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the Scripture. However, it is clear thatthe holy, just and good law (Romans7:12) was never intended by God to bethe rule of life for his New Covenantchurch. The Law had a distinct pur- pose and when that purpose was ful-
lled, the holy, just and good law wasreplaced with a higher more spirituallaw, the law of Christ. That biblicalfact is clearly set forth prophetically inDeuteronomy 18:15-19. Look again atthat important prophecy.
I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren,and will put My words in His mouth,and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words,which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
(Deut. 18:18-19 NKJV)
The New Covenant Scripturesleave no room for doubt as to whatGod meant when he made this prom-ise to Moses. Look at how John un-derstood Moses’ prophecy in John 12.
Then Jesus cried out and said, “Hewho believes in Me, believes not in Mebut in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I havecome as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I donot judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not re-ceive My words, has that which judgeshim-- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I havenot spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me acommand, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that Hiscommand is everlasting life. Therefore,whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
John 12:44-50 (NKJV)
It is exegetically irresponsible tomake either Deuteronomy 18 or John12 mean that Jesus does not give anynew laws, but merely interprets whatMoses has said. Let me paraphraseCovenant Theology’s understandingof Deuteronomy 18. Bold italics indi-cate where I have inserted CovenantTheology’s understanding into thetext:
I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren,and will put My words
the true in- terpretation of the words I gave you at Sinai
in His mouth, and He shall speak
interpret the true meaning of all that I commanded you Him.
And it shall be that whoever will not hear
His interpretation of
My wordsto you, which He speaks in My name
will repeat and correctly interpret
I will require it of him.
We can do the same thing withJohn 12: 49, 50:
For I have not spoken on My ownauthority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
And that commandment was to repeat and give the true interpretation of the un- changing law that My Father gave to Moses.
And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak
is always the same thing as Moses spoke. I am the true and
nal interpreter of Moses, the greatestlawgiver,
just as the Father has told Me, so I speak
and interpret the true meaning of Moses’ law.
Some may accuse me of caricature, but I think any honest person will seethat I have articulated what Bahnsen,Pink, Chantry and Barcellos (Seearticle in the previous issue of
Sound of Grace)
have clearly expressed, but perhaps not as bluntly, in their writing.
The Object Lesson – the NewCovenant Prophet
Mark 9:2-8 records the great ob- ject lesson that shows Christ is thenew Lawgiver or Prophet who re- places Moses. It is worth noting thatMoses did not make it into the land of Canaan during his lifetime because of his outburst of anger, but Mark 9:2-8 proves that he
nally made it into