The Decalogue as the Law of Christ

  title={The Decalogue as the Law of Christ},
  author={Gilbert C. Meilaender},
  journal={Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology},
  pages={338 - 349}
  • G. Meilaender
  • Published 1 August 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology
It is obvious that the Decalogue (the “ten words”) has played a central role in the church’s understanding of how Christians should live. In their confessions, in their preaching, and perhaps especially in their catechetical instruction, churches have used the Decalogue as a framework for understanding the will of God for our lives. Jesus himself seems to regard the commandments of the Decalogue as an articulation of the goodness God requires (e.g., Luke 18:18–20). And in Galatians (4:13) St… 


See Leviticus 18:8; Deuteronomy 22:30; Deuteronomy 27:20. 28. The idea of instructional prophecy is my appropriation of the concept of "parenetic prophecy" developed in Reinhard Hütter
  • The Ten Commandments: Positive and Natural Law and the Covenants Old and New-Christian Use of the Decalogue and Moral Law
  • 2005
) again in Church Dogmatics, III/4: 24-26; and (3) in The Christian Life, 6-11, a fragment of the unfinished discussion of the ethics of reconciliation in volume IV
  • Barth himself provides a succinct description of his approach in three places: (1) in Church Dogmatics, II