"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." -Romans 7:6 KJV
It is increasingly more and more interesting to me that there are many believers who say they believe the scripture and take it at face value. However, when it comes to dividing the scripture correctly the concept of The Old and The New Covenant does not make sense to them. If we were to take the Bible seriously and seek to understand it for what it says we must take the above verse at face value and understand it in context.
Believers are freed from the law. We have been released. We were inserted into the death and resurrection of Christ. Because of this, we have been transformed, and we have also dropped a few things through the death of our old self. The Law of Moses with its principles and standards is one of those things. We are justified by faith apart from the works of the law (Romans 3:28). The righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested through our faith in Jesus (Romans 3:21). Our righteousness has nothing to do with The Law. He is in us, and we are in Him (Colossians 3:1-4). His nature is our nature as believers (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I do not need The Law, guidelines and rules to govern me like the unbelieving world (Colossians 2:16-23). It cannot restrain the flesh, nor can it cause the sinful passions of the flesh to subside. These are the elementary principles that guide those who are lost, but as someone who has been born again I do not need them. I have Jesus and I can express him moment to moment and in every situation. There is no principle or rule that can give you something better than the indwelling Christ who has changed you. It is my prayer that as you read this, you begin to understand that you are the righteousness of God in Christ .
Jesus has released us from the demands of The Law. He has delivered us from them for the simple fact that The Law holds us captive with its impossible standards and condemns us indefinitely.
"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." Romans 7:6 KJV
The Law is good, but when we try to dwell in it and meet the perfect and upright demands of The Law we will find that it is not speaking to us, and if it were it would deny you.
Thankfully, as believers we are not under the law. We are subject to the grace of God because of Jesus. You are not accepted based upon your adherence to rules, laws or standards. you are accepted and have every blessing from God because of Jesus. (Eph. 1:3-6)
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:19-20 KJV)
A Dead Marriage
Believers are dead to the law, and married to the risen Christ.
"For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. ...Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." Romans 7:2, 4 KJV
This is obviously a very powerful passage of scripture and there are several points being made here that are worthy of note.
The first point being made is that we are married for as long as we are alive, but when we die, the marriage has come to an end. So, as unbelievers or as those who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of our flesh we were bound to The Law.
When we believe The Gospel our identity is changed in the fact that we are dead and we are resurrected with Christ. Now we are dead to the law and married to Jesus. Don't cheat on Jesus by flirting with Moses.
The second powerful point is that we are not necessarily connected to Jesus as He was here on earth. Jesus was made under the law, that through His death He might redeem them that were under the law. In the above verse, Paul makes a subtle distinction between Jesus of Nazareth and the risen Christ. Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and when He taught, his teaching was mostly using The Law and the prophets to show the people who He was and what He was going to do. He then accomplished the work and offers redemption from the curse of the law through faith in Him.
"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." Galatians 4:3-6 KJV
We do not flip through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John asking, "What would Jesus do?". Instead, we ask ourselves what is Jesus doing in me right now? He is moving, and working through you today. Look to the life within you and see how He would act moment to moment. Trust Him with the your decisions and your outcomes through who He is within you. Certainly He will use some of the principles in the scripture, but the key point of reference is the fact that you are His righteousness and you are right with God. This gives immense freedom that allows us to express Jesus in everything!
Parented not Governed, or Supervised
“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:23-27
The relationship of the believer to The Law is the same relationship that Christ has to The Law. Jesus does not answer to The Law, and neither do we. Jesus answers only to the Godhead, and we are one with the trinity through Christ (John 17:11).
The law served as a temporary governmental system for Israel until the time was right. Pointed them towards the image of who would come to fulfill all things concerning their reconciliation to God. Jesus then comes, and fulfills The Old and thus begins The New. The implication of The New Covenant is the first is old and obsolete, and the New is better! (Hebrews 8:13)
Now we are sons and daughters. Heirs of all things because we are in Christ. We do not look to the shadow of The Law. We have the very person of Christ, who is God Himself. He lives in us and through us guiding us from he core of our being. We can be ourselves and express Jesus at the same time. Since we have been immerse in Christ, we have put on Christ, and put off the old man with His deeds. We can walk according to this invitation and calling from God by trusting Jesus and being ourselves. This is something no-one enjoyed under the first covenant.
"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." (Galatians 3:19 KJV)
As we have just established, The Law was a temporary fixture until Jesus would come. Our relationship is not with The Law of Moses, but with Jesus Himself.
There is a very beautiful truth attached to this relationship. We are as righteous as Jesus, and we are not condemned by The Law. We are not held to The Law, and we are not being viewed by God in light of The Law. We were born again with the desires of God written on our hearts, and a nature that pleases God through the Spirit. As He is, so also are we in this world. (I John 4:17). He is enough; Through Him, not The Law, we are now qualified and adequate.
Jesus' purpose was not to condemn the world. The transgression of Adam already did that and condemnation was passed to all men through his big blunder in the garden. Jesus' purpose was that the world through Him might be saved.
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ...He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:17-18 KJV)
Because we are in Christ, we walk after the Spirit. We are in the Spirit and our default setting is righteousness (Romans 6:17-19). We no longer receive condemnation from God, but we are free from the guilt and condemnation that we were once bound by because of The Law of sin and death.
"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. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Romans 8:1-3 KJV
The End of The Law
One of my favorite verses when it comes to the subject of our relationship to The Law is the verse in Romans chapter ten where Paul is explaining the all-or-nothing proposition of The Law of Moses. Here is the passage for context:
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Romans 10:1-5 KJV
There is no buffet line when it comes to The Law of Moses. One cannot simply come and go as they please and pick and choose which laws they find appealing and which laws they don’t. The person who is going to find their righteousness and justification before God or man will have to do them all and completely obey them 100% of the time. God has stated over and over how impossible this task truly is, and many of Jesus parables seek to make this very point (including the sermon on the mount).
Our righteousness is not found in trying to keep the law. Jesus Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes!
Rest in the righteousness you are in Christ and enjoy your freedom from The Law! It truly is amazing! (Galatians 5:1-4)