The Law and the Christian
The Role of the OT Law in the Life of a Christian
Does the OT Law apply to the Christian?
1. Yes. All of the Law is for the Christian. It applies to the church in the same way that it applied to Israel.
Problem: This approach does not explain the negative statements in the NT about the Law (Rom 5:20; 6:14; 7:11; Gal 3:10, 12; 19, 21; 24-25; 5:3; Eph 2:15; Col 2:14; 1 Tim 1:8; Heb 8:13). This was the approach of the Judaizers.
2. No. None of the Law is for the Christian. It is only for Israel and/or the unbeliever.
Problem: This approach does not explain the positive statements in the NT about the Law (Matt 5:17-20; Rom 3:27, 31; 7:12, 14; 8:2; 13:9-10; 1 Cor 7:19; 9:21; Gal 5:14; 6:2; Eph 6:1-3; 2 Tim 3:16-17; James 1:25; 2:8).
3. Yes and no. Certain parts of the Law apply to the Christian. The moral laws apply to the Christian, but the civil and ceremonial laws do not apply to us.
Problem: This threefold division in the Law is never found in Scripture. Moreover, all the laws were moral for Israel, because God commanded Israel to obey them.
4. Yes. All of the Law is for the Christian. However, it applies to the church in a different way than how it applied to Israel under the Old Covenant. Now the Law must be understood in light of the dramatic changes that have taken place in redemptive history.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and its perfect interpreter. Before applying any OT law to us as Christians, we must first read the Law in light of Jesus and His role in redemptive history.
- America is not God’s Covenant Nation – Part 2: America Never Cut Covenant With God (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)