The Law of God and His Kingdom

Christians constantly wrestle with the question of the Law of God. Is the Law relevant to the Christian? What laws must I keep? Where does legalism come into play?

In this sermon, Pastor Voddie Baucham expounds on Matthew 5:17-20, showing that Jesus is the key to understanding the Law of God in light of the reality of the Kingdom. He articulates how the Law of God is perfect, timeless, relevant, and yet insufficient to save. Grasping these truths transforms the way we view the Law, and gives us guidance for daily life.

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The Law of God in Light of the Kingdom

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  1. I believe that the Law was added to a perfect covenant made with Abraham. The Abrahamic covenant was based on faith. The Law is not based on faith on the contrary the one that does them will live by them..in other words live by works. I like the way Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant —not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
    The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
    7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness.10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

    Friend we no longer serve by the Letter but by the Spirit for the letter kills. The Law doesn’t bring righteousness
    so it is useless for justification and sanctification. It is not for the righteous but for the wicked…

    I think that you are not giving the entire clear word concerning the Law and the believer.

    12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

    • This question is very controversial today! The thesis of Dr. Baucham is the same as in the greatest Christian document regarding the place of the Law, Westminster Catechism, as well as the London Baptist Confession, that is:

      V. The moral law doth forever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator who gave it. Neither doth Christ in the gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen, this obligation.

      VI. Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned; yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts, and lives; so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin; together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of his obedience. It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin, and the threatenings of it serve to show what even their sins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law. The promises of it, in like manner, show them God’s approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof; although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works: so as a man’s doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law, and not under grace.

      VII. Neither are the forementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the gospel, but do sweetly comply with it: the Spirit of Christ subduing and enabling the will of man to do that freely and cheerfully, which the will of God, revealed in the law, requireth to be done.

      Please see Romans 7:12, 7:7, James 1:23-25, Matthew 5:17, Romans 8:3-4, Luke 17:10, Especially – Ezekiel 36:25!

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