The Relationship Of Jesus And Christians

1630 Words Dec 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Genesis 3:5 tells the reader, “From the beginning of history, humans have been striving to become like God in knowledge and power” (McQuilkin & Copan, 2014, p. 63). Yet this desire was not for good, and was the impetus to the Fall, ultimately separating humanity from God and plunging them into a lifetime of darkness. God provided a set of rules and laws for His chosen people in the Old Testament, guiding them to live a Godly life in the midst of their sinfulness. The birth of Jesus, his death and resurrection provided hope for God’s people, and as one discovers when reading Scripture, his arrival provided hope for all believers who continually fell short of God’s law. This essay will consider the relationship that Jesus and Christians have in regards to the law, the relationship between indicative and imperative in Christian ethics, what legalism is and is not, and finally, the theological relationship between God’s grace and God’s law.
Jesus, Christians, and the Law
Romans 10:4 (NIV) summarizes Jesus’ relationship to the law: “Jesus is both the goal of the Mosaic Law and the end or termination of it: (McQuilkin and Copan, 2014, p. 77). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explicitly states that he did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). There are four ways that t his is accomplished. First, culminating with Jesus’ coming, the magnitude of the Old Testament was realized (McQuilkin & Copan, 2014). Hosea 11:1 initially speaks of Israel as the son…
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