There is an extreme culture shift coming when God establishes the new heavens and new earth. There will be no outward laws imposed on anyone. That’s right, no outward laws for the law of God will be written in our hearts. There will be no need for outward laws in society because absolutely nobody will need them.
Many Christians may be surprised to find out exactly what God thinks of laws. Let’s see what God says about the very Law He gave to Israel through Moses.
Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
If nobody can be justified and therefore be saved by keeping the law that God gave, why did God give it? He tells us in Romans quoted above that the purpose for giving the law was to convict every single person. Why would God want to do that? Simply to show man his need for the Savior, Jesus Christ.
God tells us in Romans that if a law could have been given to justify mankind then the law God gave us would have. But the problem wasn’t in the law God gave — the problem was in the people God gave it to.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
People could not keep the law in the first place. That’s the whole point of giving the law.
When God placed the man he had made in the garden of Eden with his newly ‘made’ wife, God gave man one law. That’s it. Just one. He told Adam, and Even through Adam, not to eat of the tree of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them that if they did so they would die. The more you study God’s Word the more you learn His ways. Do you remember the temptations and tribulations of Job? God allowed the devil to test Job, knowing Job would never deny God no matter what happened to him. God does not tempt people but he does test them throughout the Word of God. The same is true today.
The reason God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden where Adam was — instead of eliminating it altogether — was to test Adam. The question that had to be answered was, “Will Adam obey me or not?” Obviously not. Eve ate from the tree and Adam followed right along. The Bible says Eve was deceived by the devil but Adam just went along with it, undeceived.
God knew the outcome of Adam’s test before He ever made man in the first place. The test was for Adam’s sake, not God’s. Adam showed himself his own heart when he disobeyed God. The test proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that given a choice, man would choose the opposite of what God wanted.
Did God make man imperfect? I don’t believe He did. I don’t believe He made man perfect either. Man’s perfection lies in his response to God. That must be tested. Now the only choice other than God who is Good is evil. For man to choose other than God’s will, he had to have an option that was not God’s will. Anything not God’s will is “o the world” or “of the devil.” That ‘other choice’ had to come from somewhere. Hence the serpent was allowed in the garden to test man.
Adam Could Have Chosen to Obey God
Adam disobeyed God but it’s imperative to understand that he could have obeyed God instead. He had the power of choice given to him by his Creator, God. He had the relationship with God n full swing. He walked and talked with God as we only see a shadow of even with the new birth, holy spirit, which allows us to commune with God. Adam wasn’t perfect, nor was he imperfect. He had another choice too if you remember — to eat from the fruit of the tree of life, also in the garden. He didn’t eat from that tree. He chose to go for the fruit God told him not to eat instead.
Had Adam obeyed God he would never have eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he ate from the tree of life he would have instantly been perfected and made immortal. There would have been no death, no cursing of the earth, no sin whatsoever. But Adam did the opposite of God’s will and brought death upon himself and the entire human race.
There Will Be No Testing and No Laws on the New Earth
There will be no laws on the new earth for the simple reason that man will have been perfected before he can ever enter the new earth. Perfect people don’t need laws to govern their hearts and actions. Righteousness will emanate from within us in everything we say and do. Love will govern the universe instead of selfishness which rules now. God will not need to test anyone because each one of us will have already been purged of all unrighteousness. Where there is righteousness, no law needs to be imposed and no heart needs to be tested.
Let’s see what the purpose of any laws are from God’s perspective.
I Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
Laws are made for the lawless. Right now in this world we need laws to suppress and dissuade evil. We need stiff penalties for violent crimes. We need education for crimes committed in ignorance. We also need laws to curtail man’s government from over-restricting us and from using us. There is a very good reason for laws today, but even now most are not needed. In the United States alone we have tens of thousands of laws passed every year with none ever being repealed. With so many laws, it’s hard to go a day without violating at least one of them no matter how righteous your lifestyle is.
But on the new earth you can rest assured there will be no laws whatsoever. There will be no kings either. Read I Samuel about what God said to Israel — several times — when they asked for a king to rule them. God wasn’t very happy about their request, or rather their insistence on having a king. So God gave them Samuel.
Outside the commandment God gave to Adam, God didn’t give man laws for at least a couple thousand years after he made man. He allowed man to live without them for a long time. What happened to that arrangement? Evil multiplied. It became so bad that God had to bring the flood to wipe out everyone except Noah’s family. Man truly proved his own unrighteousness over a period of many years.
How would God keep mankind alive — and at least some of them believing Him — until the Savior would be born? He birthed the nation of Israel, that’s how. He chose Israel to be His people. All the other people had turned from Him and His purposes. So God called Israel and gave them His Law, knowing that law would impute sin upon everyone so that they could see they needed a savior, that ‘promised seed’ of the woman.
The New Earth Will Offer the Freedom We Can Only Dream Of Now
God describes the new earth as paradise. Imagine a world where people love God and each other in totality. Nobody will steal from anyone else because their heart will be to give, not take. Nobody will harm anyone else because the law of love in the heart will prevent it. There will never even be any thought of evil because we will have been perfected in Christ. Only the righteous will live on the new earth and no law is needed for the righteous.
Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
I’ll see you there!