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How Jesus Transforms The Ten Commandments Paperback – April 12, 2007
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"The great expounder of biblical theology, Clowney guides us between the errors of lawless license and graceless legalism through this magnificent study of the Ten Commandments." --Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary Author of Christ-Centered Preaching
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Edmund Clowney, by way of introduction, discusses the confusion that the New Scofield Bible brought in the 1900s in its misapprehension of this divine disclosure - and it was great. 'We tend to think of the Law as rules to obey, but Jesus sees the Law as something to fulfill. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the prophets.' p 7 Calvin saw the law as more than just the Ten Commandments given to Israel, but a moral and internal law given as a rule to all people: "...the very things contained in the two tables...dictated to us by the internal law, which as already been said, is in a manner written and stamped on every heart." Institutes 2:1:3
When Biblical Theology maintains that Christ is the end of the Law, it does so because, in truth, is does not mean that He came to put an end to the Law, but that He is the goal [Gk: telos], or the end of the Law. When Jesus spoke the following words we see He was, by definition, summarizing the Ten Commandments - and re-affirming their import into the New Testament in Matthew 22:
37 "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second like it is: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'."
"The first and great commandment" Christ appoints in verse 37 is, in fact, a summary of the first four of the Ten Commandments that deal exclusively with our worship of Creator God and the sanctity of God's Person and holy Name.Read more ›
The book is divided into eleven chapters with an introduction followed by individual chapters for each of the Ten commandments. Clowney does a wonderful job of guiding the reader through each commandment, showing its original intent and then showing how it points to Christ and how Christ fulfills the law by obeying it and transforming it. One of the better short examples of how he does this is found in chapter eleven on the Tenth commandment. Clowney says, "When we consider hoe Jesus has transformed this command, we realize that Jesus is asking of us no less desire, but infinitely more! Jesus commands us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness with all our heart." What Clowney is showing here is that the original command is simply a command not to do something. If my neighbor has a boat and I don't have desires for his boat then I am following this command. Jesus expands this by saying it is not good enough for me to not desire my neighbors things, I should be desire God's things (His kingdom to come and His will to be done). This is what Clowney means by transforming. Just in case the reader comes away with the thought that they must work "extra hard" to keep God's commands, Clowney ends the book with a great conclusion:
Christian, take heart, Christ has accomplished the law for you, and it is in the confidence and the freedom that Christ brings you that you can, by the power of his Spirit, please God and live out in your own life what the will of God demands of you. You will not do this perfectly.Read more ›
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have always appreciated Clowney's writings. The Preface is very good in defining his terms of interpreting / studying : Biblical theologyPublished on April 12, 2013 by Loraine todd
Clowney, even in death, gives us a glimpse into the mind of God. The Ten Commandments are most misunderstood and Clowney helps us to see Jesus' view of them.Published on January 26, 2013 by Robert Beasley