Christian Doctrine, L, LAW OF CHRIST- LOVE
Written by: Unknown Posted on: 05/05/2003
Category: Bible Studies
THE LAW OF CHRIST...
The new commandment, given by Jesus, is the law of divine love,
"Love one another. As I have loved you" (John 13:34).
JOH 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have
loved you, so you must love one another.
It is that "perfect law that gives freedom" of James 1:25; 2:12, the
bearing of another's burdens of Galatians 6:2, the loving with a
pure heart of 1 Peter 1:22-23, outpouring without restraint in the
power of the Spirit, that law of the heart and mind (Heb 10:16), of
the new covenant of grace.
JAM 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that
gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has
heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.
JAM 2:12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the
law that gives freedom,
GAL 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will
fulfill the law of Christ.
1PE 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth
so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another
deeply, from the heart.
1PE 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but
of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
HEB 10:16 "This is the covenant I will make with them after that
time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will
write them on their minds."
THE LAW OF MOSES...
Due to the length of the "entire Law of Moses", only the Ten
Commandments verses will be listed in this section. It will be both
in the King James Version and the New International Version.
Israel received the Mosaic covenant in three sections...
1.> The Commandments,
Which was the fundamental Law of Israel,
embodying the divine will (Exodus 20:1-26);
2.> The Judgments,
Covering Israel's social life (Exodus 21:1--24:11);
3.> The Ordinances,
Covering Israel's religious life (Exodus 24:12--31:18).
EXO 20:1 And God spoke all EXO 20:1 And God spake all
these words: these words, saying, (KJV)
EXO 20:2 "I am the LORD your EXO 20:2 I am the LORD thy
God, who brought you out of God, which have brought thee
Egypt, out of the land of out of the land of Egypt, out
slavery. of the house of bondage. (KJV)
EXO 20:3 "You shall have no EXO 20:3 Thou shalt have no
other gods before me. other gods before me. (KJV)
EXO 20:4 "You shall not make EXO 20:4 Thou shalt not make
for yourself an idol in the unto thee any graven image, or
form of anything in heaven any likeness of any thing that
above or on the earth beneath is in heaven above, or that is
or in the waters below. in the earth beneath, or that
is in the water under the
EXO 20:5 You shall not bow EXO 20:5 Thou shalt not bow
down to them or worship them; down thyself to them, nor
for I, the LORD your God, am a serve them: for I the LORD thy
jealous God, punishing the God am a jealous God, visiting
children for the sin of the the iniquity of the fathers
fathers to the third and upon the children unto the
fourth generation of those who third and fourth generation of
hate me, them that hate me; (KJV)
EXO 20:6 but showing love to EXO 20:6 And shewing mercy
a thousand generations of unto thousands of them that
those who love me and keep my love me, and keep my command-
commandments. ments. (KJV)
EXO 20:7 "You shall not EXO 20:7 Thou shalt not take
misuse the name of the LORD the name of the LORD thy God
your God, for the LORD will in vain; for the LORD will not
not hold anyone guiltless who hold him guiltless that taketh
misuses his name. his name in vain. (KJV)
EXO 20:8 "Remember the Sab- EXO 20:8 Remember the sabbath
bath day by keeping it holy. day, to keep it holy. (KJV)
EXO 20:9 Six days you shall EXO 20:9 Six days shalt thou
labor and do all your work, labour, and do all thy work:
EXO 20:10 but the seventh day EXO 20:10 But the seventh day
is a Sabbath to the LORD your is the sabbath of the LORD thy
God. On it you shall not do God: in it thou shalt not do
any work, neither you, nor any work, thou, nor thy son,
your son or daughter, nor your nor thy daughter, thy manserv-
manservant or maidservant, nor ant, nor thy maidservant, nor
your animals, nor the alien thy cattle, nor thy stranger
within your gates. that is within thy gates:(KJV)
EXO 20:11 For in six days the EXO 20:11 For in six days the
LORD made the heavens and the LORD made heaven and earth,
earth, the sea, and all that the sea, and all that in them
is in them, but he rested on is, and rested the seventh
the seventh day. Therefore the day: wherefore the LORD
LORD blessed the Sabbath day blessed the sabbath day, and
and made it holy. hallowed it. (KJV)
EXO 20:12 "Honor your father EXO 20:12 Honour thy father
and your mother, so that you and thy mother: that thy days
may live long in the land the may be long upon the land
LORD your God is giving you. which the LORD thy God giveth
EXO 20:13 "You shall not EXO 20:13 Thou shalt not
murder. kill. (KJV)
EXO 20:14 "You shall not EXO 20:14 Thou shalt not
commit adultery. commit adultery. (KJV)
EXO 20:15 "You shall not EXO 20:15 Thou shalt not
steal. steal. (KJV)
EXO 20:16 "You shall not give EXO 20:16 Thou shalt not bear
false testimony against your false witness against thy
neighbor. neighbour. (KJV)
EXO 20:17 "You shall not EXO 20:17 Thou shalt not
covet your neighbor's house. covet thy neighbour's house,
You shall not covet your thou shalt not covet thy
neighbor's wife, or his man- neighbour's wife, nor his
servant or maidservant, his ox manservant, nor his maidserv-
or donkey, or anything that ant, nor his ox, nor his ass,
belongs to your neighbor." nor any thing that is thy
EXO 19:8 The people all EXO 19:8 And all the people
responded together, "We will answered together, and said,
do everything the LORD has All that the LORD hath spoken
said." So Moses brought their we will do. And Moses returned
answer back to the LORD. the words of the people unto
the LORD. (KJV)
As related to man dispensationally, the Mosaic Law covered that
period of time from Sinai to the crucifixion (Galatians 3:23-24),
and its relation to the believer during this age was made manifest
by the legal teachings, especially regarding circumcision, as
recorded in Acts 15:1-32 and Galatians 2:1-5.
GAL 3:23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law,
locked up until faith should be revealed.
GAL 3:24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we
might be justified by faith.
ACT 15:1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching
