Only One Law in the New Covenant

Disrupting Culture

The only law in the New Covenant is the law of love, based on Jesus’ statement to His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”(John 13:34). To get a proper understanding of this command to love, we need to first understand two groups who existed during the first century—the Judaizers and the Antinomians. Judaizers were the first century covenant theologians; they wanted to drag the old covenant into the new covenant. Paul wrote the entire Book of Galatians in response to the error of the Judaizers, and he battled their false teaching everywhere he went. The polar opposite to the Judaizers were the Antinomians, who said there is no law. Anti means “against,” and nomian means “law.” They were literally against any laws. They believed grace meant that they could sin as much as…

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