A Biblical Case for Natural Law by David Van Drunen

Biblical morality is characterized by an indicative-imperative structure. That is, all of its imperatives (moral commands) are proceeded by and grounded in indicatives (statements of fact), either explicitly or implicitly. The most important indicative that grounds the imperatives in Scripture is that the recipients of Scripture are the covenant people, that is,  members of the community of the covenant of grace.  The Old Testament Scriptures were not given to the world at large but to the people of Israel, God’s covenant people of old.  “He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.  He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws” (Ps. 147:19-20).  Neither were the New Testament Scriptures given to the world at large but to the church, the new covenant people.  p. 39  David Van Drunen, A Biblical Case for Natural Law (Grand Rapids : Acton Institute, no date)

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