What is meant by law?
by Bob Jennings
The word law occurs about 75 times in the book of Romans. There are various meanings:
1. Sometimes it means principle: “a different law in the members of my body, Romans 7:23. It speaks of the way things work, such as, the “law of gravity”.
2. Sometimes it refers to a rule of conduct: “a law to themselves”, Romans 2:14. A man may have no Bible, yet his conscience is his rule of conduct. The law officer enforces the law, the rules of conduct.
3. Sometimes it refers to the whole Old Testament Scriptures: “You who boast in the Law”, Romans 2:23. The Jews had the written revelation of God’s rule of conduct.
4. Sometimes it refers to the Pentetuch, the first five Books of the OT: “the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms”, Luke 24:44.
5. Sometimes it refers to the Ten Commandments: “has fulfilled the law. For this, You shall not”, Romans 13:8-9.
6. Sometimes it refers to the Old Covenant, that is, Judaism, or the Historic dispensation of Law: “to the Jews, to those who are under the Law”, 1 Cor. 9:21, Ga. 4:4, Romans 5:20, 2 Cor. 3.
7. Sometimes law means the system of works: “for as many as are of the works of the Law”, Galatians 3:10.
“I Have Become All Things to All People”
In saying, "I have become all things to all people" Paul is not saying that he compromised in one bit of anything necessary, rather he was unbending. Yet when it came to these issues...
Be Careful Before You Call Someone Antinomian
When you start talking this way people want to label you as antinomian, you know saying, "You guys just allow everything." No, that's not it...
Feasts Forever and Old Testament Food Laws?
If you view the Old Testament food laws as "Health Food from God", then you're missing the point of those laws. The Lord gave those food laws to...
The Law of Christ (Part 3)
The law of Christ is superior to every other revelation of law because it flows from His "new commandment" that we are to "loved as He loved." This Christlike love embodies...
The Great Change of the New Covenant
There are many other things that were going to happen with the coming of the New Covenant. And they would've staggered the imagination of even...
The Christian is Not Under the Law
The Christian is not under the law, but is being changed into Christ's image as they live a life looking to Him.
The Law Imprisoned Men Until Christ Came
Men are imprisoned under the law but due to the weakness of the flesh they do not want to be there.
We Live With Our Eyes On Christ
The Galatians were wanting to be perfected and grow and advance in the Christian life...
Paul Preached Christ Crucified, Not Works
The Apostle Paul was being accused of preaching a different gospel to the Jews and to the Gentiles.
Offering Sacrifices Outside of the Camp
Christ is Him who abandoned comfort and safety and went outside of the camp to suffer and die upon the Cross for our sins.
Two Mountains: Mt. Zion & Mt. Sinai
Mt. Sinai says "Do this and you will live." Yet Mt. Zion shouts "It is finished!"
Defend Yourself or Turn the Other Cheek?
And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
Pacifism and Capital Punishment
Theonomy wants to make the Law of Moses the "law of the land," pacifism wants to apply the Sermon on the Mount in a similar fashion. Which position, if either, is Biblical?
Is it wrong for Christians to get tattoos?
This question is perhaps worthy of consideration, not only because tattoos are advocated in our day as a “witnessing tool,” but also because it provides an opportunity to explore some overarching New Testament principles that apply to questions of this sort.
Four Cornerstones of the Christian Life
Growth and progress in the Christian life begins with--and is continually sustained by-- a solid foundation of basic truths concerning who the believer is in Christ. In this message, Charles Leiter explains the four cornerstones that form this solid foundation.
A Study on the Law and Legalism
Many people will make the accusation of legalism against those who confront them about their sin. But what exactly is legalism? It is common to have legalism sneak in the door in many churches, make sure your right.