The Law and the
The Purpose of the
Therefore no one will
be declared righteous in his sight by observing
the law; rather, through the law we become
conscious of sin. Romans 3:20.
How particular is God
concerning Christians conduct?
For whoever keeps the
whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is
guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10.
Christ Saves Man, Magnifies
What is the gospel
declared to be?
I am not ashamed of
the gospel, because it is the power of God for
the salvation of everyone who believes: first
for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans
What is the significance
of the name Jesus?
She will give birth to
a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.
In whom is this power to save
from sin revealed?
But we preach Christ
crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and
Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both
Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians
How was Christs attitude
toward Gods law foretold?
Then I said, Here
I am, I have come It is written about me
in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my
God; your law is within my heart. Psalm
What does Christ promise of
the new covenant?
But the ministry Jesus
has received is as superior to theirs as the
covenant of which he is mediator is superior
to the old one, and it is founded on
better promises. This is the covenant I will
make with the house of Israel after that time,
declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their
minds and write them on their hearts. I will
be their God, and they will be my people.
Hebrews 8: 6,10.
What must we do in order to
benefit by Christs work?
For it is with your
heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and
are saved. Romans 10:10.
For what did the Apostle
Paul trust Christ?
What is more, I
consider everything a loss compared to the
surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my
Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I
consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and
be found in him, not having a righteousness of my
own that comes from the law, but that which is
through faith in Christ the
righteousness that comes from God and is by
faith. Philippians 3:8,9.
Does the faith that brings
righteousness abolish the law?
Do we, then, nullify
the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we
uphold the law.
Note - In the gospel, the
law, first written in the heart of Christ, is
transferred to the heart of the believer, where
Christ dwells by faith. Thus the new covenant is
fulfilled. This is righteousness by faith
a righteousness that is witnessed by the law, and
revealed in life in harmony with the law. Such
faith, instead of making void the law,
establishes it in the heart of the believer.
The law demands obedience,
but cannot produce it; it is holy in itself, but
it can not make us holy; it convinces of sin, but
it cannot cure it; it reveals the disease, but it
cannot provide the remedy; while the gospel both
requires and enables, saves and sanctifies
(Romans 3:19-32; 4:15; 5:20, 21; 7:7-13; II
Corinthians 3:7-9; Galatians 3:21-24; I Timothy
The gospel shows us the
Savior whom we need, and declares that He has
fully obeyed the precepts of the law by His
spotless life as our great representative, as
well as completely exhausted its penalties
through His atoning death as our substitute (II
What did Christ take away?
Look, the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!
What has Christ abolished?
But it has now been
revealed through the appearing of our Savior,
Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and
has brought life and immortality to light through
2 Timothy 1:10.
Note Man needs to be
solemnly reminded that the law of the spirit of
life in Christ sets him free from the law of
sin and death, but not from the law of God.
What change is brought about
through the gospel?
And we, who with
unveiled faces all reflect the Lords glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18.
Note It is sometimes
claimed that Christ changed, abolished, or took
away the moral law, and put the gospel in its
place; but this shows a misapprehension of the
real work of Christ. The individual believer is
changed by beholding the glory revealed in the
gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 1:14); death has
been abolished through the death of Christ; and
the great Sin Bearer has taken sin away; but the
law of God still remains unchanged as the very
foundation of His throne.
What spiritual interpretation
did Christ give the sixth and seventh
You have heard that
it was said to the people long ago, Do not
murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to
judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is
angry with his brother will be subject to
judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother,
Raca, is answerable to the Sanhedrin.
But anyone who says, You fool! will
be in danger of the fire of hell. Matthew
5:21,22. You heard that it was said,
Do not commit adultery. But I tell
you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully
has already committed adultery with her in his
heart. Verses 27,28.
Of what prophecy was this
teaching a fulfillment?
It pleased the Lord
for the sake of his righteousness to make his
law great and glorious.
Note Christ not only
gave a spiritual interpretation of the law, and
Himself thus observed it, but He showed the
holiness and the immutable nature of the law by
dying on the cross to pay the penalty of its
transgression. In this way, above all, He
magnified the law.
Grace and the Law
In what promise was the gospel
preached to Abraham?
The Scripture foresaw
that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and
announced the gospel in advance to Abraham:
All nations will be blessed through you,
So those who have faith are blessed along with
Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:8.
On what basis was Abraham
What does the
Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and
it was credited to him as righteousness.
What scripture cuts off all
hope of justification by works?
Therefore no one
will be declared righteous in the sight by
observing the law; rather, through the law we
become conscious of sin. Romans 3:20.
In what was are all
believers in Jesus justified?
And are justified freely
by his grace through the redemption that came
by Christ Jesus.
Is the believer expected to go
on in sin after this?
What shall we say,
then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may
increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we
live in it any longer? Romans 6:1,2.
What was Christs
personal attitude toward the law?
Do not think that I
have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I
have not come to abolish them but to fulfill
them. Matthew 5:17.
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my
love, just as I have obeyed my Fathers
commands and remain in his love.
What scripture shows that
Gods remnant people will understand the
proper relation between law and gospel?
This calls for patient
endurance on the part of the saints who obey
Gods commandments and remain faithful to
Jesus. Revelation 14:12.
Note God has not left
men enmeshed in their own disobedience He
has provided a way of restoration. This is not by
pulling the heavenly standard down to the level
of our guiltiness and weakness, but by lifting
men up to the eternal standard of his holiness.
This restoration is restoration to a state of
obedience to the Law.
The atonement of Jesus Christ bears an eternal
relation to the Law of God, the Law that is holy,
just and good. [As a believer is] delivered by
the work of Christ from the penalty of a broken
law, and given a new heart by the Holy Spirit, by
which he loves the way of obedience that once he
shunned, the Law and the gospel are seen working
in glorious harmony for the blessing of the
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