Law as the Soul of the Bible

Words are the expression of who you are. The Bible expresses who God is. As we now understand the Godhead to be a trinity of Persons, so too can we now see the Bible as a trinity of expressions. Just as God has a Spirit and Soul, so too does the Bible.

As you begin to read the Bible, Genesis reveals its Spirit. Once the Law is given in Exodus 20, you enter the Soul of Scripture.

The period of Law is the shortest in Scripture. It lasted only 1,500 years. Beginning with the issuing of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, it extended through the life of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was born under the Law (Luke 2:21-24). The New Testament could not be fully instituted until the death of Jesus (Hebrews 9:16-17). That means the content of the Gospels were delivered under the Law even though they were written after the Law.

Understanding the Gospel stories in their legal context helps to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Jesus Christ’s teachings were applications of the Law in preparation for a coming Kingdom.

The contents of the Law highlight the very essence of God’s Being. They manifest the heart of our Creator. They let us know what we can expect from Him. Although the Law itself is not the source of salvation today, it remains our schoolmaster instructing and leading us to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:21-29).

The morality of the Law is universal and reiterated in Romans 3:8-10. That means our Creator’s expectations for human interaction never changed. Faith, hope and charity, the summation of Christian ethics, are rooted in God’s Law.

The Law is at the center of all the Bible’s books and understanding of God’s written revelation.

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