“Law” – the very word seems so antagonistic to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the minds of some people. The idea that there could be “laws” of the Gospel that need to be obeyed is said to be a denial of what Jesus Christ did. In my opinion, this misunderstanding is largely fueled by a focus on Paul’s writings in which the term “law” is usually shorthand for “Law of Moses,” not an attack on the concept of laws and commandments per se. The law – meaning the Law of Moses – has been done away. But there is still a law of Christ, or a law of the Gospel, which followers of Jesus Christ are asked to follow.
If the concept of a “law of Christ” is anathema to what some of our critics call “historic Christianity,” then I guess Paul himself would have to be among the pre-historic Christians, for In Galatians 6:2 he admonishes us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” In fact, Paul spends a good deal of time telling Christians what they need to do, what sins they need to avoid, and how they need to obey, in order to better follow Christ and to avoid falling away from the grace that the Gospel offers. Yes, there is a law of Christ, and the word “obey” is still part of Christianity. Those who wish to follow Jesus Christ will seek to repent of their sin, be baptized in His name, and strive to obey His teachings and, yes, His law, relying on His merits and grace to be saved. We access that grace by entering into a covenant relationship with Him and seeking to follow Him.