More Stuff Paul Didn’t Say About the Christian and the Law

Paul never says, as he does of Jews, that believers in Christ rely on the law, boast about the law, know God’s will through the law, are educated in the law, have light, knowledge and truth because of the law, do, observe and keep the law, on occasion transgress the law, or possess the law as letter or a written code, as a book, as decrees, or as commandments. Paul also never says, as he does of Jews, that Christians learn the law, walk according to the law, and expect good fruit and good works to flow from obedience to the law (Rosner, 109)


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    Todd Morikawa says

    These are interesting thoughts for sure. I’m assuming you will make a point at the end of your reading to tie it all together? Also, does the book address the objection that some of these things listed almost sound like they might be said by other NT authors?

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    Andy Barlow says

    Hey Todd! Yeah these are interesting thoughts. I’ll do my best to process his ideas once I’m finished reading the book. Right now I’m just trying to get my head around what he’s saying. To your question, I’m not sure he addresses the objections you mentioned. At least he hasn’t yet. I think his point is that in Paul and 2nd temple Judaism there seem to have been certain phrases used to indicate the Jews’ relationship to the Law, phrases that almost certainly would have been used of Christians, had Paul thought there was any sense in which Christians were under the law. For my own edification, I’d be interested to hear some of the NT verses that came to your mind as objection.

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      Todd Morikawa says

      What came to my mind were passages that didn’t use the exact words, but may have similar meaning, even in Paul: “the doers of the law will be justified” (Rom 2.13), or “in order that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk…according to the Spirit” (Rom 8.3-4, I understand there may be debate on how to interpret that); or James 2.8: “if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture…you are doing well.” Or even Peter’s “be holy, for I am holy.” It’s clear we are not “under” the Law, but, like the last time we talked, it seems hard to get around a 3rd use of the Law. But like you said, maybe the point here is the actual verbiage to separate from the Jews. Thanks for your hard work!

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