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Law

Law [N] [B] [S]

a rule of action.

  • The Law of Nature is the will of God as to human conduct, founded on the moral difference of things, and discoverable by natural light ( Romans 1:20 ; Romans 2:14 Romans 2:15 ). This law binds all men at all times. It is generally designated by the term conscience, or the capacity of being influenced by the moral relations of things.

  • The Ceremonial Law prescribes under the Old Testament the rites and ceremonies of worship. This law was obligatory only till Christ, of whom these rites were typical, had finished his work ( Hebrews 7:9 Hebrews 7:11 ; 10:1 ; Ephesians 2:16 ). It was fulfilled rather than abrogated by the gospel.

  • The Judicial Law, the law which directed the civil policy of the Hebrew nation.

  • The Moral Law is the revealed will of God as to human conduct, binding on all men to the end of time. It was promulgated at Sinai. It is perfect ( Psalms 19:7 ), perpetual ( Matthew 5:17 Matthew 5:18 ), holy ( Romans 7:12 ), good, spiritual (14), and exceeding broad ( Psalms 119:96 ). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant of works ( Galatians 3:17 ). (See COMMANDMENTS .)

  • Positive Laws are precepts founded only on the will of God. They are right because God commands them.

  • Moral positive laws are commanded by God because they are right.

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Law". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .