Friday, January 15, 2016

Old Law vs. New Law Interactive Bulletin Board
This is an interactive bulletin board that can be used as reference for the Old Laws vs. the New Laws.

I decided to create this since I refer to the Old Law and the New Law a lot, especially when we study the book of Acts. This can be used on a bulletin board or a poster board. It can also be used as a Magnetic Board Visual.

The facts for each side of the cross can be stapled or attached with Velcro. Everything can be put up all at once for a complete look to refer to. Or, you can add the parts as you teach that in your study.

I added color cardstock on the headings and scripture to make those pop. I cut the brown strips of construction paper or cardstock into 3" strips to make the cross. Your finished size will depend on where you will use it.
I use my hands to follow the shape of the cross when I begin. Then, I swish my hand right to left for the Old Law being done away with when Jesus died on the cross. (Like you are pushing something away.) I bring my hands toward me to show after the cross and the New Laws.

* I have been using this for months now and it has really helped the students understand how and when the Old law vs the New Law changes were made as we study Acts. My assistant said "If I had this when I was young, I would have really understood it better!" Most of the scriptures for the new law are from Acts, since that is what we are studying.
Click here to download.

Due to a comment below, I thought I would add some scriptures that discuss the reason the Old Law was done away with.
This was always God’s plan. Luke 24:44, Matthew 5:17-18
The Bible clearly states the changes in Hebrews 10:9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 

And in Colossians 2:14: having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
And again in Hebrews 8:13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:6-13 has a longer explanation)
Here is another in Hebrews 9:15:  And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (The full thought is Hebrews 9:1-18)

Again in Hebrews 7:18-19 states For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (Full thought is Hebrews 7:11-22)
Even the prophets told a Savior was coming. Acts 8:26-39, Isaiah 53:7-8, Luke 24:44, John 1:45, Jeremiah 31:33

This is just some of the scriptures and not in any particular order.  Click to see them.

These links go more in depth with a much better skill than I have. Just click on them to be directed to them.

Part 2: What about grace? This is the long answer to a question you will find in the comments below.
Covenant (Biblical) Covenant (law)

After reading all the scriptures above about the old and new law, or covenant, it is clear that God has His laws, covenant, rules that we have to obey (or try to). You can find a great explanation here with lots more scripture, so I won't rewrite it. But here are some more verses that call the Old Testament changes to a new law. Simply put, there has to be rules or there isn't such a thing as sin. If there wasn't sin, there wouldn't be a need for grace.
Romans 4:15  because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 
But we have God's grace.  2 Corinthians 5:10

Are we under Law or Grace? Another great resource that explains this question. With scripture.
In that same context, grace doesn't mean you can do whatever you want and not obey what God wants and expect God's grace to save us.  Revelation 2:10 We have access to grace, but it doesn’t automatically save us. Romans 5:1-2
Matthew 7:21 “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.
James 2  Faith

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.  Used by permission.


  1. I really struggle with the premise that God changed his laws upon the death of his son. Does that mean that for example, while mother is alive, and she instructed her children, "clean up after yourselves, brush your teeth after dinner, take out the garbage, and so on," and that if she died, those children would no longer be bound to those same instructions??? That is the logic I see played out. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. A judge that changes his mind is to me a judge who can't be trusted. I challenge you to reconsider your position.

    1. I have added some scriptures in the post above. I also added some great links that have more scriptures. Using your example, here is the example Paul wrote to help the people understand: Romans 7:1-6. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Good to compare the old and new covenants, but the new covenant isn't a covenant of law, but of grace. This visual kind of gives the impression that the two covenants work the same way, just with different laws.

    1. There are so many scriptures for this, so instead of listing them here, they are in the post above under Part 2. I explained about the law, which the writers in the New Testament clearly call law or covenant. Yes, we have grace, but we have to do what God wants to receive it. Thanks for the comment. It is an excellent Bible study.


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate it! They will be added as soon as they are approved.