Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ARE WE STILL UNDER THE LAW? by Timothy Keller
Nevertheless, as Biblical scholar Craig Blomberg points out, 'Ever command [from the Old Testament] reflects principles at some level that are binding on Christians (2 Timothy 3:16).' That is, even the parts of the Old Testament that are now fulfilled in Christ still have some abinding validity. For example, the principle of offering God sacrifices stills remains in force, though changed by Christ's work. We are now required to offer God our entire lives as sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2), as well as the sacrifices of worship to God and the sharing of our resources with others (Hebrews 13:5).
And consider the book of Leviticus with all its clean laws and ceremonial regulations. These laws are not directly binding on Christians, but when Paul makes his case that Christians should lead holy lives, sharply distinct from those of the nonbelieving culture around them, he quotes Leviticus 26:12. (See 2 Corinthians 6:16-17)
Keller, Timothy. Generous Justice. New York: Penguin Group. pp.19-21. 2010.