What Should Christians do with Old Testament Laws?
Here's some ideas from David Dorsey:
What role does the Mosaic law play in the lives of Christians today?
“Having suggested that the Mosaic law in its entirety be removed from the backs of Christians in one sense, I would propose that the [entire OT] corpus be placed back into their hands in another sense. If on the one hand the evidence strongly suggests that the corpus is no longer legally binding upon Christians, there is equally strong evidence in the NT that all 613 laws are profoundly binding upon Christians in a revelatory (who God is) and pedagogical (teaching) sense.”
How then do we apply the OT laws to our own lives today?
“I would suggest the following procedure for applying any of the OT laws, whether the law be deemed ceremonial, judicial, or moral:
- Remind yourself that this law is not my law, that I am not legally bound by it, that it is one of the laws God issued to ancient Israel as part of his covenant with them.
- Determine the original meaning, significance, and purpose of the law.
- Determine the theological significance of the law.
- Determine the practical implications of the theological insights gained from this law for your own NT circumstances.”