The Law of Moses and the Christian

The Law of Moses and the Christian


When we ask the question, “How does the Old Testament Law apply to the New Testament Christian?” we must be thoughtful with our answer. These laws are not our laws. They are not binding on us as if we still lived in the Old Covenant. But if we stop there and throw out the Old Testament, we’re not being thoughtful or faithful. There is a strong, beautiful, powerful relationship between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. And the New Testament authors, at times, morally mandate us to live out many of the commands first given in the Old Covenant. I believe with all my heart what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” As we look at the Law over these next few months, my approach will be to help us remember that these laws are not our laws today as the church, and to never forget these are the Holy Scriptures, breathed out by God, and they are useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. These laws teach us profound realities about God and His heart toward us. They teach us about our human situation and our need for grace and mercy. And they will, at times, directly inform our understanding of the New Covenant commands that are binding on us as the church.


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