Commentary By: Gordon King
For the past couple of months I have had a sense of God which I have not yet been able to accurately put into words. The Holy Spirit has been convicting me and revealing this truth about God. This past week I have been seeing this with more clarity and understanding. I’m not sure if I can put what I have been sensing into words, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I will try.
It seems very simple, yet is often misunderstood, and as humans we can surely mess things up! And for so many years I was confused and believed many things, yet the truth was staring at me from the pages of scripture all that time!
What I am about to share with you is what I believe to be the truth about God, and you may disagree with me, you may believe something else, but this is what the Holy Spirit is telling me.
When we believe in Jesus Christ as God, when we make Him the Lord and Savior of our life, then we are saved for eternity, we have been given everlasting life! We have been given the Holy Spirit of God to live within us now and forever. God is with us, in us, in front of us, behind us, surrounding us, and within us! We share in the inheritance of our Savior, Jesus Christ! What is His is ours and what is ours is His. We have the power of Christ in us, the authority to perform great things. We have become new creations, priests and kings! We are worthy and sinless in the eyes of our Father in heaven, only by the blood of Jesus Christ!
These truths most of us already know, yet they are very important and we must remember them.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are no longer under the law, we are not bound by the law, we are not saved by the law, nor are we condemned by the law!
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.“
“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.“
We are not justified by the law, the law does not save us. Physical works and acts do not save us, nor do they justify us. Religion is just that, works, deeds, and actions performed for the justification of our soul. None of which will justify or sanctify us in Jesus Christ! It’s the Spirit of God which makes us perfect, which finds us worthy, and which continues to cleanse us of all unrighteousness, none of our religious acts and deeds can do this! No work, deed, or action can make us more righteous, holy, or pure, only God can do that!
“This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.“
The curse of the law was nailed to the cross with Christ. The Old Testament believers sought to fulfill the law in order to be justified, in order to be saved. Yet, they were unable to do so, and needed to seek the Lord, to have faith in God in order to be found righteous! The law is a curse, in that if you follow the law then you must live by the law, however, you will never be able to keep the law. Only those living by faith in God will be found righteous!
‘For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“
“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.“
Walking in the flesh is under the law, the workings of the flesh are condemned under the curse of the law. The Spirit is not under the law. Be led by the Spirit and you are not under the law.
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.“
It’s not about what we do or don’t do, it’s about God! It’s all about God, who He is, what He has done, and what He continues to do! It’s about love, the love of God in us and through us, for God is love.
This is what we are to do, love! Love each other, love the lost, the hurting, the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the suffering, and even our enemies. This is why we are here, this is the will of God, this is what truly matters in life, not religious practices. Love, encourage, buildup, live peaceably among all men. Share the truth of the gospel, shine a light into the darkness, expose the evil in the world and replace it with love!
When we become children of the Most High God of the universe, then we have God with us at all times! He is ever-present, all around us, and within us! This is the truth, this is what it’s all about. It’s about a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe! It’s about our belief, trust, and faith in God. That He can do all things, that He is in control, and that He will never leave or forsake us!
Everyone sins, yes even believers in Jesus Christ! Yet, there is a very important and significant difference between the saved and the unsaved. Sinners still have a price to pay for their sin debt, believers sin has been paid for by the blood of Jesus! Believers are washed clean, sinless, and found worthy in the eyes of our Father in heaven! We have been made as white as snow!
Perform the will of God in your life, and know that He is with you! Give Him thanks in and for all things, for all things were created and given by Him. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the word of God endures forever! The love of God is everlasting, never-ending, and surpasses all things!
And when we know all of these things to be the truth, then the truth shall set us free, free from the law, free from sin, and free to perform God’s will on earth as it is in heaven!
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!