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In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we begin Ch. 19 in the 1689 London Baptist Confession on the moral law. This section consists of an expansion of questions 45 and 46 in the Baptist Catechism and the Keach Catechism. An additional question has been added to provide a comprehensive definition of the moral law (Q. 86). This additional question is similar to question 95 in the Westminster Larger Catechism.

As before, feel free to comment on the additional questions added and the expanded questions below.


Q. 84: What is the duty which God requires of man?

A: The duty which God requires of man is obedience to His plainly and fully revealed will1 which is our reasonable service due to Him as our Creator, preserver, Master, and Sovereign.2

1. Deuteronomy 29:29; Micah 6:8; 1 John 5:2-3; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Samuel 15:22

2. Romans 12:1; Isaiah 44:21; Deuteronomy 32:6; Malachi 1:6; Psalm 22:27-28



Q. 85: In the beginning what did God reveal unto man as the rule of His obedience?

A: 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 from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) was the moral law.1

1. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 2:14-15; Romans 10:5; Genesis 2:17



Q. 86: What is the moral law?

A: The moral law is the declaration of the will of God for humanity, founded upon the perfections of God, which directs and binds everyone to personal, complete, exact, and perpetual conformity. The moral law applies to the whole man, body and soul,1 and includes the performances of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he owes to God and man.2 God promised life for keeping it and threatened death for disobeying it.3

1. Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 31-33; Luke 10:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Ephesians 4:24

2. Luke 1:75; Acts 24:16; 1 Peter 1:15-16

3. Romans 10:5; Galatians 3:10-12; Romans 5:12