Not under the Law!

The Law

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! 

Galatians 2:16

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.

Galatians 2:19-21

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!

Galatians 3:2-6

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? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  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?— 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!

Galatians 3:10-14

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.

Galatians 3:19-25

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.

Galatians 5:16-18

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!

Galatians 5:1-6

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

 

Accept Jesus Christ now as your personal Lord and Savior!

 

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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10 comments

  1. Ethin

    The law consisted of about 613 laws which were made up of 3 different catagories:
    covenants and ordinances
    sacrificial and priestly laws
    the 10 commandments
    The temple society in Israel has everything ready to build the next temple as soon as they can get control of the temple mount, at that time and they will be the reinstitution of the sacrificial and priestly laws.
    All the covenants and ordinances were given by the God of Israel for life, health, family, society and national blessings and peace. Such as “A man shall not lie in bed with another man as with a woman” (no homosexuality) or “A woman shall not stand before an animal to have sex with it.” (no beastiality) or “A man shall not lie with his neighbor’s wife” (no adultery” I will argue that the whole world is under these moral laws but refuse to acknowledge or them. homosexuality, beastiality, and adultery are all moral laws given by God that are in effect to everyone at all times because each one requires a penality when broken, it they were not in effect then there would be no repercussions for engaging in them.
    In the same way is the thief who is serving time in prison for stealing because the 8th. commandment says “thou shall not steal.” There is no liberty under this law, it’s all punishment.
    No one can be truly converted and break the 1st. commandment; “thou shall have no other God before you.” If someone says he is saved by the blood of the Lamb and the grace of God and yet worships another God he is not saved, because like it or not in order to be saved a person must “have no other gods before them” they are under that law.
    There are professing Christians who attempt to cover their drinking alcohol, smoking, chewing, womanizing and cussing by proclaiming their liberty in Christ, because they are no longer under that darn “ole law” they are deceived.
    Children are disobedient to their parents and law-less because people started telling the generation of the 60s that the 10 commandments had been done away with. At no time in American history had this been a thought about the 10 commandments.
    The city of Detroit Michigan where whole communities have been destroyed by law-lessness are proof that we are under the law either for good if obeyed or for destruction if disobeyed.

    The new church logo in America is “come on in, no laws taught here, do your own thing, none of them old laws to hang around your neck here, you are free to lie, commit adultery, kill, and steal” “we understand your humanity, you are a sinner bound to sin.” Everyone is saved just by believing but no obedience. This kind of church philosophy is post 1960, was not in the church before.
    Ethin

  2. Ethin

    If we were not under the penality of the civil law then we could drive 90 miles per hour in a 30 mile speed zone because there would be no breaking the law regardless of what the sign says. If we were not under penality of the moral law then we could steal, rape, and pillage without no consequences.

    The Apostle Paul never said anywhere that we can be commandment breakers, lawless, heathens, living in sin and then just receive God’s grace and believe in Jesus and then just keep going your merry way living like there are no laws or commandments to abide by. This is the doctrine leading to false conversions by the millions. I believe this is why over 50% of so called Christian marriages end in divorce. Too many Christians are carnal lawbreakers or the divorce rate wouldn’t be so high.

    The worse message this generation could ever hear is that we are not under the law. There are spiritual laws which when one breaks then there will be spiritual death. Just like the law of gravity which everyone is under will kill you if the law is broken by jumping off a tall building.

    I am amazed at how everything in our life is governed by laws and when they are broken then we come under the penality of those laws. Take for instance marriage, child rearing, proper diet, alcohol use, financial responsibilities. All these are vital to abide by for a good healthy life. Yet when it comes to Religion and law and even the word religion has become a dirty word.

    Faith is a biblical law because it must be employed to believe in Christ.
    Grace is a biblical law because it must be employed by God and received as a gift to be saved.
    Salvation is a biblical law because it is the requirement for eternal life.
    Every human being who is alive comes under the law of these three, either they will submit to obey to eternal life or dis-obey to eternal death.

