I was doing a little study today on the Seven Editions of Divine Law from the Thompson Chain Reference bible. Gotta love that bible! There are “Seven Editions of Divine Law” that have been written for us to understand the need of a Saviour God.
- Nature shows us the glory of God.
Psa 19:1 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork.
- The law of God and what we know to be fundamentally right or wrong is written on our consciences.
Rom 2:15 in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them
- The Law was written on tablets of stone.
Exo 24:12 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee the tables of stone, and the law and the commandment, which I have written, that thou mayest teach them.
- Christ is our illustrated edition to this law. The perfect embodiment of truth.
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.
- The law of God was written and is contained within our scriptures for our benefit and to give us hope in our time of trouble. Patience and strength during our trials and afflictions is promised us. [See 2 Cor 1:2-11]
Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.
- The laws of God are not just written on our conscience but also our heart.
Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people
- Following are two strange verses, I had to read it and re-read it again. I have chosen the “literal translation” of the bible because it says that the Corinthians had become Christ’s letter. It basically means that our out-ward lives should reflect a Christ-filled life.
That is very challenging isn’t it? A bit scary too. IMHO these few verses in the letter written by Paul is a reminder to the Corinthian Church which had become problematic with false teaching and practices. They were to come back to a Christ-like life. Considering Paul’s use of words like; tablets of stone – the Law of God, which is also written by the Spirit of the living God on fleshly tablets of the heart, it is a call to understand the purpose of the law. [See Romans 7:9ff] That is how I understand it anyway. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
2Co 3:2 You are our letter, having been inscribed in our hearts, being known and being read by all men,
2Co 3:3 it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.
Clarke says this…
Manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ – Ye are in our hearts, and Christ has written you there; but yourselves are the epistle of Christ; the change produced in your hearts and lives, and the salvation which you have received, are as truly the work of Christ as a letter dictated and written by a man in his work.
I thought that was very powerful.