The Different Laws – AW Pink

It is refreshing to find confirmation from others about what you’ve been learning.

First, there is “the Law of God” (Rom. 7:22,25, etc.). Second, there is “the Law of Moses” (John 7:23; Acts 13:39, 15:5, etc.). Third, there is “the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Now these three expressions are by no means synonymous, and it is not until we learn to distinguish between them, that we can hope to arrive at any clear understanding of our subject.

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AW Pink


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  1. Hi BW,

    I was reading Psalm 1 and I thought of the posts you’ve done recently on the different “laws”. Where do you think the “Law of the Lord” referred to in Psalm 1:2 and Psalm 19:7 fits in here? How much of scripture was actually written at the time these Psalms were writen. Is it referring to Old Testament Law? Is it referring to God’s Word(s) in general. Being Old Testament, how do we apply it today? I’ve seen how others refer to it (including one of your posts) and there seems to be a general association to “God’s Word” when referring to the “Law of the Lord”. Is this a correct association? Can we rightly say the “Law of the Lord” in these verses weren’t meant to include all of God’s word then and now?

    Just thinking out loud as I continue to discover why I believe what I believe! 🙂

    Hope all is well!

    Berean Wife Reply:

    HMKJR,

    You ask some good and challenging questions. Wish I knew all the answers or knew some human that did! 🙁 But even if someone did know all the answers, I probably would not believe them until the Lord granted me better understanding. 🙂 But then it isn’t possible for us to know all the answers.

    Romans 11:33 (ESV) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

    But I do know more than I did years ago, 6 months ago and a month ago. Why? Because I try to actually put into practice Psalm 1:2 “on his law he meditates day and night.” Even if a portion of Scripture does not directly apply to my life now, such as say the clothing the priest wore serving the Lord, all Scripture still points to Christ and glorifies Christ. Therein there is value in meditating on it and I’m amazed at what the Lord shows me.

    I imagine you’ve read these so I won’t cover that information:

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

    Law of Moses, Law of God, & Law of Christ

    Law of God, Law Of Moses & Law of Christ – Is There a Difference?

    Isaiah 46:8-11 (ESV)

    8 “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors,

    9 remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,

    10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

    11 calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.

    Since the author of all Scripture is the Lord and He knows the beginning from the end, has laid out the foundations of the world and has numbered all our days, it is almost like He was writing a book. The author typically has the characters, plot, the beginning and the ending all mapped out before writing the story. Then each chapter and sentence (verse) is written to serve its purpose. That means that every action, law and verse in the OT still points to the cross of Christ in order to glorify Christ. It isn’t like we were told to throw out the OT once we were given the NT, even though we have been told that all portions of the OT do not apply directly to us. So when the Psalms speaks of the Law of the Lord it very easily refers to even NT laws just as it applied to the OT laws at the time it was written. Much like David’s complaint of his friends betraying him applies to David and looks forward to Christ being betrayed by his friends.

    Thus I would have to say in passages like Psalm 1:2 and Psalm 19:7 the phrase “Law of the Lord” definitely refers to the whole of Scripture, not just OT but all written, all God breathed words, even hundreds of years later. However, it would be quite a jump from delighting and meditating on the Law of the Lord to saying that we must obey every single command given in the OT with no thought to whom they were given to or the different Covenants. In Psalms 19, we have laws, precepts and commandments, and in other places the word statutes. What does each of these encompass? I don’t know. That is why I must “meditate” on them more. 🙂

    Berean Wife

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