God’s Words Matter: The Law For Christians Today (Simply Discerned)

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INTRODUCTION

Once again, Hebrew (Synonymous) Parallelism simplifies the matter for us; it will be clear from the following passage in Proverbs, that God’s instruction for His people, at any given time, constitutes His extant law for them. Before the Mosaic era, that law did not include the law of carnal commandments, which is the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances (at least not to the full degree associated with the Mosaic law). Whereas, from the time of Exodus, up until the finished work of Christ on the cross, God’s law absolutely included the entirety of the Mosaic Law, the Law of Moses, the law of carnal commandments (which included the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, when discerned carnally, even after the letter alone, and not the Spirit).

After our Lord’s salvific work at Calvary was completed, the Mosaic law was abrogated, put away forever, being nailed to the cross with Christ, never to be seen again. Yet, the law of God as a whole was not abrogated; the law was simply (but profoundly) changed so that it consisted not of things carnal but of things spiritual; not of (now abolished) earthly ordinances but of spiritually-wrought, spiritually-discerned service to God as we, ‘by the mercies of God, present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] our reasonable service‘ [Romans 12:1]. This service does not consist of carnal rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices, diverse baptisms, civil laws, dietary laws, agricultural laws, Sabbath (and other Holy Day) keeping, etc.; but rather, this service is exemplified in the exhortation (i.e. commandment and admonition) to “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended [i.e. summed up again] in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law” [Romans 13:8-10].

THE KEY PASSAGE FOR THIS STUDY (BEING BUT ONE OF MANY ON THE SUBJECT)

Proverbs 4:1-13 “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only [beloved] in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.”

THE CLEAR IMPLICATION AND APPLICATION OF THIS PASSAGE

God’s words of instruction to us, constitute His doctrine for us, and this doctrine consists of His admonitions and commandments that together form His (extant, current) law for us as He instructs us on how to obey His word. Therefore, whatever God instructs us to do, teaches us to do, admonishes us to do, exhorts us to do, and/or commands us to do, becomes His law for us. We are to keep said laws/commandments in our heart, hiding and retaining them therein, meditating and ruminating upon them, so as to do them (to the degree that He both foreordained and currently enables — seeing that it is God who must work out His word, and His will, in us, as we ‘work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, [knowing that] it is God which worketh in us both to will and to do of [His] good pleasure‘ [Philippians 2:12-13]).

CONCLUSION

Far from being without law, against the law, lawless, etc., God’s people recognise that there is no separation between His words of doctrinal instruction to us and His law and commandments for us. The saints of God must not denigrate or despise the law but should recognise that we have been set free, set at liberty, to walk according to the instruction of God, which is His law (His nomos, His parceled out food for us, who are, His elect sheep). Remember Christian, our Lord has already testified that He has given all of his quickened saints a new spirit, with a new heart, with His laws written on the fleshy tables of that heart, with the Holy Spirit of God in us, to teach us, and to guide us, and to lead us into all truth — all according to His blessed, infallible, and holy word. Seeing that God’s extant word for us cannot be broken, set at nought, or made to conflict, let us strive to understand, to do, and to exhort in a manner that is consistent with, and harmonious to, the true nature of Holy Scripture — seeing that the word of God is perfectly congruent, perfectly harmonized, perfectly trustworthy, and perfectly applicable to all aspects of out lives.

With these blessed truths in mind, and all others, to God be the glory!

By Curt Wildy

A Work in Progress

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