Only just now caught up with your comments on Heb 7:12, re a change in the law, which I fully concur with but seemingly not many do!
For some time I have been wrestling with the classical reformed view of the ‘third use of the law’ namely using the Decalogue as the guide for life.
My concern has been the great propensity we have for sliding into legalism and self-justification, just as the Jews did. I keep coming back to the two laws Paul mentions, ‘the Law of sin and death’ and ‘the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus’, and that living in the latter, is the natural state of the regenerate. Sanctification should be of the new creation life just as much as regeneration is its beginning.
Have you become aware of and what are your thoughts on Brian Rosner’s take on how Paul not only viewed the Law, but applied it in Christian living, namely by repudiation, replacement and reappropriation.
Your comments would be appreciated
Good morning Allan,
Thanks for the email, it is so interesting. I have been feeling the need to write a series on what God's Law is now that we have a new and better covenant, because I really feel this is something not taught or known.
First I am not familiar with Brian Rosner's teachings, I'll have to look him up—sounds interesting. But for the classical reformed view of the third use of the law, or using it as a guide for life or Christian living, I think it is an incorrect application of the law. And I too encounter and hear this all the time, which is why we have this hybrid of grace and law that permeates the Church.
As you mentioned, there is a law of sin and death and a law of the Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2)—clearly two separate things. Paul says that the one sets us free from the other. So what are these laws?