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The National (Law) Form - A Form Of Administration Of The Covenant Of Grace

Reason

Example Text

1. All the ceremonial laws concerning sacrifices, washings, priesthood, and tabernacle all pointed to, and were fulfilled by, Jesus Christ.

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

- Hebrews 10:1

2. The sacraments (which included bloodshedding) all pointed to the Savior.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifice than these.

- Hebrews 9:22-23

3. The gracious introduction to the moral law.

And God spake all these words, sa-ying,

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

- Exodus 20:1-2

4. The moral law was given to increase the consciousness of sin and convict of guilt; to work need and place for Jesus Christ and His grace.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

- Romans 8:19

5. The moral law was given by the Mediator, Jesus Christ.

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

- Galatians 3:19

These three forms of administration that pointed to and promised Jesus Christ, which looked forward to His perfect salvation as Head as the Covenant of Grace, can be distinguished from the last form of revelation. The final form is the fulfillment of the types and promises of the former. Scripture speaks of the first three forms as the old, and the fulfillment as the new, covenants or testaments. The Old Testament was the promise, the New Testament was the fulfillment, but, both form one complete revelation, Word, Savior, Covenant Head, and covenant.

4. Ecclesiastical (Gospel or New Testament) Form from Christ to the end of the world - the revelation of the Covenant of Grace in its final form is the richest and most gracious form of revelation in the following ways:

    a. God's grace is revealed most directly - not through types and prophecies, but in actuality and fulfillment (John 16:13-15).

  • Ceremonial laws - Israel's Old Testament religious laws which pointed to, and were fulfilled by, Christ

  • Moral law - The Ten Commandments

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    In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

    Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

    - Hebrews 8:13;9:1

    And for this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

    - Hebrews 9:15

     


  • Ecclesiastical - Referring to a worldwide church

  • Do the Old and New Testament dispensations differ in plan or way of salvation for man? If not, in what way do they differ?


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