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Pro-Law Verses in the New Testament

Most of us have heard all the arguments against keeping God’s Law, then followed by the counter arguments for keeping it. (If you are still searching then please consider our article:, which presents a simple and basic explanation of why we aught still be keeping it.) In the future we will have a verse by verse, in depth response to each of the arguments against keeping God’s Law today, which will be linked to this page upon completion.

This article will be a little different. This will be more of a concordance of every blatantly obvious and indisputable New Testament verse that shows the importance and relevance of God’s Law for today, arranged by the order of books in the New Testament. This will always be a work in progress, if you know of something that could be added please let us know.

This article does not take into consideration sections that prove the Law by implication, for two simple reasons. 1) Though it may be clear and obvious to one who is already keeping this Law, those who are not will not see it in that light and it would prove ineffective. 2) There are simply too many to list them all here, most if not all, of the New Testament, in some way or another requires the foundation and relevance of the Law present in their time as well as ours.

Examples of these concepts would be:

Sin - 1 John 3:4 defines sin as lawlessness. Therefore every mention of “sin” immediately points to the need for the Law. Needless o say sin is mentioned very frequently.
“It is written” - Every time a New Testament author says “it is written”, they stand on the authority of the scriptures that come before them, i.e.. the Old Testament.
Synonyms - God’s Law comes in many synonyms, (many of which are found in Psalm 119, being as the whole psalm is about His Law). These synonyms include: word, commandments, statutes, judgements, precepts, testimonies, etc. Of course not every use of these words is reference to the Law, this is where context comes into play.
Specific commandments - Much of the time the debate is not about the Law as a whole, but rather about specific aspects, i.e. sabbath, festivals, food laws, circumcision, etc. These specifics will not be addressed in this article, though we have individual articles on some of these topics on our website as well,

This article also does not include sections of the Old Testament that show the everlasting nature of the Law, which are many. But because most people who question the Law would not hear what the Old Testament has to say on the subject, there is little reason to include them at this time.

Another thing that must be understood is that when the bible, New or Old, speaks of the Law, it is not speaking exclusively of the “Ten Commandments”. The Ten Commandments are not even called that in the bible, they are literally called the “Ten words” or “Ten matters” and are mistranslated as the commandments. Moreover, the term Law (Heb. Torah, Grk. Nomos) are not used in reference to them but rather to the whole of the instructions given by God. For example:

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the Law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:7-8

It’s really just semantics, If God said it, it’s His Law, His instruction, and we ought to do it.

On a final note, this is not meant to be used as ammunition for strife and debate, please do not use this material to prove that you were right or to belittle another. I pray this may be used as Godly edification and instruction to those who are seeking, with an open mind.

TIP: If your reading this on a computer, try using Ctrl+F (Apple: Command+F) to find what you're looking for faster, by searching the name of a book, or perhaps part of a verse, or a keyword. The verses listed below are in the NKJV.


Matthew 5:17-19

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew 15:1-9
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment[d] of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

Matthew 19:17
17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Matthew 23:23
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.


Luke 10:25-26
And behold, a certain lawyer (more accurately: Law-teacher) stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
Luke 11:42
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Luke 16:29-31

 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”


Acts 15:19-21
19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
(Implying that the gentiles will hear Moses in the synagogue every sabbath and learn over time from it.)

Acts 21:21-24
 21 but they have been informed about you (Paul) that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. 22 What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. 24 Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.


Romans 2:26:27
 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law?

Romans 3:31
Do we then make void the Law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Romans 7:12
Therefore the Law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Romans 7:14
For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Romans 7:16
16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the Law that it is good.

Romans 7:22
For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man.

Romans 7:25
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the Law of sin.

Romans 8:7
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, nor indeed can be.

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
Circumcision is a nickname for a certain sect of Phariseeism. See Acts 15.

1 Timothy

1 Timothy 1:8
But we know that the Law is good if one uses it lawfully

2 Timothy

2 Timothy 3:15-17
and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


James 1:25
But he who looks into the perfect Law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

James 2:8-9
If you really fulfill the royal Law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the Law as transgressors.

1 John

1 John 2:3-7
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

1 John 3:4-10
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:22
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1 John 5:2-3
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

2 John

2 John 1:6
This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.


Revelation 12:17
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 12:17
Blessed are those who do His commandments,  that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.