Applying the Old Testament Law as Christians, Hays Essay

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Christopher Patterson

Applying the Old Testament Law as Christians, Hays Essay

Summer 2011 OBST 591-B05 LUO

Dr. Street

June 5, 2011

Applying the Old Testament Law as Christians is honoring Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The bible says that the Old Testament is a shadow of what Jesus Christ is. To look at it in a different perspective the” Light”, who Jesus Christ says He is, reflects a shadow on the Old Testament Law. Whatever Jesus Christ did in the New Testament was the Old Testament Law—Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament Law. Hays’s article gives us an understanding that we as Christians today use the Old Testament Laws when convenient or relevant. He believes Christians are interpreting the law with little adequacy which may cause an application issue. Hays’ understanding of the Old Testament Law is that we should not categorize the Old Testament law with inconsistencies. For example, the writer believes some Old Testament Laws we adapt and claim to be moral should not hold any distinction from any other Old Testament Laws during that time period. However, Christians today know when the Sabbath day is –the last day of the week which is Saturday, but do not keep it. Furthermore, Christians use the first day of the week as the substitute by going to Church on Sunday and worshipping. Hays’ princplism approach--five steps to obey the Law: First, what did the initial text mean to the audience? Hays specifies that we must identify the historical and literary context. The next step is to determine the differences between Christians today and the initial audiences. Thirdly, we are to develop universal principles from the scriptures, meaning we are to understand that God’s word has a meaning to all of His people—current and previous. Next, We are to correlate the principle with the New Testament teaching. The Old Testament Law can and does have commands that we are to adhere to even though we are covered by the Blood of...
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