All Men Are Amenable to the Law of Christ

W. Terry Varner
September 7, 2014

Amenability means “to be subject to, to be responsible to, to be submissive to.” Let me give two true illustrations: One fall day in 1997 driving to teach at WVSOP and listening to KDKA radio station out of Pittsburgh, the announcer was taking calls concerning building the Heinz Field/PNC Park sport complex. He was objecting to building the complex. The caller said that the Pennsylvania Senate and House had approved bills for the complex. The announcer said: “Don't quote those bills that is like quoting the Bible. It proves nothing.” In visiting a sick person who nad many problems, many of which were the result of her lifestyle, I suggested she read the Bible. She replied: “That is just the Bible—it does not help.”

Men and the Law of Christ. On the day of Pentecost God made Christianity the covenant He sustains with all men this side of the cross. The covenant is called “the law of Christ” or Christianity. “Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). While men can reject God s covenant, all men are subject to the law of Christ.

In divine covenants, God stipulates all terms. We either accept or reject. Men need to learn that all men are 1) subject to the highest authority—God via the law of Christ, 2) responsible to the highest authority—-God via the law of Christ, 3) answerable to the highest authority—God via the law of Christ, and 4) to be submissive to the highest authority—God via the law of Christ.

Why All Men Are Amenable to the Law of Christ. The Bible reveals several reasons. We have listed below only a few of them.

  • Universality of sin. All “are under sin . . . ‘There is none righteous, no not one’” (Rom. 3:9-10). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Daniel prophesied of the coming law of Christ: “One like the Son of Man, coming with clouds of heaven! He [Christ] came to the Ancient of Days [God], and they brought Him [Christ] near before Him [God], Then to Him [Christ] was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:13-14, emp. added).

The Christian age came with God reconciling “both [Jew/Gentile; i.e. all men] in one body [church] by the cross” (Eph. 2:16). “We both [Jew/Gentile; i.e. all men] have access by one Spirit to the Father” (Eph. 2:18).

  • Universal Sovereignty of Christ. Mankind does not like the idea that he is subject to anyone. However, in our rebellion we forget that Christ said: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:20). Jesus said: “You [God] have given Him [Christ] authority over all flesh” (John 17:3). Jesus is “far above ail principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named” (Eph. 1:21). In His sovereignty, all men will be judged by Christ. “The Father has . . . given Him authority to execute judgment . . . because He is the Son of Man” (John 5:27). “So then each or us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12; cf. 2 Cor. 5:10). “For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth” (Ps. 96:13).

With such clear declaration that all men sin, God’s sovereignty is universal, and all will be judged, there is no way to deny that all men are amenable to the law of Christ.