Pristine Grace

The Law of the LORD
Part 2
by Scott Price
The Law of the LORD

    The law of the LORD is holy. The LORD God's name is also holy, so much so that He has related His name to the law; "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Exodus 20:7). The law is a reflection of His holy character in showing He requires and demands justice if His law is broken. The scripture also says there is salvation in His name. This is one of many connections we see between the law and salvation.

    The law is used in the preaching of the gospel in at least two ways;

    1) The law shows us our sin (Romans 3:20 & 5:20, Galatians 3:19 & 24). The law also written on the heart, which is our conscience will expose our law breaking. The sin of self righteousness MUST be exposed by the law AND the gospel because the law alone will not expose it but rather stir people up to more legalistic, self righteousness.

    2) Christ was made under the law, fulfilling the law, and magnifying the law by His obedience unto the death of the cross when He established an everlasting righteousness for His people. He obeyed the law and also paid for the law breaking of His people. The act of honoring the law along with substitution and imputation enables God to be both a just God and a Saviour. He must be just when He justifies the ungodly.

    The gospel is NOT that just there is now no law for the elect, but rather through Christ the law has been satisfied, honored, and magnified for the elect. There is a big difference. This is how Christ is the end of the law for righteousness (Romans 10:4a). Mercy cannot be given without justice first being satisfied. Grace cannot reign without righteousness, not even sovereign grace (Romans 5:21). God the Father provided in Christ all that His holy law required and demanded from His people, forever. That is good news!

    How much does God think of His law? "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him..." (Isaiah 53:10). God thinks so highly of His law that when sin was imputed to Christ, the Father was pleased to bruise His only dear Son. God will not show mercy to anybody apart from law and justice being satisfied. God must have a satisfaction (propitiation) that works to establish righteousness and we can only find that in the Lord Jesus Christ. To honor the law and the name of God we honor Christ Who is God and Who honored the law of God completely.