The Law and the Christian

I am continuing to teach on God and human sexuality on Sunday morning and we have been covering various topics. Coming up soon is the relation between God’s Law and the Christian. Many will say that the Law of God does not apply, and therefore its prohibition against homosexuals is no longer valid, after all we wear fabrics with two kinds of cloth and eat shrimp.

I am not arguing that there are not certain aspects of ceremonial law that have been fulfilled in Christ, of course there are (Acts 10:9-48). But most Christians do not know how to respond to these kinds of charges because they do not understand the Law. This is a problem because many churches in America have no sense of the biblical understanding of the covenant of they are a part.

There is a thinking in mainline churches that the church and Israel are separate. That all that stuff in the Old Testament was for the nation of Israel, and now the New Testament is for the church, but this sort of thinking does not get you very far in the New Testament at all for two reasons. 1) We don’t have two books (Old and New Testament) we have one book given to the church from God (the whole Bible) and we have one covenant of grace.

And 2) the Church is the fulfillment of Israel, the new Israel of God (Galatians 6:16). The church is the heavenly, and new, Jerusalem (Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 21:1-2, 9-10). The church is the chosen race, the royal priesthood, a holy nation, and the people of God’s own possession (compare 1 Peter 2:9-10 and Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2). The church is God’s house (1 Timothy 3:14-15; Hebrews 3:6; 1 Peter 4:17), the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:11, 16-17, 6:19; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5-7), and the family of God (Matthew 12:49-50; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 2:19; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 5:1). And the church is the family of Abraham (Romans 4:16; Galatians 3:7).

Since all of this is true about the church, it follows that it is a heresy in the church to say that the Law of God has no meaning nor any binding force for man today. Jesus (as the true Israelite) came to fulfill (bring it to completion) the Law, not abolish it, and as the Lord said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). The Law of God remains for the people of God, the church.

Christians are indeed dead to the Law of God as an indictment against us (Galatians 2:19; Romans 7:4) because Christ died for us. However, we are alive to the Law of God as the righteousness of God. Man, in Christ, is restored to a position of law-keeping (Romans 3:31, 8:2-4).

After all, Jesus is the Emperor of the Cosmos (Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16-20) and He is bringing all nations to Himself and putting all His enemies under His feet (Psalm 2, 72, 110; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27). And since the Bible declares this to be true and happening currently in human history, we have to ask: “By what standard is Christ, the Emperor, ruling and reigning?”

To put it another way we could say that the Law, is therefore, the law for Christians, and Christian societies. The purpose of God’s Law is the restitution of God’s order in the world.

The restoration of the covenant God made with Adam is the work of Jesus Christ on earth (Jesus is the new Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45), which is to bring God’s grace to God’s people. The fulfillment of that covenant is our great commission from our King: to subdue all things and all nations to Christ and His law (Matthew 28:18-20).

By what standard is Jesus ruling and reigning? The Law of God.

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