Law of God in the New Testament
Jesus and the Law
What did Jesus say of His
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.
Note The law
includes the five books of Moses; and the
prophets, the writing of the prophets.
Christ did not come to set aside, but to fulfill,
both. The ceremonial types and shadows contained
in the book of Moses He fulfilled as their great
Antitype. The moral law, the basic fabric
underlying all Moses writings, Christ
fulfilled by perfect obedience. The prophets He
fulfilled in His advent as the foretold Messiah,
Prophet, Teacher, and Savior.
What did he teach
concerning the stability of the law?
I tell you the
truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the
smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen,
will by any means disappear from the Law until
everything is accomplished. Verse
Note We must
understand that the Ten Commandments are just as
binding upon Christian people today as they were
upon the Children of Israel. The Moral Law is a
part of the natural law of the universe
Just as a natural law broken in the material
world brings its inevitable consequences, so the
Moral Law broken brings its inevitable
consequences in the spiritual and mental worlds.
The Lord knew this. He knew it much better than
anyone else who ever lived. Therefore He built
His gospel upon a firm foundation of Moral Law,
knowing that such a foundation can never be
How did He stress the
importance of keeping the law?
Anyone who breaks
one of the least of these commandments and
teaches others to do the same will be called the
least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever
practices and teaches these commands will be
called great in the kingdom of heaven. Verse
What did Christ tell the
rich man to do in order to enter into life?
If you want to
enter life, obey the commandments.
When asked which
commandments, what did Jesus say?
Do not murder, do
not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give
false testimony, honor your father and mother,
and love your neighbor as yourself.
Note While not
quoting all Ten Commandments, Jesus quoted
sufficient to identify the moral law. The second
great commandment called attention to the
principle underlying the second table of the law
love to ones neighbor that
the rich young man was not keeping.
Sin and the Whole Law
What proves that the law
is an undivided whole?
For whoever keeps
the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point
is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who
said, Do not commit adultery, also
said, Do not murder. If you do not
commit adultery but commit murder, you have
become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who
are going to be judged by the law that gives
freedom. James 2:10-12.
How is sin defined?
Everyone who sins
breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
1 John 3:4.
Does faith render the law
Do we, then, nullify
the law the law by this faith? Not at all!
Rather, we uphold the law. Romans 3:31.
How Can Man Fulfill the Law?
nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping
Gods commands is what counts. 1
What kind of mind is not
subject to the law of God?
The sinful mind
is hostile to God. It does not submit to Gods
law, nor can it do so.
How is the law fulfilled?
Let no debt remain
outstanding, except the continuing debt to love
one another, for he who loves his fellowman
has fulfilled the law. The commandments,
Do not commit adultery, Do not
murder, Do not steal, Do
not covet, and whatever other commandment
there may be, are summed up in this one rule.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Love
does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love
is the fulfillment of the law. Romans
How may we know that we
love the children of God?
This is how we know
that we love the children of God: by loving
God and keeping his commands. 1 John
What is the love of God
declared to be?
This is love for
God: to obey his commands. And his commands
are not burdensome.
How is the church of the
last days described?
Then the dragon was
enraged at the woman and went off to make war
against the rest of her offspring those
who obey Gods commandments and hold to
the testimony of Jesus. This
calls for patient endurance on the part of the
saints who obey Gods commandments and
remain faithful to Jesus. Revelation