the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom
taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."
ACT 15:2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and
debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with
some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and
elders about this question.
ACT 15:3 The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled
through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been
converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.
ACT 15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the
church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything
God had done through them.
ACT 15:5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of
the Pharisees stood up and said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised
and required to obey the law of Moses."
ACT 15:6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
ACT 15:7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them:
"Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you
that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel
ACT 15:8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by
giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
ACT 15:9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he
purified their hearts by faith.
ACT 15:10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the
necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have
been able to bear?
ACT 15:11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus
that we are saved, just as they are."
ACT 15:12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to
Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God
had done among the Gentiles through them.
ACT 15:13 When they finished, James spoke up: "Brothers, listen to
ACT 15:14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his
concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
ACT 15:15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as
it is written:
ACT 15:16 "'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen
tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it,
ACT 15:17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the
Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'
ACT 15:18 that have been known for ages.
ACT 15:19 "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it
difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.
ACT 15:20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain
from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat
of strangled animals and from blood.
ACT 15:21 For Moses has been preached in every city from the
earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath."
ACT 15:22 Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church,
decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch
with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and
Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers.
ACT 15:23 With them they sent the following letter: The apostles
and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch,
Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.
ACT 15:24 We have heard that some went out from us without our
authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they
ACT 15:25 So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you
with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul--
ACT 15:26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord
ACT 15:27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by
word of mouth what we are writing.
ACT 15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden
you with anything beyond the following requirements:
ACT 15:29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from
blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual
immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
ACT 15:30 The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where
they gathered the church together and delivered the letter.
ACT 15:31 The people read it and were glad for its encouraging
ACT 15:32 Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much
to encourage and strengthen the brothers.
GAL 2:1 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this
time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also.
GAL 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the
gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to
those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had
run my race in vain.
GAL 2:3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be
circumcised, even though he was a Greek.
GAL 2:4 This matter arose because some false brothers had
infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus
and to make us slaves.
GAL 2:5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth
of the gospel might remain with you.
Christian relationship is...
God required righteousness under the Law (Exo 19:5), but
under grace He counts all righteous who merely believe (Romans
EXO 19:5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of
all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole
earth is mine,
ROM 3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been
made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
ROM 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus
Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
ROM 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
ROM 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are
justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
The Law is holy, just, good, and also spiritual (Romans 7:12-14),
but man was unable to keep it, and it became a curse to him
GAL 3:10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for
it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do
everything written in the Book of the Law."
So Christ redeemed believers from that curse (Galatians 3:13), also
redeeming them from under the Law (Galatians 4:5), that they "might
receive the full rights of sons".
GAL 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a
curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on
GAL 4:5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full
rights of sons.
And now believers, not only redeemed from the Law, are also dead to
it (Galatians 2:19), being "not under the law, but under grace"
GAL 2:19 For through the law I died to the law so that I might live
ROM 6:14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not
under law, but under grace.
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