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The “royal law” (2:8), that of the “kingdom” (2:5), is the precept of love of neighbour

The “royal law” (2:8), that of the “kingdom” (2:5), is the precept of love of neighbour

For a relationship with God, the author insists, is not through the observance of the Law, but through “faith”, “hope” and “love” (,23,24)

As regards the central contents of the Law (the Decalogue and that which is in accordance with its spirit), Ga 5:18-23 affirms first of all: “If you are led by the Spirit hookupdate.net/escort-index/cedar-rapids, you are not subject to the Law” (5:18). Having no need of the Law, a person will spontaneously abstain from “works of the flesh” (5:19-21) and will produce “the fruit of the Spirit” (5:22). Paul adds that the Law is not contrary to this (5:23), because believers will fulfil all that the Law demands, and will also avoid what the Law prohibits. According to Rm 8:1-4, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” has freed believers from the powerlessness of the Mosaic Law in such a way that “the just precepts of the Law may be fulfilled”. One of the reasons for redemption was precisely to obtain this fulfilment of the Law!

In the Letter to the Hebrews, the Law appears as an institution that was useful in its time and place. 160 But true mediation between the sinful people and God is not in its power (7:19; 10:1). Only the mediation of Christ is efficacious (9:11-14). Christ is a High Priest of a new kind (7:11,15). Because of the connection between Law and priesthood, ”the change of priesthood involves a change of law” (7:12). In saying this, the author echoes Paul’s teaching according to which Christians are no longer under the Law’s regime, but under that of faith in Christ and of grace. Continue reading The “royal law” (2:8), that of the “kingdom” (2:5), is the precept of love of neighbour