    Paul said the 1 Cor. 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.
    Paul could not say this unless there was a law against these acts. Or if we are not under the law then his statement is an oxymoron. Paul puts these acts under the law, there is a law governing who will or will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    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.
    Romans 3:31 – Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.
    1John 3:4 – Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    Romans 7: 7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[b] 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the LAW IS HOLY, and the COMMANDMENT is holy, RIGHTEOUS AND GOOD.

    Thanks for letting me share, God bless
    Ethin

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comments Ethin!

      I am not saying that we do not have to follow any laws, or that we are free from the consequences of breaking the law. I never said that. We reap what we sow! Of course we have laws to follow, you are missing my point, and I believe the point the apostle Paul was trying to tell us. We are not “condemned” under the law! We have been set free of this condemnation, we are worthy to be saved and called children of God by faith alone! This is not a law, but something we do in our hearts, mind, and soul, a belief.

      I do not believe faith or the grace of God is the law, faith is our belief and how it leads us, grace is something given to us which we do not deserve.

      Does this mean that if are living a sinful lifestyle without repenting, then say we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that He will? I believe not, we haven’t had a change of heart, we have not repented of our sins. And just because we are not condemned under the law as believers in Jesus Christ, does not mean that we should not obey and abide by the laws of God! Of course we should, I never said that we shouldn’t.

      Being a Christian is following God and all of His beliefs, this includes moral law. It is not in the will of God for us to sin, on the contrary! Sin is evil, wicked, and ungodly.

      You seem to think that I am saying that if we believe in Jesus then we can just do whatever it is that we want to without any consequences. I never said that nor do I believe it.

      God bless Ethin! Maranatha!

  3. SweetJava

    My brother in Christ, we are not under the ‘law of Moses’, this is the law that was abolished at the cross.

    Eph. 2:15,16 “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
    We are no longer bound by “the law of sin offerings’, the ordinances of Moses; the burnt offerings, the grain offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, offerings with restitution as described in Leviticus.
    Lev. 7:37 “This is the law of burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, the consecrations, and the sacrifice of the peace offering, which the Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day when He commanded the children of Israel to offer their offerings to the Lord in the Wilderness of Sinai.” All of which consist of sacrificing an animal for the remissions of sin (see Lev.14:19). In the Old Testament it tells us sin was to be forgiven by offering a clean and blemish free animal at the alter. This is what was abolished at the cross, Jesus Christ took upon Himself our sins and become our sacrificial lamb.

    ?What is sin? How do we know we sin?
    1John 3:4 tells us “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Sin is the transgression of the law. The law of God is His commandments. The law tells us we have committed lawlessness and condemns us, thereby needing Jesus to cleans us, and forgive us. He came not to abolish the law.
    We are saved by the blood of Jesus — but this does not free us to commit or continue in transgressing God’s beloved law, to love Him first and one another. We must beseech God to take away our iniquities, how do we know we’ve committed a transgression..?.. by the law He has established with His own hands.
    Gal.2:16 confirms we are justified by Jesus’ blood through faith in Him not the works of the law by any man made sacrifices.

    1 Cor.15:56 “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin IS the law.”

    It’s the offerings, the Book of Moses that’s been eradicated, not the Commandments God Himself wrote on two tablets of stone (found in the Ark of the covenant), which tell us what sin is. The sin offerings were no longer adhere to by faith but by duty, dead actions, ‘do this and everything will be forgiven’ attitude not a true repentance; it became a ritual.

    Sin is the separation of God. He is holy and just and abhors any defilement of self, to self, to man and especially to Him. Righteousness comes from Jesus not the law, the law is there to show us to do the right thing, not that we’ll be save by it. Jesus is the only one who saves and through Him we are presented in white garments to the Father.

