Do the Law and gospel belong to two separate dispensations? Has the gospel replaced the Law? What is the relevance of the Old Testament to our lives as Christians? Is there continuity between it and what Christ expects of us in the Gospels?
Understanding these issues has a direct impact on the life of the believer in Christ. Five Views on the Law and Gospel presents five prominent views from respected Protestant scholars and teachers.
- Supporting the Non-Theonomic Reformed view, Willem A. VanGemeren discusses the law as the perfection of righteousness in Jesus Christ.
- In discussing the Theonomic Reformed view, Greg L. Bahnsen looks at how the continuity of Old Testament Law applies equally to sociopolitical ethics and to personal and ecclesiastical ethics.
- In the Evangelical view, Walter C. Kaiser Jr. maintains the weightier issues of the Law of Moses are binding on believers today, seeing the Law as God's guidance for the promotion of holiness.
- Arguing from the Dispensationalist view, Wayne G. Strickland talks about the different dispensations and how the Law of Christ is inaugurated in the Gospels.
- In the Modified Lutheran view, Douglas J. Moo discusses the Law of Christ as the fulfillment of the Law of Moses.
As in other Counterpoints books, each view is first presented by its opponent, then critiqued by each of the other contributors. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints format allows the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each view and draw informed, personal conclusions.