"I through the law died to the law..."
Text: Galatians 2:19a
THE LAW- A MOST SENSITIVE SUBJECT
The apostle Paul could not avoid making mention of the law. It was out of their understanding of the law that the Jews chose not to relate to Gentiles. How should the law be understood, interpreted and applied?
MULTI-ASPECTS OF THE LAW
Paul did not discount the significance of the law. Jewish thought in the days of Paul included the following understanding:-
1. It had religious implications.
a) It governed worship.
b) It contained vital tenets of faith and religious practice.
2. It had social implications.
a) Pertaining to familial relationships.
b) Pertaining to social interaction (including relating to Gentiles).
3. It had judicial implications.
a) Jewish laws were based on the laws of Moses.
b) However it must also be said that many other bye-laws were added to their judicial code.
Paul’s perspective is to be carefully studied in the following text he wrote.
For I through the law died to the law
that I might live to God.