4906 abolition

4906 abolition

The final ending and elimination of practices or states of affairs. Scripture looks forward to God’s final abolition of the present order, through the inauguration of the new Jerusalem.

Things to be abolished in the kingdom of God

War and destruction Hos 2:18 See also Ps 46:9-10; Isa 9:5; Zec 9:10

Illness and suffering Ex 23:25-26 See also Ex 15:26; Dt 7:15; Isa 53:4; Mt 8:16-17 pp Mk 1:32-34 pp Lk 4:40-41

Sin Ro 6:6 See also Eze 36:25-26 God speaks here of his abolition of sinful, human hard-heartedness; Ro 8:3-4; Heb 9:26

Death and mourning 1Co 15:24-26; Rev 21:1-4 See also Isa 25:7-8; Isa 65:17-20; 1Co 15:54-55; 2Ti 1:10; Rev 20:13-14

The abolition of idolatry in Israel

Israel was commanded to abolish Canaanite worship Ex 23:24 See also Ex 34:13; Nu 33:50-52; Dt 12:2-3

The abolition of mediums and spiritists Dt 18:9-12; 1Sa 28:3-9; 2Ki 23:24

In Asa’s reign 1Ki 15:11-13 pp 2Ch 14:2-3

In Hezekiah’s reign 2Ki 18:4 pp 2Ch 31:1

In Josiah’s reign 2Ki 23:4-20 pp 2Ch 34:3-7 pp 2Ch 34:33

The abolition of the temple

Sacrifice in the temple abolished Da 11:31 Antiochus Epiphanes abolished the daily sacrifice in the temple in 168 B.C., thereby attacking the symbolic centre of Israel’s life. See also Da 12:11

Jesus Christ was accused of seeking to abolish the temple Mt 26:61 pp Mk 14:58 See also Mt 21:12-13 pp Mk 11:15-17 pp Lk 19:45-46 Jesus Christ’s action may have been understood as a symbolic abolition of a defiled sacrificial system; Mt 27:39-40 pp Mk 15:29-30; Ac 6:14

The final abolition of the temple in the new Jerusalem Rev 21:22

Abolition and the law

The law has not been abolished Mt 5:17-19 See also Ro 3:31

The law has been abolished as an instrument of condemnation Col 2:13-14 See also 2Co 3:6-17; Eph 2:14-16; Heb 10:1-10

The law does not abolish God’s promises Gal 3:17-18 God did not abolish his promise of righteousness to Abraham when he gave the law, because the promise was not conditional upon keeping the law but is received by faith. See also Ro 4:14

The offence of the cross is abolished by accepting circumcision Gal 5:11 Jews found offensive the Christians’claim that salvation did not come through keeping the law, but instead through faith in a crucified Messiah, whom the law had cursed. Paul regarded “the offence of the cross” as central to the gospel, and refused to make salvation conditional upon circumcision and obedience to the law. See also 1Co 1:22-24; 1Co 2:2; Gal 3:13; Gal 5:2; Gal 6:14-15

See also

4175mediums
5297disease
5333healing
5375law
7334circumcision
7374high places
7466temples
8768idolatry
9020death
9115antichrist, the
9160new heavens & new earth

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