Law of God, Law of Moses, Law of Christ – A.W. Pink

It is funny how after I spent weeks reading the Scripture and researching the Law, finally writing out the short summary of my understanding of it in the Law of God, Law Of Moses & Law of Christ – Is There a Difference? now I find another explanation that is so similar I might have accused myself of having read his first.  But the Lord knew I need to do that study upon my own and I couldn’t just take another’s word for it or start with another’s research.  But yesterday I found this from A.W. Pink in his The Law and The Saint.  For those that don’t see the differences in my post maybe this will help explain the differences.

The “Law of God” expresses the mind of the Creator, and is binding upon all rational creatures. It is God’s unchanging moral standard for regulating the conduct of all men. In some places “the Law of God” may refer to the whole revealed will of God, but in the majority it has reference to the Ten Commandments; and it is in this restricted sense we use the term. This Law was impressed on man’s moral nature from the beginning, and though now fallen, he still shows the work of it written in his heart. This law has never been repealed, and in the very nature of things, cannot be. For God to abrogate the moral Law would be to plunge the whole universe into anarchy. Obedience to the Law of God is man’s first duty. That is why the first complaint that Jehovah made against Israel after they left Egypt was, “How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws” (Ex. 16:28). That is why the first statutes God gave to Israel were the Ten Commandments, i.e. the moral Law. That is why in the first discourse of Christ recorded in the New Testament He declared, “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matt 5:17), and then proceeded to expound and enforce the moral Law. And that is why in the first of the Epistles, the Holy Spirit has taught us at length the relation of the Law to sinners and saints, in connection with salvation and the subsequent walk of the saved: the word “law” occurs in Romans no less than seventy-five times, though, of course, not every reference is to the Law of God. And that is why sinners (Rom. 3:19) and saints (James. 2:12) shall be judged by this Law.

The “Law of Moses” is the entire system of legislation, judicial and ceremonial, which Jehovah gave to Israel during the time they were in the wilderness. The Law of Moses, as such, is binding upon none but Israelites. This Law has not been repealed. That the Law of Moses is not binding on Gentiles is clear from Acts 15.

The “Law of Christ” is God’s moral Law, but in the hands of the Mediator. It is the Law which Christ Himself was “made under” (Gal. 4:4). It is the Law which was “in His heart” (Psalms 40:8). It is the Law which He came to “fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). The “Law of God” is now termed “the Law of Christ” as it relates to Christians. As creatures we are under bonds to “serve the Law of God” (Rom. 7:25). As redeemed sinners we are “the bondslaves of Christ” (Eph. 6:6), and as such we are under bonds to “serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:24). The relation between these two appellations, “the law of God” and “the Law of Christ” is clearly intimated in 1 Cor. 9:21, where the apostle states, that he was not without Law to God,” for he was “under the Law of Christ“. The meaning of this is very simple. As a human creature, the apostle was still under obligation to obey the moral Law of God his Creator; but as a saved man he now belonged to Christ, the Mediator, by redemption. Christ had purchased him: he was His, therefore, he was “under the Law of Christ“. The “Law of Christ“, then, is just the moral Law of God now in the hands of the Mediator and Redeemer – cf Ex. 34:1 and what follows!


A.W. Pink


4 thoughts on “Law of God, Law of Moses, Law of Christ – A.W. Pink

  1. so must we today obey to the latar the ten commandments including sabbath?


    Berean Wife Reply:


    Yes and No.

    See Jesus tells us to obey much of the 10 Commandments or at least the idea behind them and He makes them more exacting and strict than before. Many of the 10 Commandments fall under the Law of God. However, if you read the NT, Jesus treats the Sabbath a little differently than the others. Why?

    When you read Hebrews you are given a better understanding of what the Sabbath means to believers. However, how they have interpreted it has been very different and will take more than a comment box. :0

    Some teach that Hebrews explains that the OT Sabbath was looking forward to a future spiritual Sabbath. That Jesus is our Sabbath Rest. We who are believers have entered our Sabbath rest and no longer strive to earn our salvation. Another teaching is that every day is our Sabbath, to be set apart for the Lord. We are to give the Lord every day not just one in seven. ….

    But Paul is clear that we aren’t to judge another for what days if any they set aside. Each is accountable to their own Master.

    I’ll try to share more later.

    Berean Wife


  2. I am looking forward to more on this topic, BW.

    See, this is one of the big sticking points that we have run into in our ongoing -well, it isn’t ongoing anymore as separation has set in- but it was ongoing in our discussion about the relationship between the NT believer and the law:

    The fact that the apostles went to the temple on the Sabbath Day (the 7th day) and that there is no Scriptural evidence to support the wholesale switch theat the church made under the Roman empire to Sunday worship. That in fact, Sunday worship is literally Sun-day worship because the Roman empire was trying to reconcile the fast spread of Christianity with the traditions of the pagan worshippers who worshipped the sun and were getting very upset about the spread of Christianity. Hence the switch to Sunday worship and we should reject it based on its origins coupled with Scripture.

    We have come to the same conclusion as you. That a full examination of Scripture shows that an emphasis on the day of worship as a condition of righteousness before God is just another attempt to justify by works rather than faith.

    Anyway, looking forward to your further commentary.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    The Sabbath is an issue that is almost as hotly debated as the end times. It is an interesting study. The only ones I’ll say are wrong are those who say a believer must observe the Sabbath _____________ on ____________ day in order to be saved. The Sabbath as part of the 10 Commandments isn’t the same as some of the other Laws of Moses, so it isn’t to be treated as such. But whew. Lots of verses. Lots of examples. Lots of differing opinions. All based on Scripture. Romans 14:4-6 is a most important verse!

    I’m working on this but it might be a little bit. Busy week ahead.

    Berean Wife


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