The Law

We are not autonomous. That is, we may not live according to our own law. The moral condition of humankind is that of heteronomy*: we live under the law of another. The specific form of heteronomy under which we live is theonomy, or the law of God.

  1. God rules the universe by law. Gravity is one example of God’s laws of nature. God’s moral law is exhibited in the Ten Commandments.
  2. God has the authority to impose obligations upon His creatures.
  3. God acts according to the law of His own character.
  4. God reveals His moral law to our conscience and in Scripture.
  5. Only God has the authority to do away with His laws.
The Essential Truths of the Christian Faith devotional is excerpted from Essential Truths of the Christian Faith Copyright © 1992 by R. C. Sproul. All rights reserved.