Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Second London Baptist Confession

Chapter 19 - The Law of God

19.3 Besides the moral law God also gave to the people of Israel ceremonial laws which served as types of things to come. They fell into two main groups. In one group were rites, partly relating to worship, which pre-figured Christ, His graces, actions, sufferings, and the blessings He procured for us. The other group contained a variety of instructions about moral duties. By divine appointment all these ceremonial laws were to be observed, but only until they were abrogated in New Testament days by Jesus Christ, the true Messiah and only law-giver who was empowered by the Father to terminate them. 1 Cor. 5:7; Eph. 2:14,16; Col. 2:14,16,17; Heb. 10:1.

19.4 To the people of Israel God also gave sundry judicial laws which applied as long as they remained a nation. The principles of equity which appear in them are still valid, not because they are found in Moses' laws but in virtue of their unchanging character. 1 Cor. 9:8-10.

*See note under last week's post on the 2LBC.

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