The Law in Holy Scripture

by Glen H. Jones

Ten authors each present one monograph on the meaning of the Old Testament Law (Torah). Three write from the Old Testament perspective; seven present Law from the New Testament view. The Old Testament essays show the Law defines man's relationship with God. This relationship occurs in narrative context ("Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly."). The Ten Commandments, for example, also placed man's relationship with God in a context of commands ("This do and you shall live").

The authors of the New Testament monographs show the relationship of Jesus and the Law. Jesus explained the intended meaning of Old Testament Law. The rigid keeping of the Law often broke the spirit of the Law. Luke, in his Gospel, points out that Jews have an historical attachment to the Law. These attachments, however, are not incumbent upon Gentile Christians.

The Jewish apostle Paul wrote forcefully about salvation apart from the Law. A careful reading of the Pauline epistles will show that Paul believed the Law was good, not as a means of salvation, but as a vehicle to show us that we need salvation through faith in Christ.

Target: Bible Students

Type:   Law in Both Testaments

Take:     Recommended

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