The Old Testament Law and the New Testament Grace

By Prof. Johan Malan, Middelburg, South Africa (March 2009)

All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.


Summary: Many questions are in these days asked on the relationship between law and grace. Some Christians are strongly convinced that aspects of the Old Testament law, e.g. Sabbath observance on Saturdays, still apply in the New Testament. It is not only the Seventh-day Adventists who hold this view, but also various other groups of Christians who wrongly pursue their “spiritual roots” in Israel and then become entangled with Israel’s Old Testament laws and feasts. It is important to realise the full implications of efforts by Christians who, contrary to the Bible, try to live under grace and under law.



1.    Introduction

2.    The Law of God

3.    The Grace of Christ

4.    The Dangers of Judaising

5.    The Jewish Sabbath or the Christian Sunday?

6.    The Seventh-day Adventists

7.    Christian Fundamentalism

8.    The New Life in Christ