(The following is a free excerpt from the book “ALL Old Testament Laws Cancelled” by Greg Gibson)

The Bible Never Criticizes the Law of Christ, But Praises It

Some Covenant Theologians think that the law of Christ = the law of Moses. However, does the law of Christ include, “…nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material?” (Lev. 19:19). And, does the Law of Moses include, “Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…?” (Mt. 28:19). No, the law of Moses and the law of Christ obviously refer to 2 different time periods in redemptive history.

The Bible criticizes the law of Moses, but never the law of Christ. In fact, the Bible praises the law of Christ…

Christ Is a New Lawgiver, Not Just a Law Keeper:
See the “12 New Commands From Christ’s New Law” below.

Messiah’s Law Is for the Gentiles:
“…He will bring forth justice to the nations…the coastlands shall wait for His law” (Is. 42:1, 4).

Christians Are Not Lawless, But In-Lawed to Christ:
“…not being without law of God, but in-lawed (Gk.) to Christ…” (1 Cor. 9:21).

We Must Fulfill the Law of Christ:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).

What exactly is the law of Christ? Scripture doesn’t tell us. But, it may be all laws given by Christ and His apostles in the New Testament. Doug Moo thinks that in addition to those laws it includes the Holy Spirit’s enablement and the motivation of love…

    “It is more difficult to determine whether the law of Christ includes specific teachings and principles. Many deny that this is the case, but their reasons for doing so often betray a bias against finding any specific demands as binding on Christians. The work of Schrage and others has shown that Paul and the other apostles were quite willing to impose specific commandments on their charges; and these commandments were, in fact, often drawn from, or reflective of, Jesus’ own teachings. For these reasons, I think it is highly probable that Paul thought of the law of Christ as including within it the teachings of Jesus and the apostolic witness, based on his life and teaching, about what it means to reverence God in daily life. This is not, however, to deny the importance of love or the direction of the Spirit. The ‘law of Christ,’ Paul’s shorthand expression for that form of God’s law applicable to new covenant believers, includes all these. Longenecker’s succinct summary says it well: The law of Christ stands in Paul’s thought for those ‘prescriptive principles stemming from the heart of the gospel (usually embodied in the example and teachings of Jesus), which are meant to be applied to specific situations by the direction and enablement of the Holy Spirit, being always motivated and conditioned by love.'”

Moo may be right. But, it’s not important whether the phrase “law of Christ” includes Christ’s laws alone, or also the Holy Sprit and love, since we agree they’re included in the New Testament, and crucial for obedience. Remember, this book focuses on which laws to obey (N.T.), more than how to obey (the Holy Spirit’s grace) and why to obey (love). Even as the law of Moses functioned as both regulation and revelation, so may the law of Christ.

(Excerpted from the book: “ALL Old Testament Laws Cancelled”
24 Reasons Why All Old Testament Laws Are Cancelled, And All New Testament Laws Are for Our Obedience, by Greg Gibson, pp. 121-122.)

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