THE TWO LAWS OF THE BIBLE
Legalism abuses God’s law. It says, “Do this or God won’t love you.” A legalist’s favorite verse is:
Psalm 7:11 (CEB) God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry at evil every single day.
The legalist uses “God’s law” to manipulate and control others for personal gain. The verse they don’t want you to know is:
Romans 3:23-25 (NLT) All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us.
God’s anger is removed because Jesus took away our sins.
The opposite of legalism is antinomianism. Antinomianism demonizes God’s law. Antinomianism means to be “against God’s law.” The antinomian says, “God’s law is abolished. God’s law was a curse. God’s law is bondage.” This heresy has wormed its way into the “grace message.” An antinomian’s favorite verse is:
Ephesians 2:14-15 (NKJV) He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances.
The verse they don’t want you to know is:
1 Corinthians 7:19 (NKJV) Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
The antinomian refuses to separate God’s moral law from the law of Moses. The antinomian uses “God’s grace” to manipulate and control others for personal gain. In the end, the same spirit is driving both the legalist and the antinomian.
1. The Law of God – God’s Moral Law – The 10 Commandments
Exodus 31:18 (TLB) As God finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of stone on which the Ten Commandments were written with the finger of God.
The two tablets were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant (Hebrews 9:4).
2. The Law of Moses – Jewish Law – The Types and Ceremonies of Jesus
Deuteronomy 31:24-26 (NIV) After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord: “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.”
Notice, this book was placed outside the Ark of the Covenant. God’s law was safely placed inside the Ark (just like Noah), but Moses’s law was not.
Ephesians 2:14-15 (NKJV) He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances [Book of the Law—law of Moses], so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.
Ephesians 2:11-15 (CW) Do you remember when you were called “uncircumcised” and “ignorant Gentiles” by those who were circumcised and claimed to know God . . . . Christ died for all of us, and by so doing, He brought peace between Jews and Gentiles, between races and nationalities. He broke down the wall of hostility that had divided us. As if it were a dead tree, He did away with the requirements of the ceremonial law [law of Moses] which we had used to separate us.
It is the Mosaic law that’s been done away with! Why? Because the law of Moses was simply types and shadows of Jesus. However, God’s moral law, which Genesis 26:5 shows predated Moses, still remains. In the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit writes God’s moral law to the tablets of our hearts (Hebrews 10:16). In the New Jerusalem, God’s moral law goes forth out of Zion (Isaiah 2:3).
Hebrews 9:1-4 (NLT) That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship [law of Moses] and a place of worship here on earth. There were two rooms in that Tabernacle. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place. Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place. In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
Outside the Ark were the shadows, inside the Ark was the substance.
- Manna – God’s provision (Ex 16:33) – Faith
- Aaron’s Rod – God’s authority (Nu 17:6-11) – Hope
- 10 Commandments – God’s standard (Ex 25:16) – Love
Jesus summed up the 10 Commandments into the Great Commandment.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
God’s law–the law of love–has always been God’s goal.