So, Are We Under Law or Not?

Yesterday I said that Christ was made sin for us and was made a curse for us. Christ died, the result of being made sin and the curse for sin is death. But Christ rose again showing His power over death, over sin and ultimately over the law.

Colossians says He took away the handwriting of ordinances that were against us. A beautiful thing. This is the grounds of our justification.

As with most things, people take this to a sinful level as well. The fact that Christ removed, took away, the law, the thing that condemned us, many delve into what is known as “Antinomianism.”

Antinomianism officially means, “The doctrine or belief that the Gospel frees Christians from required obedience to any law, whether scriptural, civil, or moral, and that salvation is attained solely through faith and the gift of divine grace.”

My basis for the last few posts has been the book of Galatians, primarily chapters 2-4–justification by faith not by deeds of the law. Galatians has six chapters.

Galatians five says, For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Chapter six says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

What gives? Why are we called to fulfill the law by love and thus fulfill the law of Christ? I thought Christ took the law out of the way?

Christ’s love is on display in the Gospel. God demonstrated His love toward us that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. It is through the Gospel that we are freed from the bondage of the Law. The Law cannot justify. All the Law can do is condemn–it is the ministration of condemnation.

Christ didn’t just keep the law for you, nor did He just take the penalty of the law for you. Christ actually took the law away. He did all this by love, see because, love fulfills the law.

Believers no longer have a written in stone thing that condemns them, now they have the living person of Christ in them! The new heart! The new man! The–no longer I but Christ living in me!

We don’t have a list of virtues; we have Christ who lived those virtues! “The righteousness of God without the law is manifested” in Christ, who is now in us and we are in Him!

A person who believes that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and that He rose again believes the Gospel. At that point, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the believer. Old things are passed away, behold all things are new.

The Gospel isn’t just what Christ did for you. Christ did it for you, and then, by faith, you join Him in the Gospel. I was crucified with Christ, buried with Him and raised up to newness of life!

Too often we speak of the Gospel as passive observers who believe that this other guy did some stuff for me and it’s cool and stuff.

But no! The Gospel is a living reality the Believer takes part in. Romans 5 and 6. I now live the life of Christ and have the mind of Christ. What did Christ’s life do? He did the will of His Father. What will we do who are in Christ? The will of the Father.

Believers are no longer under Law because we are indwelt by the Spirit of the Lawgiver, graciously shed abroad in us, to comfort, intercede, guide and teach us.

Come on now!

Ya hearin’ me?

Don’t play games with this. This is life and peace!

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