In most ethical debates, the question causing debate is often not what the law means or how it should be applied, but rather what is the law that should be applied.
Even among Christians, who all recognize Jesus Christ as the King of Kings, there is significant disagreement about which of the many words that he has spoken are applicable in any given situation and which are not. One doesn’t have to listen to this debate very long before hearing the assertion, “We are not under law, but under grace.” In fact, these words themselves are part of the law of God. (“…for you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14b)
What do they mean? To answer that question, let’s begin by defining the terms, particularly the terms under and law. In the Bible, Law is used in several different ways. It can refer to:
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