Freed From the Law!!

—Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

4/6/2011

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”Romans 8:2

Freed from the law!  What a glorious thought.  The Mosaic Law was given for one purpose – to show mankind our sin.  None of us, believers or unbelievers, have kept the Law.  Some may say, “Well, I’ve never committed adultery.  I’ve never killed anybody.”  Yet, Jesus said, “…whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).  The Lord inspired John to say, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer” (I John 3:15).  You see, we are all guilty of breaking the Law in the spirit in which it was given.

Yet, the believer has been freed from the Law.  That Law which previously condemned us no longer has the yoke of bondage on us (Galatians 5:1).  The Law has no dominion over us whatsoever.  Some would say, “Well, we have been freed from the penalty of the Law, but, we are still under it.”  Brothers and sisters, a law without a penalty is nothing more than a recommendation.  God inspired Paul to say, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14) Praise the Lord, the child of God cannot ever stand as a sinner before the throne of God because he has been freed from the Law!!  We are not under the Law but under grace.  Thank the Lord for His sovereign grace.

Some may respond to this teaching by saying, “If I believed such as that, I’d go out and live the way that I want.”  Oh, but we are living the way that we want!  Having been made alive by the Holy Spirit, our desire is to serve Christ.  We are living the way we want!  We are following the gentle leadership of the Holy Spirit.  We no longer are under the service of the hard taskmaster of the Law.  We have liberty in Jesus Christ because He has freed us from the Law itself.

If we are free from the Law, what in the world should we do?  Are we left without guidance?  A thousand times no!!  The Lord Jesus Christ has given us plenty of instruction.  The NT writers have given us plenty of instruction.  We can still use the OT for instructive purposes as well.  Even in the Law (which we are not under) we get a glimpse of the mind of God and how He relates to man.  Yet, the greatest leader we have is the Holy Spirit.  Galatians 5:18 says, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” And again, Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”

Child of God, pause today to thank the Lord that we have are not under the Law, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse” (Galatians 3:10).  Yet, we are not under the Law.  We have been freed from this curse.  Better yet, the Spirit Himself is guiding us step by step through this life.  Praises be to our God and Father that has sent His Son and our Savior to free us from the Law.  Now, let us be about His business in sharing this glorious good news with our fellow men.

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