Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Second London Baptist Confession

Chapter 19 - The Law of God

19.5 Obedience to the moral law remains for ever binding upon both justified persons and all others, and that in respect of the actual content of the law, and also of the authority of God, the creator, who is its author. In the gospel Christ in no way cancels the necessity for this obedience; on the contrary He greatly stresses our obligation to obey the moral law. Mat. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:31; 13:8-10; Jas. 2:8,10-12.

Pastor’s note: The 2LBC takes the common view that the law of Moses can be divided into moral, civil, and ceremonial components. While this view is commendable for its desire to maintain the usefulness of the law, it introduces a distinction which cannot be supported biblically. The law of Moses is viewed as an indivisible whole in Scripture. The Ten Commandments cannot be separated out as the only "moral" part. It is better to see the entire Mosaic law as a concrete application of the eternal moral law for that time and place in history. The law of Moses has now been set aside in its entirety (Rom 6:14, 15; 7:4, 6; 10:4; 1 Cor 9:20; Gal 2:16-20; 3:19, 24-25; 5:1, 15; Eph 2:15; Col 2:14). We live under a different covenant with a different legal code. Yet the entire law of Moses still functions for us a something of a precedent. It shows us how God's moral law was applied at that time and place, and thus it gives us perspective for how God's moral law can apply in our day and age, taking into account the relevant differences that obtain because of the coming of Christ. The law of Moses pointed to Christ, and Christ fulfilled the law (Matt 5:17). Therefore, whatever applications we may derive from the law of Moses must be seen from the perspective of Christ.

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