Attempts to answer that question relegate Christendom to a toppled ant mound, scurrying in hundreds of directions, each with a differing view of where to draw a magical line perceived to divide the Law into “those parts we obey” and “those parts we do not obey.” But, before we get into the seemingly random divisions attempted on the law, let’s begin by way of definition as to what the Law is.
Luke 24:44 (NIV) 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 1 Corinthians 9:9 (NIV) 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned?
Divisions of The Law Being that it is impossible for modern day believers to adhere to certain parts of the law, such as the legal portions, which cannot be enforced, then if one attempts to render the law operational today, one must divide the law into the part(s) which are obeyed by believers and the part(s) which are not.
The Purpose of The Law In order to come to terms with the role Law of Moses in the lives of New Testament believers, the New Testament itself must be the beginning of knowledge.
Verse 21 states that if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law, affirming that the law has no part of salvation.
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series The Law and The BelieverThe Law is Made Inoperative in Christ The previous section notes clearly the biblical depiction of the law of Moses as a “guardian” or a “tutor” in the lives of God’s people until the time when Christ arrived, and maturity was [...]
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Law and The BelieverAs was noted in the last post, according to Galatians 3, the law served as a tutor to point God’s people to Christ. As youth, we were all required the continual tutelage of parents, teachers and godly adults to properly lead [...]
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The Law and The BelieverThe Boundaries of The New Law (The following is a continuation of “The Law and the Believer,” and assumes the reading of earlier prerequisite posts.) From the day of Pentecost, believers have experienced the full fruition of God’s ancient promise to [...]