Christocracy and the Divine Saviour’s Law for All Mankind

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, …but his delight is in the Law of the Lord; and in His Law doth he meditate day and night!” (Ps. 1:1-2) “O how love I thy Law! It is my meditation all the day!” (Ps. 119:97) “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God!” (I Cor. 7:19) “I am not without the Law of God, but in the Law of Christ!” (I Cor. 9:21)

1. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word or the central Person of the Trinity, and the Triune Father-Son-Spirit has always been in harmony with Himself.1 He is all of His attributes: because He is all that He has. He is righteous, and He is loving, and He is good, and He is merciful. For He is all of His attributes. He is not just righteous, but He is also love; and He is not just good, but He is also merciful. While righteous too, God is even above righteousness and Law. But He is never without righteousness. Neither is He ever at variance with His own Law!2

2. Law is given by God for the sake of His creation. He initially created and subsequently fashioned the universe in six days  law-fully! And after creation and formation, it is by law that He now normally governs our present world throughout its continuing duration.3

3. This law-giving God created Adam as His own law-ful image.4 And even at his very creation, Adam already had the cosmos-embracing Law of God (summarized in Ten Commandments) written on his heart.5

                                               

1 Matt. 28:19 & 3:16-17 & II Cor. 13:14 & Ex. 3:6, 14 & 6:3 & John 1:1-5, 14-18 cf. Gen. 1:1-3’s Triune Elohim [or God the Father and the Divine Word (“and God said”) and the Spirit of God (moving “on the face of the waters”)]. Cf. too F.N. Lee: Ten Commandments Today! (London: Lord’s Day Observance Society, 1976) and F.N. Lee: The Covenantal Sabbath (London: Lord’s Day Observance Society, 1972). 2 Ex. 34:6-7; Westminster Confession (2:1) and Larger Catechism (Q.7); cf. John Calvin’s “Deus legibus solutus, sed non exlex” (in Dooyeweerd: New Critique, Philadelphia, Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1953, I. pp. 93 & 99ff.). 3 Gen. 1; Job:38:33; Ps. 33:6-9ff; 119:89-92; 148:2-6; Westminster Confession 5:3k. 4 Gen. 1:26-28.

CHRISTOCRACY AND THE DIVINE SAVIOR’S LAW FOR ALL MANKIND

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4. Adam was to dom-inate or to make-a-domain or to carve out a domus or a home for himself in our world. He had covenant obligations to the Lord. Accordingly, Adam was to “image” the Creator God and to “make-himself-at-home” or get thoroughly dom-iciled in the universe. For he was to rule-by-law over the whole cosmos  norma-tively!6 This covenant or legal obligation between God and man needed to be depicted (both positively and negatively). And this was done by Adam’s Law-ful attitude toward: the tree of life; the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the sabbath; marriage; family life; and by covenantal social development (in all of its many intricacies and interlacements).7

5. Adam was subject to God’s Law: he was required to keep the covenant of lawful works by subduing the entire universe and all of its contents to the glory of God.8 But Adam fell into sin. And he did so by transgressing the primordial Law. For he rebelled against the substance of the entire Decalogue  and thereby broke all Ten Commandments simultaneously!9

6. However, the Moral Law continued to operate even after the fall and before the time of Noah. And God’s renewed covenant with Noah both before and after the flood reinforced the obligation of keeping the Moral Law  both for Noah himself as well as for all of his descendants too!10

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