Christian doctrine of the law, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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The Christian doctrine of the law:

(1) Law is in contrast with grace. Under the latter God bestows the righteousness which, under law, He demanded Exodus 19:5; John 1:17. (See Scofield "Romans 3:21") . ; Romans 10:3-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30.

(2) The law is, in itself, holy, just, good, and spiritual Romans 7:12-14.

(3) Before the law the whole world is guilty, and the law is therefore of necessity a ministry of condemnation, death, and the divine curse Romans 3:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-9; Galatians 3:10.

(4) Christ bore the curse of the law, and redeemed the believer both from the curse and from the dominion of the law Galatians 3:13; 4:5-7.

(5) Law neither justifies a sinner nor sanctifies a believer Galatians 2:16; 3:2,3,11,12.

(6) The believer is both dead to the law and redeemed from it, so that he is “not under the law, but under grace” Romans 6:14; 7:4; Galatians 2:19; 4:4-7; 1 Timothy 1:8,9.

(7) Under the new covenant of grace the principle of obedience to the divine will is inwrought Hebrews 10:6. So far is the life of the believer from the anarchy of self-will that he is “inlawed to Christ” 1 Corinthians 9:21 and the new “law of Christ”; Galatians 6:2; 2 John 1:5 is his delight; while, through the indwelling Spirit, the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in him ; Romans 8:2-4; Galatians 5:16-18. The commandments are used in the distinctively Christian Scriptures as an instruction in righteousness ; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 13:8-10; Ephesians 6:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:8,9.

Exodus 19:5

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses, but came by Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:21

But now the righteousness of God is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Romans 10:3-10

3 For they being of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not themselves unto the righteousness of God.

4 For Christ is the for righteousness to every one that believeth.

5 For describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

6 But the righteousness which is of speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7 Or, Who shall into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the , which we preach;

9 That if thou shalt with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto ; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

1 Corinthians 1:30

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us , and righteousness, and , and redemption:

Romans 3:19

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be , and all the world may become before God.

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

7 But if the ministration of , written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of be glory, much more doth the ministration of exceed in glory.

Galatians 3:2-3, 10-13

2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the , or by the hearing of faith?

3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made by the flesh?

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, .

12 And the is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians 4:4-7

4 Christ is become of no unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the ; ye are fallen from grace.

5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by .

6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by .

7 Ye did run well; who did you that ye should not obey the truth?

Galatians 2:16, 19

16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be .

19 For I through the law am , that I might live unto God.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 7:4

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Galatians 2:19

For I through the law am , that I might live unto God.

1 Timothy 1:8-9

8 But we know that the law is , if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and , for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Hebrews 10:6

In burnt offerings and for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

1 Corinthians 9:21

To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are .

Galatians 6:2

Bear ye one another’s , and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Galatians 5:16-18

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the of the flesh.

17 For the lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not the law.

2 Timothy 3:16

scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 13:8-10

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath the law.

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore is the fulfilling of the law.

Ephesians 6:1-3

1 Children, your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with ;)

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest long on the earth.

1 Corinthians 9:8-9

8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the the same also?

9 For it is written in the , Thou shalt not the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?


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