FAMILY AND LIFE ACADEMY - Fr Thomas Crean OP
COURSE OVERVIEW - Divine law is a subcategory of revelation, in which God tells man what He wants him to do. It was through disobedience to divine law that the Fall of our first parents was brought about, and it was through obedience of their descendants — Noah, Abraham and the other patriarchs — that God prepared the salvation of the human race.
The “old law”, or “old covenant”, culminated in the law given to God’s chosen people through Moses. Obedience to the precepts of Mosaic law was rewarded not only with God’s grace but with His temporal favour and protection.
“Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal 3:24).
The moral, ceremonial and judicial precepts of the old law were in themselves powerless to redeem the human race from the sin of Adam. The infinite offence of his disobedience to God required a new covenant with the Son of God Himself, contracted “neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by his own blood” (Heb 9:12).
The new law, unlike the old law, is not primarily a question of exterior observances but of an interior law of grace, perpetuated throughout the Christian era through the gospel of Christ and the laws of the Church.
IN THIS COURSE, YOU WILL LEARN
The origins of the divine law in the Old Testament
How this paved the way for the gospel of Jesus Christ
How the gospel of grace is continued in the law of the Church
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