Grace and Law IX: Approaching the Second Table

Last week John Snyder and Steve Crampton began discussing how a New Testament Christian should approach God’s moral law (the 10 Commandments). For help, they are using Ernie Reisinger’s book The Law and the Gospel. In his book, Reisinger gives us seven principles. John and Steve added a few of their own to make it an even 10.

These principles are not laws in themselves. We are not adding to God’s moral law. However, we are working to understand how we are to appreciate, approach, and apply these laws now that we are under grace. We pray these principles will help you walk closer with our King.

Principle 1: Context is king!

Principle 2: Progressive revelation.

Principles 3: These commands demand outward and inward obedience.

Principle 4: These commands are summaries of God’s moral demands on humanity.

Principle 5: Where a sin is forbidden, and by implication a positive act of obedience is commanded, then those things which lead to that sin are also forbidden.

Principle 6: Whatever is forbidden or commanded of us, we are bound, according to our position and opportunity, to discourage and encourage others.

Principle 7: There is a priority that is revealed in the order.

Principle 8: These laws are for your good.

Principle 9: What is forbidden is never to be done; what is implied or required is to be done as your have opportunity.

Principle 10: The sum of all the law is LOVE (Romans 13:13).

The Ten Commandments by Thomas Watson:

The Grace of Law: A Study of Puritan Theology:

The Law and the Gospel by Ernie Reisinger:

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