Law of the Covenant; Law of Conscience; Law of the Spirit, what’s the relevant difference?
A FB Post suggested that Christians are confronted with hundreds of “commands” in the New Covenant; the Hebrew Tribes were confronted with some 613-laws as well…how are we to obey and please God in the New Covenant?
Christians don’t dwell, fret, worry, concerning laws, rules, edicts, traditions, days, food, when they’re following the Holy Spirit’s guidance (Galatians 5:16); the Spirit walks the Christian in obedience to God’s will by our conscience, methodically, in peace and joy in the New Covenant through sanctification; the Christian is not enslaved to rules, laws, letters, edicts, commands, as we’re one-with-God with intimacy and love as He dwells within us through His Holy Spirit. I don’t serve letters that condemn me to death and destroy joy and peace; I serve God in the Holy Spirit and in this, there is peace, forever (2 Corinthians 3:6; Romans 5:1).
Discussion concerning “law”…
As Christians, we know what is expected of us through God’s words, study of the Scriptures; but even more relevant, we intuitively know what is expected of us as the Holy Spirit walks us in sanctification and guides us through our conscience; also, consider this, how did all of humanity “know” God’s moral mandates before Sinai, before the Canon of Scripture? What “law” judged Satan, the rebellious angels, a law possessing retributive judgment that will ultimately culminate in their imprisonment in Hell, forever (Revelation 20:10); what law judged the Adamic and Noahic generations (Genesis 6) who perished by water save eight in that judgment; after all, there were no “letters” or Canon of Scripture? The Code of Hammurabi, where did this collection of “laws” find its Genesis?
The Law of Conscience…
The “moral law,” acting as an arbiter of free will, has been extant from the creation of the angels; that same moral law is infused within each of us at creation as we’re created in the spiritual image of God and have received certain communicable attributes of God relevant to His eschatological purposes (Genesis 1:26-28); otherwise, mankind would implode in unrestrained narcissism and God’s justice could not manifest with due process in adjudication for sin.
All of humanity is “without excuse”…
We all intuitively know God’s moral mandates as He has put them in our heart (Romans 1:18-32) and the Covenant of Law was NOTHING NEW or NOVEL…simply a reiteration of the moral law of God with some specificity concerning sins that are especially egregious to God as Israel’s children were set-apart for His eschatological purposes while surrounded by pagan tribes worshiping pagan gods. Even the most remote pagan Aborigine intuitively knows that stealing his neighbor’s property is wrong and raping his neighbor’s wife is unconscionable yet he has never observed the Torah or a law book of ordinances.
The “many” of humanity (Matthew 7:13-14) who will stand before Jesus Christ in the Judgment of the Condemned (Rev 20:11-15) will be “without excuse” (Romans 1:18-32) as they all have known God and His moral mandates that regulate behavior in interpersonal relationships and regulate our relationship with our God, Elohim, Jesus Christ.