the keeping of the Sabbath. The commandments regarding circumcision and the eating regulations were ritual commandments, not moral commandments… A person’s morality is not affected by whether or not he eats something that is regarded as unclean [such as pork according to Lev. 11].
The moral laws will never be abolished, not in this age nor in the millennium nor in eternity. The ritual commandments, on the contrary, are not permanent… By the middle wall of partition Paul meant the law of commandments in ordinances, the ritual commandments related to circumcision, the Sabbath, and diet. The law of ritual commandments was a middle wall of partition between the Jews and the Gentiles. As we shall see, any ordinance or ritual is a middle wall of partition.