a rule of action
(1.) 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
(Rom. 1:20; 2:14
, 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.
(2.) 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 (Heb. 7:9, 11; 10:1
; Eph. 2:16
). It was fulfilled rather than abrogated by the gospel.
(3.) The Judicial Law, the law which directed the civil policy of the Hebrew
(4.) 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 (Ps. 19:7
), perpetual (Matt. 5:17, 18
), holy (Rom. 7:12
), good, spiritual (14), and exceeding broad (Ps. 119:96
). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant
of works (Gal. 3:17
). (See COMMANDMENTS.)
(5.) Positive Laws are precepts founded only on the will of God. They are right because God commands them.
(6.) Moral positive laws are commanded by God because they are right.