oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - The moral law from a Christ-centered perspective : a canonical and integrative approach

Volume 3, Issue 03
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



This essay uses a canonical and integrative approach to examine the nature of the moral law from a Christ-centered perspective. The writer affirms that the Messiah, as the divine, incarnate Torah (John 1 : 1, 14, 16-18), fulfilled the law by carrying out its ethical injunctions, showing forth its true spiritual meaning, and bringing all that it stood for prophetically to completion (Matt 5 : 17). The Redeemer is the culmination (that is, the destination, goal, outcome, and fulfillment) of the law for believers (Rom 10 : 4) and the realization of the law's types, prophecies, and expectations (Heb 1 : 1-4; 8 : 8-8, 13). While His death and resurrection put an end to the administrative and ritual aspects of the law, its universal moral absolutes remain authoritative and applicable for His followers (Jas 1 : 19-20, 22-27; 2 : 8-27). The foremost way they heed the moral law is by showing unconditional, Christlike love to others (Rom 13 : 8-10; Jas 2 : 8).

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