By Bill Burkett
The Old Testament had two laws. We call it the law of Moses.
In the New Testament there are five laws. They are all contained in the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
1) The law of faith. Romans 3:27 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
This is the law that constrains us to act upon what God has said.
2) The law of liberty. James 1:25; 2:12. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed – So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
This is the law that constrains us to live within the boundaries of the Spirit life, that we be from sin.
3) The law of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
This is the law that constrains us to live in the righteousness of Christ.
4) Royal Law – James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
5) The law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
This is the law that defined what constrained Christ to live and die vicariously.
This word law in the New Testament is the Greek noun, nomos in every case mentioned below.
The simple definition of law used in scripture is understood to mean, a written standard of peaceful arrangement for the good of man and the administration of justice.
The purpose of law is to restrain the evil tenancies of the natural man in his fallen state. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; I Timothy 1:9-10.
The effect of God’s love (agape) to constrain the new creation Christian to live a godly life in glad compliance with the moral teaching of Jesus and the apostles. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: II Corinthians 5:14
LAW not only is a means of restraint to the ungodly but it reveals the moral nature of God, it acts to make the conscience aware of right and wrong and brings encouragement to the righteous.
LAW is simply God’s love in writing! (Romans 13:10) LOVE is the Spirit of God’s law! (Romans 13:9) SCRIPTURE: I John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Modern false teachers are leaving the wrong impression upon the church that law is an antiquated form of government that just simply did not work for God in the last dispensation. That is a stupid indictment.