— Romans 8:1-2
‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death’—
To whom is there no condemnation? To those who are (GENUINELY) IN Christ Jesus, who DO NOT walk after the flesh. What does it mean to walk after the flesh? To willfully sin, and to think there is no problem with sin! So why would it be a problem to continue living in sin?
— Romans 8:7 …..’Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.’ —
So if we continue to be “carnally minded”, then we will be at war with the Spirit of God, because we are not subjecting ourselves to the law of God, the ten commandments. And what does it mean to continue to be carnally minded?
— Romans 8:6 …..’For to be carnally minded is death.’—
“If we take in the WHOLE council of the New Testament, it clearly teaches us that being under grace actually demands MORE of us.”
Think about it this way; Say you were found guilty of murdering someone, and the law of the land sentenced you to death. Can you “work” your way to freedom? No, because you are under the law and it demands your life. The only way you can be free, is if a judge has compassion on you and pardons you. Let’s say that happens; A judge comes along and pardons you. You are now under grace and no longer under the law, which demanded your life. You are free!! Now, do you leave thinking, “I’m free!! I found grace with the judge, I’m free to go and commit more crimes, because I’m now under grace, not under the law!” Of course not. Any person with an ounce of gratitude would now go and KEEP the law the best they could. And anyway, does the law of the land now become void because you found grace from the judge? No, the law still stands. Do you see this truth with regards to being under grace, not under law?
But what is the truth about being under grace and not under the law? Those professing Christians who claim that we no longer need to keep the law of God, ie, the ten commandments, often quote certain verses from the apostle Paul. One of the most popular verses being in:
— Romans 6:14 ‘For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.’—
The problem is that the majority of Christians stop right there and ignore the very next verse which says:
— ‘What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.’ —
Paul could not be any clearer. Does being under grace give us a license to carry on in sin? GOD FORBID!! Does being under grace mean we can now commit idolatry, adultery, covet, steal, lie, murder? Of course not! Therefore the Bible ten commandments must still be binding upon every living being. Just think for a moment about the cost of sin. Think about what Christ Jesus went through for you because of your sin. Paul confirmed in the strongest language he could say, that being under grace DOES NOT give us license to carry on living a sinful life and ignore the law of God. So what does this mean? Well, if being under grace does not give us license to sin, then it means that we must NOT sin, and therefore KEEP the ten commandments, the divine law of God. Do you see that? We are either allowed to carry on sinning under grace, or we are not. And Paul confirms that we are NOT allowed to carry on in sin under grace.
SO DID JESUS COME TO ABOLISH THE LAW?
—Matthew 5:17 ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.’
So Jesus confirms Himself that His job wasn’t to come and abolish the law, but to fulfill. “Oh but He did fulfill the law, so we don’t need to keep it.” Do you ever hear Christians saying this? Do you think it yourself? Jesus fulfilled the law, so we don’t have to keep it? Have you ever wondered what that word “fulfill” actually means? If you look at the original greek word for fulfill, it actually means to “fill to the top” or to “cause to abound”. In other words, to bring full meaning to the law, or to exhalt it!
The prophet Isaiah pointed to this in:
— Isaiah 42:21 …..’The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.’
JESUS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.
PEACE AND BLESSING!