• False Teachers Accursed

    Galatians 1:8–9

    Martin Luther’s comments on Galatians 1:8–9 illustrate Scripture’s relationship to tradition: “Here then is a plain text like a thunderbolt, wherein Paul subjects both himself and an angel from heaven, and all others, doctors, teachers, and ...Read More

  • Weightier Matters of the Law

    Matthew 23:23–24

    John Calvin writes, “The Law is kept only when men are just, and kind, and true, towards each other; for thus they testify that they love and fear God, and give proper and sufficient evidence of sincere piety.” Commitment to ...Read More

  • Greater than the Temple

    Matthew 12:1–8

    John Chrysostom wrote: “Did Christ then attempt to repeal a law so beneficial as the sabbath law? Far from it. Rather, he greatly magnified the sabbath. For with Christ came the time for everyone to be trained by a higher ...Read More

  • The Fulfillment of the Law

    Matthew 5:17–20

    The distinction between the civil, ceremonial, and moral laws of the Mosaic code is not so clear on the pages of Scripture. Nevertheless, the distinction is a helpful tool for applying this law to our lives today. We study the ...Read More

  • Unable to Pay

    Luke 7:36–50

    Paul wrote that the Mosaic law served as a “captor” or “custodian” (NASB) until Christ came (Gal. 3:23), since one of its aims was to accentuate sin and drive people on toward faith in God for forgiveness. None of ...Read More

  • Before the Law

    Romans 4:9–12

    In Matthew 18:21–22, Jesus tells Peter that His disciples must freely forgive others. One of the ways we can be sure that we have received forgiveness from God and are truly justified is that we are quick to ...Read More

  • And It Was So

    Genesis 1:3-8

    Modern Westerners assume every person determines for himself the difference between right and wrong, thus undoing the notion that there is an eternal, unchangeable standard of goodness. Genesis 1 tells us otherwise. Moreover, this unchangeable standard is not some impersonal ...Read More

  • The Sacrifices of the Law

    Hebrews 10:1–2

    The Law is the shadow, but Christ is the reality. He is the fulfillment of all that came before Him. He made real atonement for our sin. He makes real intercession for our salvation. He has done that which we ...Read More

  • Becoming Obsolete

    Hebrews 8:13

    We live in a period of overlapping ages. The old covenant has passed away and the new covenant era is becoming more and more a reality. One day we will not need the written Law because it will be completely ...Read More

  • The Curse of the Cross

    Galatians 3:10–14

    We deserve the curse. We deserve to be cut off from the merciful presence of God. Our want of conformity and transgression of the Law brings the curse on our heads. But that curse has been borne for us. Christ ...Read More

  • A Better Hope

    Hebrews 7:18–19

    The “better hope” of the new covenant demonstrates that there was hope under the old covenant. However, the old covenant hope is only shadowy, while the new covenant hope is substantial. Thank God that He has always given hope to ...Read More

  • A Change in the Law

    Hebrews 7:11–12

    God’s righteous requirements are found in the Law. But this Law was given all the while knowing that man could never fulfill it on his own. The Law points us to Christ who alone could perform all that the ...Read More

  • More Sin, More Grace

    Romans 5:20

    What sins do you most regret? Did you ever doubt that it would be possible for God to forgive you for those sins? How did you come to understand that His grace was sufficient even to cover your most heinous ...Read More

  • The Law on the Heart

    Romans 2:12-16

    The fact that God’s standards were written on your heart means you knew God’s law even before you knew Him. The same is true for all people. Never hesitate to proclaim the high moral standards of God. Some ...Read More

  • The Covenant of Law

    Exodus 19:14–25

    To obey the law means to come to know something of the holiness of God. The Israelites saw the glory of God on the mountain and trembled because of it. As Christians, we, too, should respect God’s law, for ...Read More