Soteriology -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 103:411 (Jul 1946)
Article: Soteriology
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer


Lewis Sperry Chafer

(Continued from the April-June Number, 1946)

The Savior

Things Accomplished by Christ in His Sufferings and Death

II. Christ the Ending of the Law Principle in behalf of Those Who Are Saved.

The more extended discussion of the Law as to its inception, its purpose, its reign, and its termination, yet to be undertaken under Ecclesiology, is not in order here. The immediate issue is the truth that, by the death of Christ and for those who believe, the legal, meritorious system of works’ comes to an end. In its larger aspects the law exists as two widely different realities, namely, the Law of Moses, and inherent law.

The Law of Moses is that rule for conduct which God gave to Israel at Mount Sinai, which law ran its course for 1500 years and was then superseded by “grace and truth” (John 1:17). It is that covenant which God made with Israel (Exod 19:5) when He “took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake” (Jer 31:32). The law-covenant was strictly a conditional agreement which conditioned divine blessings upon human faithfulness. The official and final statement of this covenant is recorded in Deuteronomy, chapter 28. In the light of new blessings and relationships which were to follow in the present age of grace and in the yet future kingdom age, the Mosaic Law was an ad interim divine, dealing until the Seed—Christ—should come. It was a παιδαγωγός, a child

governor or disciplinarian, to lead to Christ. But after Christ, the object of faith, is come, “we are no longer under a schoolmaster [παιδαγωγός]” (Gal 3:19–25). Nevertheless, though the legal principle is now done away—and of necessity, because of its incompatibility with the rule for conduct which grace provides—it will, when Israel returns to the land under Messiah’s reign, be reestablished. Of those requirements and concerning the return of Israel to the land, Moses said, “And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day” (Deut 30:8). Though it is the very law which Moses commanded that Israel will do, their situation will be altered. Christ will be on the Throne of David reigning over Israel and the whole earth; Satan will be in the abyss; and this law, rather than being...

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