There is an enormous amount of confusion, not to say misinformation, in much that is said and written about â€˜the lawâ€™.1 Let me explain. Most evangelicals think of â€˜the lawâ€™ as a moral system encapsulated in the ten commandments.2 This is a bad, bad mistake, and the source of much misunderstanding and trouble. True, â€˜the ten commandmentsâ€™ is a biblical phrase, but its use in Scripture is very rare, and the law is never defined in this way, never! The phrase â€˜ten commandmentsâ€™ occurs only three times in the entire Bible (Ex. 34:28; Deut. 4:13; 10:4), never once in the New Testament. Of course, the â€˜tablets of stoneâ€™, and â€˜the ministry... written and engraved on stonesâ€™ are mentioned in the New Testament (2 Cor. 3:3,7), but whether these are references exclusively to the ten commandments or to the entire Sinai covenant is debatable.