Law and the Gospel-Centered Life

While at The Gospel Coalition earlier this year Dustin Neeley asked to sit down and chat a bit about my book, Note to Self, but he specifically wanted to get a word on my perspective of the law's place in a gospel-centered life. You can check out the short video below.

A brother on Dustin's blog asked if I could share some Scripture that reflect these ideas. Here is what I said in the comments.

The words translated "law" in Scripture can refer to a number of different things. Law can refer to the the Pentateuch (Luke 16:16; 24:44; John 1:45; Acts 13:15; Rom 3:21), the whole Old Testament (John 10:34; 12:34; 1 Cor 14:21), or the Mosaic law specifically (Matt 22:36; 23:23; John 8:17; Acts 15:5, 23:3).

In this conversation (and in my book) I’m dealing with law in a general sense—as the commands of God and their relationship to us as individuals. So, I’m interacting with the revealed will of God as expressed in both the Old and New Testaments, as taught by the Prophets, the Apostles and Jesus.

Here is some Scripture that points to what I was saying here:

the law shows us what is right (God’s will/way): Ps. 119:1, 23, 44, 47; Rom. 7:12

the law shows us what is wrong (our sin and corruption): Rom. 3:20; 7:7-12; James. 2:10

the law shows us what is needed (redemption): Rom. 7:13-18; Gal. 3:19

My perspective on the law is, of course, nothing original. It is a reflection of the Reformed tradition. I've also blogged about this over at the Resurgence.