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Be Wise In How You Teach From the Law

A few weeks ago I preached Matthew 5:17-20.  The title of the sermon was The Greater Moses.  This passage has been one of the most challenging in my life and yet it has been extremely rewarding thinking through the implications of Jesus’ words.  The main idea of the sermon was that since Jesus fulfills the OT Law, it can only be rightly understood and applied in relation to him. 

I brought out several applications, but one in particular was that we must be wise in how we understand and teach the Law.  Being wise means understanding and teaching the Law from a Christ-centered perspective.  We now understand and apply the Law through the lens of the cross.  If we “lift” the Law from its context and apply without understanding it through Christ we run the risk of ruining our lives and the lives of those we teach.  How many believers have been put under legalistic bondage because someone taught from the Law without carrying it to its salvation-historical conclusion in Christ (e.g., don’t get a tattoo because Leviticus 19:28 prohibits it)?  If we fail to understand Christ as the end of the Law we might end up with a works based salvation, rather than a grace based salvation; a gospel based on morals, rather than on Christ.  As Jesus’ disciples we want to imitate the way he understood and applied Law.  If we want to be true teachers and keepers of the Law, then we need to instruct others how to see that Christ is the end of the Law.

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  1. May 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I taught on this passage last week and we seem to be on the same page.

  2. May 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    How many believers have been put under legalistic bondage because someone taught from the Law without carrying it to its salvation-historical conclusion in Christ

    Me in my early Christian life! But once we understand that the word “Law” sometimes means revelation (OT) instead of regulation (OC), then we start looking for the message instead of the command.

    Chad, believe it or not, my wife and I listened to your sermon yesterday. Today I plan to listen to your sermon on 5:1-16.

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