Friday, December 12, 2008

NCT Friday: NCT and the Mosaic Law

"In keeping with one of the emphases of the John Bunyan Conference, we are going to look at this subject as it relates to the law. Really, this is the specific area of concern handed to anyone studying the larger picture of the Divine schema -- it just works out that way in that it is such a pivotal matter from the point of view both of Scripture and of the competing systems of theology today. Your view of the law winds up shaping your entire hermeneutical grid.

"So, what is the status of Mosaic law since the coming of Jesus Christ? In what way(s) did He affect it, if at all? Still more specifically, how did the revelation which Jesus brought relate to that of Moses? Does Moses' law remain the final court of appeal in questions of ethics? What bearing does it have on ethical and behavioral issues which face the new covenant believer?

"Within this discussion Matthew 5:17-20 looms large. Indeed, out of this pivotal statement of Jesus the whole New Testament theology of law grows. In this passage Jesus specifically disclaims any conflict between Himself and Moses and enthusiastically affirms His harmonious relationship with the older revelation. But the exact nature of this relationship is what we must determine."

Many Christians do not know how to treat the law, especially the Law of Moses, or as some would put it, the Moral Law.

Fred Zaspel starts clearing up the issues in his article New Covenant Theology
and the Mosaic Law: A Theological and Exegetical Analysis of Matthew 5:17-20

First NCT Friday.
Next, NCT Friday: What Is New Covenant Theology?

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