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 “From the very beginning of the great controversy in Heaven, it has been Satan's purpose to overthrow the law of God.”—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 582.
     Why? Because the law, as the foundation of God’s government, expresses the moral integrity of the cosmos, and to overthrow that law would be to overthrow the moral order of the creation itself.  
Morality, though, means the ability to choose right or wrong, good or evil—and the only way for the universe to be moral, to allow the potential for good or evil, for right or wrong, would be for it to have a law that defines them.

“What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet,’ ” (Rom. 7:7).  
Our universe is moral because God created free beings answerable to His law. If there were no law against coveting, there would be no sin of covetousness.
Indeed, God created humans as creatures who can love. Love, though, can’t exist without freedom, moral freedom. And moral freedom can’t exist without law, moral law. Love rests on freedom, and freedom rests on law.
     Hence, the topic for our quarter: Christ and His law.  We will study the law, especially the question of why so many Christians—misunderstanding the relationship between law and grace—have fallen in the trap of denying the continued validity of the Ten Commandments and thus, unwittingly, have helped in the attempt to “overthrow” it.
The Bible, though, is clear: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3). The link between our loving God and keeping His commandments is stronger than we realize, until we realize that we can love God because we live in a universe where love can exist.  And it can exist because the universe is moral, and that morality is based, at least for us as created beings, on God’s moral law—the subject we will now pursue.

 

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