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Question What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
Answer The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral law. 1
[1] Romans 2:14–15; 10:5

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Were there positive institutions under the old testament?

There were meats, and drinks, and diverse washings and carnal ordinances,
Hebrews 9:10

Were these suited to the infant state of the church?

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world,
Galatians 4:3

But are they now abolished?

For they were only imposed till the time of reformation,
Hebrews 9:10

Is it our great mercy to be free from them?

For they were a yoke which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear,
Acts 15:10

Do we owe this liberty to Christ?

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law,
Hebrews 8:12

And should we stand fast in it?

Be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,
Galatians 5:1

Are there positive institutions under the gospel?

For I have received of the Lord, that which I also delivered unto you,
1 Corinthians 11:23

And should these be observed?

And keep the ordinances as I delivered them unto you,
1 Corinthians 11:2

But is the moral law the principal rule of obedience?

The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb,
Deuteronomy 5:2

Was this law originally written upon the heart of man?

They show the work of the law, written in their hearts,
Romans 2:15

Doth natural conscience enforce this law?

For the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law,
Romans 2:14

Did the Gentiles then sin by breaking this law?

What they know naturally in these things, they corrupt themselves,
Jude 10

And will they be punished for the breach of it?

They that have sinned without law shall perish without law,
Romans 2:12

But is this law more fully revealed in the word?

The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day,
Deuteronomy 5:3

Should we subscribe to the excellency of the law?

The law is holy, just, and good,
Romans 7:12

And inquire into its uses?

Wherefore then serveth the law,
Galatians 3:19

Are the saints under the law as a covenant of works?

We are not under the law, but under grace,
Romans 6:15

But are they under it as a rule of life?

Being not without law to God,
1 Corinthians 9:21

Is it universally binding?

I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right,
Psalm 119:128

And perpetually so?

Do we then make void the law through faith, God forbid,
Romans 3:31

Doth the law curb sin?

It was made not for the righteous man but for the lawless and disobedient,
1 Timothy 1:9

And instruct in duty?

For the end of the commandment is charity,
1 Timothy 1:5

Doth it convince of sin?

I had not known sin but by the law,
Romans 7:7

And aggravate sin?

The law entered that the offence might abound,
Romans 5:20

And beget fear?

It gendereth unto bondage,
Galatians 4:24

And silence carnal objections?

That every mouth might be stopped,
Romans 3:19

And destroy a self-righteous principle?

I through the law am dead to the law,
Galatians 2:19

And lead the sinner to Christ?

The law is our school-master, to bring us to Christ,
Galatians 3:24

Is the law then of great advantage if rightly used?

For we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
1 Timothy 1:8

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Question What did God at first reveal unto man as the rule of his obedience?
Answer The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, besides a special command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law. 1
[1] Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 2:14–15; 10:5; Genesis 2:17