What Is The Law Of God?
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God – Matthew 4:4.
Many think and have been taught the Law of God is no longer in existence, but the Law of God is His Word and His Word is established in heaven and it will always exist.
The law of God is the extension of God’s nature and expression of God’s will in His creation. God’s law is expressed in different forms relating to different areas of His creation. The physical law of God includes the laws of nature which govern the continuous physical existence of this world (While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease – Genesis 8:22). As long as this earth remains God’s providence will preserve the regular succession of times and seasons and cause each to know its place. These seasons have never ceased nor shall cease until the coming of our Lord and Savior.
The moral law also called the “Perfect Law of Liberty” governs the immaterial issues of life But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed – James 1:25). It is a law of liberty because it frees from the principles of sin and death. When one adheres to the written Word of God he or she will be blessed here on earth as well as becoming citizens of heaven. In order to be citizens of heaven, we have to continue to live according to God’s Word in our behavior, and character.
The social law of God affects interpersonal relationships and can be summarized by the “royal law”, (If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well – James 2:8). One can’t love God and hate his neighbor because of their skin tone or because they may be non-believers or one practicing sin.
The spiritual law deals with man’s relationship with God (Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment – Matthew 22:37-38). When one has given themselves completely to the Lord, they have willingly submitted themselves to the written Word of God. There aren’t certain Scriptures they will submit to and others they will omit.
The purpose of the law is to reveal the Sovereignty of God, to place a restraint on the sinner, to show the greatness and reality of sin, and to lead the sinner to Jesus Christ. The purpose of the law did not change with the gospel. God left His written Word to be the instructions to live by for the professing Christian. As Christians we must adhere to its instructions if we want to be citizens of heaven.