Recognize this :
- Without the work of the Spirit, Scripture is veiled to us; when wielded by the Spirit, Scripture mediates Christ to us (2 Corinthians 3)
- The law reached its end or climax or goal (telos) in Christ (Ro. 10:4) and has given way to a new covenant. 1.1.1 The new covenant, as the prophets promised, is written on the heart (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:24-37:28) and can be kept by those who walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:4). 1.1.2 In Christ the law has been transformed into “the law of Christ;” and “the law of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:2; Gal. 6:2). 1.1.3 Viewing the law in this way through Christ, believers follow him who drove beyond external obedience to the heart and summed up the law in the command to love. (See Matthew 5-7; Mark 12:29-31; Rom. 13:8-10 and Gal. 5:14, quoting Lev. 19:18) [See Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together. Christ is the Mediator. Therefore for the Christian there are no direct relationships. The law is mediated to us through him, i.e., he stands between us and the law.] 1.1.4 The new covenant is God’s free gift and new creation in the End Times. Thus the eschatological gift of the Spirit empowers believers to live life now in the Kingdom of God. (Rom 14:17) This means that human existence is no longer centered upon itself, but manifests the fruit of the age to come (Gal. 5:22; cf. vv. 6, 14-26). 1.1.5 Paul’s ethical teaching is driven by the command to love in the way that Christ loved (e.g. Rom. 15:1-7, 14; 13:8-10; 12:9-21; 1 Cor. 8-10; 13).
- If Christ and the Holy Spirit are in the center of our lives, and if our motivation is to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, then this changes our priorities and the way we use the words of the law. All of the specifics of the 10 Commandments are fulfilled in the law of love. Because we are loved and love, we seek to keep the commandments, not to win salvation, but because we are saved.
the proper use of the Law for Christian believers. (Sect. 31.2, 31.3 & 31.4.2)