Monthly Archives: January 2012

God’s Law: and Human Tradition

What is the alternative to God’s law?  When people reject God’s standard for behavior, what do they put in its place?  Since human beings first fell into sin, it has been our tendency to want to replace God’s law with … Continue reading

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God’s Law: the Ceremonial Laws

We saw previously that we may not add to or subtract from God’s law (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32).  But God (as the Law-Giver) can and has.  There are Old Testament laws which the New Testament tells us are no longer binding … Continue reading

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God’s Law: its Place in the New Testament

To what extent and in what ways are we to keep Old Testament laws?  It’s a complex issue and it will take more than one entry to deal with the nuances of the question.  We have already seen that we … Continue reading

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God’s Law: Liberty and Justice for All

It has been suggested that the law of God as it was given in the Old Testament applied only to Israel: that God held Israel to a different standard than the other nations.  After all, God gave the law to … Continue reading

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God’s Law: our Obligation

Are Christians under any obligation to obey God’s law?  There are a number of places where the New Testament indicates that we are not “under the law” (Galatians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 9:20).  Rather we are “under grace” (Romans 6:14).  Some … Continue reading

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God’s Law: too Harsh—by what Standard?

We have been considering the claim that God’s law is too harsh.  Such an opinion may stem from a misunderstanding of the law.  We have seen that some of the apparent “harshness” of some Old Testament laws disappears when the … Continue reading

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God’s Law: too Harsh?

Critics of the Bible sometimes argue that at least some of God’s commandments are very harsh and unloving.  In particular, they often cite examples of Old Testament laws pertaining to penalties for certain crimes.  Adulterers could receive capital punishment (Leviticus … Continue reading

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God’s Law: its Purpose

Obedience to God’s law is not an attempt to earn salvation (Romans 3:20, 28).  That’s not the purpose of the law.  But that doesn’t mean that we are free to ignore the law of God either.  The law is for … Continue reading

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God’s Law: What it is Not

1 Timothy 1:8 states, “But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully.” This verse indicates that the law is good but it also implies that the law can be misused. People sometimes apply the law … Continue reading

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God’s Law: Introduction

Do you love the law of God?  King David wrote, “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”  (Psalm 119:97).  Christians like to think about God’s love, His mercy, and His grace.  We are quick … Continue reading

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