Heidelcast 77: God’s Holy Law (1)

With this episode we begin a new series: God’s Holy Law. In this episode we consider what the law is, how the moral law is distinguished from the civil and ceremonial aspects of the law, the universality of the law, its expression in creation, its expression in Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, and Matthew 22. I had intended to begin this series when it was interrupted by what turned into a 13-part series on nomism, antinomianism, and The Marrow of Modern Divinity. It’s useful to meditate on God’s law because the law is reflection of God’s nature and as we come to know it and, as believers, to delight in it, we come to know and delight in God more fully. From the law we gain greater appreciation of God’s holiness, his purity, his goodness, and his righteousness. We also gain insight into who we are and how we were created and constituted under the covenant of works. From the law alone we learn the greatness of our sin and misery and the sweetness of the gospel and finally, from the law we learn the moral pattern for the Christian life.

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One comment

  1. Dr. Clark,

    I have some friends who are caught up in those “119 ministries” or “Hebrew-Roots-Movement” whatever. Maybe you’ve heard of these “ministries” or seen their mounting web-presence through the various social-media memes and amateurish videos that they produce…

    Anyway, it seems to me that a lot of their misunderstanding is predicated on a lack of proper understanding of the distinctions within the law; that is, the three-fold distinction of the law. I’ve recently been trying to work through the nature of the distinctions myself, so this podcast comes in very timely.

    The part about the Moral Law being grounded in nature and thus “unable to be otherwise” as opposed to the Ceremonial and Civil components is excellent. I hadn’t heard this point explained with clarity before.

    Thank you!


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