God's Inspired Law Revealed
There are many who have an idea that we are no longer under God's Law because we are not under grace. It is true that we are under grace. We live by the gospel of Christ. But it is incorrect to say that because we are no longer under the Law of Moses that we are under no law at all. We are not left without God's law. He never intended for us to be lawless.
The passages in the New Testament that say we are no longer under law have reference, for the most part, to God's Old Law (John 1:17, etc.). There are also many passages which clearly show we are under the law of Christ today (1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2; James 1:25; 2:12 ). Divine law has not been done away with, but changed from one system of law to another (Hebrews 7:12).
The Lord had prophesied that His law would go forth, speaking of the gospel. Hundreds of years before Christ came and fulfilled these prophecies, the people of God were told that there was a new law coming. They were told this several times by their inspired prophets. The kingdom that would be established would have a law.
When Peter and the apostles preached the gospel on that ancient Pentecost, they were preaching the law of the Lord. Describing this very day and event, Isaiah had said, "And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways, And that we may walk in His paths." For the law will go forth from Zion, And the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3). Micah had put it this way: "And many nations will come and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Micah 5:2). Again, speaking of this same event where the law of the Lord was to go forth from Mount Zion
and Jerusalem, Joel had said, "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the Lord has said, Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls." (Joel 2:32). Peter quoted Joel and said that the events of Pentecost fulfilled the prophecies.
Yes, the law of the Lord has gone forth from Jerusalem into the world. Remember! Though it is the gospel of grace, it is a law!
By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 9.3; March 2002