    I agree only Jesus justifies us when we abide in Him. I agree the law, act, deed or works on their own cannot save us we must have the Spirit of God in us to give us His strength, His power to overcome our transgressions. We cannot do it by ourselves. Jesus is our refuge. 1 Sam.12:24 “Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”

    If you walk in the Spirit of God then the law (His commandments) is written in your heart already. And what are they: the first four are of God – have no gods except the Almighty, make no craven image from above or below or pay homage to them, not take His name in vain, and to remember His Sabbath. The last six is for fellowman: Thou shalt honor your father and mother, thou shalt not kill, commit adultery/or any immortal sin on self, not steal, bear false witnesses/lie, or covet. God’s moral code of conduct is already sealed in one’s heart when we choose to follow Him.

    When we abide in the Lord the Spirit of love comes through, I agree with you. And how do we know the love of God, Jesus came to show us the Father and he strengthen His laws not abolished them.
    Jesus Himself fulfills the law,
    Matt.5:17-19 “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did NOT come to destroy but fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus continues and elaborates on them in Matthew 5:20 – chapters 6 and 7.
    Again the law in itself does not save us, only faith in Christ does. He came to show us the way that with Him, through Him we have His will power, His strength to overcome our tendencies to sin. And when we err, confession with sincere repentance He forgives us. The key is to have a personal relationship with Him at all times and thereby not want to offend.
    Free from the law that condemns us, not that we shouldn’t obey them. Free to perform God’s will, love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus told us these were the greatest of all. These two principals in compasses all of the commandments. Not under the law of Moses’ but Jesus.

    Sin is the transgression of God’s divine law. Faith strengthen our resolve not to commit the injustices God has laid out. We are saved by GRACE freely given, not by any works or deeds on our own. For the commandments are written in our hearts to love as He has loved us first.
    God bless us all. Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      I agree with what you are saying SweetJava. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we know what is right and what is wrong, we know what we should do and not do.

      I don’t believe that I was able to accurately express my thoughts, like I said this at the beginning of the post.

      I am directing this comment to all believers, whatever we believe or don’t believe, let us all encourage one another with God’s word, if not then are we any better then the sects of Islam?

      I don’t fear man, however I am greatly discouraged by the division of the church.

      The main point that I would like to get across is LOVE! Love covers a multitude of sins, it brings the skeptic to the truth, and it heals wounds. Love is powerful. God is LOVE! Let us love each other, even when we don’t feel like it, myself included.

      God bless!

      • SweetJava

        I whole heartily agree, where love is so is Our Lord among us… Amen! God bless you richly, my friend.
        “My son, do not forget my law,
        But let your heart keep my commands;
        For length of days and long life
        And peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1,2

  4. Ethin

    Brother Gordon, I take your words to mean everything that you intended them to mean. I appreciate and understand all that you write. Keeping law can never save us, got that! Jesus kept the law perfectly and His perfect righteousness is imputed to us when we place our faith in Him, got that!
    However, everything I write is my view and apologetic on the subject, this is the way I see the subject.
    The churches and this generation are mortally weakened spiritually since the 1960’s. Before then we heard a lot about the law and 10 commandments and now they are gone and I believe we have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind of the consequences in our law-less country by removing the 10 commandments and not preaching them. For God’s sake they are spelled out clearly two places in the bible and no body will get near them and they are needed now more than ever. If nothing else they are teachable laws which we are under if we don’t obey them. If there is ever spiritual revival in this country, then somebody is going to get back to some law obeying. Every revival that has happened has proved this to be true.

    Bro. Ethin

    • Gordon King

      I agree with you Ethin! We are to obey God’s laws, and the laws of our government, I agree. If not then we are sinning. I also believe that we cannot truly accept Christ as our Savior if continue to live in a sinful lifestyle, we need a change of heart and mind.

      The world is headed in the wrong direction, it creates laws which go against God’s laws and principles. This is a tragedy, and God will not be mocked! I also believe that the world, including America, is headed for judgment.

      I believe that we are to follow the Ten Commandments, but I also believe that they are written on ours hearts once we are saved. So we have no excuse!

      God Bless!

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