The Third Use of God’s Law

  What relationship does the Christian have to God's law - the law which is summarized in the Ten Commandments?  A good place start is with Paul.  He says that Christians are not under the law (Rom. 6.14, Gal. 5.18).  According to Reformed theology, this means that we are not under the law as a covenant of works… Continue reading The Third Use of God’s Law

The Uses of the Law

When the Reformed and Lutheran scholastics talked about God's moral law (lex moralis), they taught that there are three basic uses of the law (usus legis).  They are: 1) The civil use (usus politicus sive civilis).  That is, the law serves the commonwealth or body politic as a force to restrain sin.  This falls under… Continue reading The Uses of the Law