"Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and
makest thy boast of God, and knowest His will,... being instructed out of the
law." Rom. 2:17,18.
2. What did they have in the law?
"Which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law." Verse
NOTE.-The written law presents the form of knowledge and of the truth. Grace and
truth, or grace and the reality or realization of that which the written law demands, came
by Jesus Christ. He was the law in life and action.
3. What did Jesus say of His attitude toward the law?
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfil." Matt. 5:17.
NOTE.-By the expression "the law" here is meant the five books of Moses; and
by "the prophets," the writings of the prophets. Christ did not come to set
aside or to destroy either of these, but to fulfil both. The ceremonialism of types and
shadows contained in the books written by Moses He fulfilled by meeting them as their
great Antitype. The moral law, the great basic fabric underlying all of Moses' writings
Christ fulfilled by a life of perfect obedience to all its requirements. The prophets He
fulfilled in His advent as the Messiah, Prophet, Teacher, and Saviour foretold by them.
4. What did He teach concerning the stability of the law?
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Verse 18.
5. In what instruction did He emphasize the importance of keeping the law?
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and
teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Verse 19.
6. What did Christ tell the rich young man to do in order to enter into life?
"If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Matt. 19:17.
7. When asked which commandments, what did Jesus say?
"Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt
not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Verses 18,19.
NOTE.-While not quoting all of the ten commandments, Jesus quoted sufficient of them to
show that He referred to the moral law. In quoting the second great commandment He called
attention to the great principle underlying the second table of the law,-love to one's
neighbor,-which the rich young man, in his covetousness, was not keeping.
8. Does faith render the law void?
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the
law." Rom. 3:31.
9. How is the law fulfilled?
"Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be
any other commandment [touching our duty to our fellow men], it is briefly comprehended in
this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his
neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Rom. 13:8-10.
10. What is of more importance than any outward ceremony?
"Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the
commandments of God." 1 Cor. 7:19.
11. What kind of mind is not subject to the law of God?
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it
is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Rom. 8:7.
12. What proves that the law is an undivided whole?