Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Law Fulfilled in Christ: Commandments 1-5

About a month ago, I gave a talk on a Sunday morning in Tacoma. I was asked to type up my notes and share them, and I promised that I would post them here on my blog.

My subject is the relationship between the Ten Commandments and the Christian: The Christian is not under the Law, and therefore does not set out to follow the ten commandments as the "constraint" on his behavior: however, in Christ there are new and higher motives for living with a righteousness that fulfills the Law and in fact goes beyond it.

My hope is that it will be an encouragement to Christians to live in the freedom for which Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1).

On a similar vein, I would also recommend a talk my dad gave at Altoona conference this year, which you can get in mp3 format here (track 03: if you're in a hurry, you can listen to the last 10 minutes starting at time index 36:00).

Here are my notes (PDF).

I would appreciate your feedback.


  1. Indeed we are not under the law, but we are to be lead by the Spirit.

  2. OOOOOO! Thanks for the link to your dad's message. It's good to hear his voice again (have I ever mentioned that I really miss your family?). I think I'll have to take the time to listen to the whole thing, since it is related to both what we are talking about on Wednesday nights at church and to some stuff I've been thinking about. All things are lawful but not all things are profitable. I think the church today (maybe it's just the Baptists I hang out with) has set its own law up and I do not think that it always lines up with Biblical holiness - what would we think of Jesus Christ? I doubt that we would welcome Him wholeheartedly into our assemblies because of His tendency to hang out with sinners and to shun the conventions of the religion of His day. Anyway, I digress. I'll read your notes, too.

  3. Yeah, I miss them too, Angie.

    There are more meetings from that conference here.


    Thanks for your comment. I'm not sure if the scope of your "indeed" was meant to cover your whole sentence or just the first half.