When a law has been abolished or repealed, it is no longer a crime to break that law. Technically you cannot break it because it no longer exists. An action that previously was considered a crime, worthy of punishment, is now deemed acceptable by society. Once a law is repealed or abolished, there are no more penalties, no more guilt, no fines, no imprisonment not even an admonition from the judge. You cannot break the law, for it is no longer a law. But perhaps the law of God is different in some way. Perhaps the Ten Commandments could be abolished and yet it still is wrong to break them? But, no, the biblical writers seem to look at the Ten Commandments the same way we look at the laws of man. John categorically defined sin so no one could misunderstand: "Sin is the transgression of the law" (I John 3:4). What happens to sin, then, if the law is abolished? Listen to Paul's reply: "For where no law is, there is no transgression" (Romans 4:15). Later in the same epistle, Paul affirms, "Sin is not imputed when there is no law" (Romans 5:13). Let's see if we can understand this. Suppose for a moment the Commandment "Thou shalt not steal" is abolished. (For, if the Ten Commandments are abolished, that law no longer exists.) Since there is no transgression where there is no law, then it is not a transgression to steal. In that case, there is no penalty, no guilt, and no forgiveness needed.