The Gospel & The Law

Below are the notes from the sermon from Sunday, October 21st. Listen to that sermon here. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section below and Pastor Niall will reply as soon as possible!

Gospel DNA 4: the faithfulness of Jesus Christ 

What do we do with the Old Testament Law (Torah)?  For example…

 Leviticus 19:28 "'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.


For Clarification:

“Justified” can be read “declared righteous.”  “Faith in” can be read ”faithfulness of.”  For example…

 Galatians 2:15 "We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile sinners' 16 know that a man is not declared righteous by observing the law, but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be declared righteous by the faithfulness of Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be declared righteous. 17 "If, while we seek to be declared righteous in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. 19 For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"

1. Obeying the Law does not get people “declared righteous.” 15-16

  • James 2:10

2. The faithfulness of Christ gets people “declared righteous.” 15-16

  • Objective Genitive: Faith in Christ    Subjective Genitive: Faith of Christ/Christ’s Faithfulness
  • Colossians 3:3

3. Christians are dead to the Law because of the death of Christ.  17-19

  • Colossians 2:13


 Conclusion: Jesus Christ has replaced the Law as the center of our identity. 20-21

  • Romans 7:4

Some helpful ways to view the Old Testament Law:

 1. The Law has been changed (in a good way) by the coming of Christ.

  • Matthew 5:17
  • Fulfill=to fill full (Jesus has come to explain God's original intent as to how He expects us to obey the commands of the OT)
  • Matthew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement."


 2. We read the Law to see if we know and love Christ as we ought.

  • Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


 3. We do not pass judgment on disputable matters.

  • Romans 14:1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters