PMT 2013-014b by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Below is a study on God’s Law’s is binding on Christians in the new covenant:
The Ten Commandments are a basic summary of the whole Law of God. A rigorously biblically-based Christian worldview holds to the continuing validity of God’s Law on the following principles.
1. God’s Law is binding. As God’s creatures living in God’s world and under God’s dominion, all men are obliged to obey God’s Law. It is God’s direct, propositional revelation which he has given to govern not only our personal actions but also our social and even political conduct. The Christian must see God’s Law as a guide for his own personal behavior. God’s Law is law, not suggestion. It is fundamentally obligatory, not merely recommended.
2. God’s Law is relevant. In that God is all-wise, all-knowing, and all-powerful all that he commands is practical for all times and applicable in all situations. God’s revelation is not relevant simply within its own original time due to limitations in God’s understanding.
3. God’s Law is historical. The Law is not a body of abstract, idealized principles dropped down to man from heaven. Rather it comes to us through God’s supernatural inspiration of real men in history, and is designed to meet our historical needs. Thus, to properly apply his Law we must carefully interpret it by taking into account the full significance, purpose, and situation of the original intent of the various laws individually considered.
4. God’s Law is adaptable. To properly apply it we must recognize the divinely ordained and revealed flow of redemptive history. That is, we must acknowledge the new precepts revealed in the New Testament and give them their full significance. Advocates of God’s Law recognize that the New Testament is the conclusive revelation of God for man. If the New Testament repeals or annuls a particular element of the Law either by precept or by example that element is no longer binding in this era. But — and this is important — only God speaking in Scripture has the authority to do so.
5. God’s Law is multifaceted. God’s Law may be summarized in brief maxims, such as when God himself provides the Ten Commandments (Exo 20:1–17; Deut 5:6–21; cp. Exo 34:28; Deut 4:13; 10:4) as a summary of his fuller Law (Deut 4:13–14). Keil and Delitzsch call them “the kernel and essence of the law.” Christ also does this on an even more narrow scale in Matthew 7:12 and 22:40 when he teaches that the Law is epitomized in love.
Yet the Law’s details remain significant and are essential in that they form the fundamental components of the Law, as parts to the whole. We may not render null and void the details of God’s Law by preferring its generalized summaries. A forest requires trees. For instance, the love that epitomizes the Law has a specific character and content: it involves a behavior controlled by the moral strictures of the Law.
6. God’s Law is comprehensive. God intends for his Law to be equitably observed by man on the personal, social, and civil levels of human existence. It is not designed purely for internal (spiritual) or personal use, but for application to all of life. God himself is a social being (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and has created man in his image as a social creature (Gen 1:26–27). At the very beginning when he creates Adam, God declares: “It is not good that the man should be himself alone” (Gen 2:18a).
7. God’s Law is behavioral. By this I mean that God gives his Law to govern our behavior or conduct, including our way of thinking and planning. It is not and never has been redemptive. No amount of personal adherence to God’s Law meritoriously secures our right standing with God, our personal salvation from sin, or our ultimate entry into heaven. God’s Law is redemptive only in Christ’s keeping it in our behalf so that he and he alone might secure our salvation. Salvation is and always has been by grace through faith alone. Modern Judaism and Islam, along with liberal Christianity, are moralistic religions which promise salvation to those whose good deeds outweigh their bad. Biblical Christianity is a redemptive religion which promises to those who truly believe in Christ that they will be saved by his redemptive work alone.
These observations, in short, guide our approach to an ethic built upon God’s Law. Our cultural moral condition is such that we need to get down to the basics before we can discuss specific moral questions.
“The Spiritual Function of God’s Law” (3 CDs)
by Kenneth Gentry
Three sermons on the spiritual implications of God’s Law. Underscores the continuing significance of God’s Law in the world today. The sermon titles are:
1. The Standard of Right
2. The Conviction of Sin
3. The Measure of Love and Faith
God’s Law Made Easy (book)
by Kenneth Gentry
This book is designed for lay use and is especially suitable for personal and small group Bible study.
We live in an age of accelerating moral decline which bodes ill for the future of our culture, society, and nation. The homosexual and transgender assault on biblical morality is making great strides to pulling down our nation. A stable, peaceful, and productive society requires a secure and righteous moral foundation. Man cannot exist without a moral code to restrain his sinful passions and to guide him to righteous conduct.
Contained within the absolute truth of God’s Word we find God’s solution to man’s moral confusion: God’s absolute standard for righteousness contained in his holy Law. Unfortunately, contemporary theological discussions too quickly write-off any consideration of both the legitimacy of God’s Law in the new covenant era and the applicability of it in the modern world setting.
Because of the nature of the modern debate and our special need for socio-political as well as personal norms, this book will focus specifically on the question of the relevance of the Old Testament Law today. Christians need to return to a whole-Bible ethic rather than a piece-meal it-seems-to-me morality. God’s Law Made Easy is a good place to start.