This essay wrestles with the applicability of the Law of Moses to the New Testament church. Can we make a distinction between the Ten Commandments and laws on the liturgical aspects of the life of Israel? The essay emphasizes the contextual nature of the Mosaic Law and its function in that particular redemptive-historical context. The distinction often made between some of the laws as "moral" and others not, is rejected as methodologically objectionable.
Is the law against the gospel? No. The law harmonizes with the gospel. The law is good, because it reveals God's character and it discloses His design for us. When used rightly, the law identifies sin and leads individuals to lead a life of love for God.