Thursday, October 24, 2013

Are We Under The Law, Or Under Grace?

  But to him that ((worketh not)), but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Rom 4:5).

Are We Under The Law, Or Under Grace?

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace. (Romans 6:14)

The Bible layout a vigorous importance upon the subject, for example, the gospels are full of the conflict between the Religiosity of self righteous, and the Lord Jesus Christ – examining the contention within regards to the law versus, God's grace. Paul composes at least three of his epistles, emphasizing the comparison and contrast between, grace and the law. (Romans, Galatians, and Colossians). Additionally, we discover it cropping up in one form or fashion in virtually every book of the New Testament. Without a shadow of a doubt, this subject cannot be neglected. To blow this essential distinction off would, be to misunderstand the very foundation of Christianity: The grace of God in Jesus Christ. In getting to the veracity of law vs. grace, we must examine two central queries. First: Are we "under law" or "under grace?"

For all intents and purposes the answer to the initial question isn’t complicated. We are "under grace." Romans 6:14.
While the secondary part of the question isn’t as easy, it is still reasonably understandable: Within regards to the terms, "under law," and "under grace," what does it really mean?

Misinterpreting the law can mean a life of constant bondage, blatant deception and continual condemnation among God's people. Let's begin by examining how the Bible uses the term "under the law."

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says it to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole 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. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference. (Romans 3:19-22)

Let’s stretch our brakes, and pause right here for a moment

Take note of the opening sentence. It reads, "Whatever the law says, it is saying
it to -- WHO? "To those who are UNDER THE LAW." Notice: Whatever the law is saying -- it is saying it to those "under the law." This tells us what the term "under the law" means: If I am "under the law," the law is speaking to us. Or to put it in reverse: If the law is speaking to me, I am "under the law." I am listening to it and allowing it to rule my existence – life.
But, what is the law saying to those who are "under the law?" It is explaining different between that which is pious and what is wicked. It is commanding that we DO the good and refuse what’s detestable to God. Then it is judging our works to see whether we have perfectly obeyed it. If we haven't -- and we can't -- the law tells us we are condemned to demise.
That is what the law says to those who are "under the law." It also sounds quite a lot like the life of many Christians. Many
Christians look to the law to tell them what to do and not do.
They conceive that that by not obeying the law they will be judged -- even condemned. For some, the law is the only voice they hear. What is wrong with that? Isn't the law holy, just, and good?
Sure it is. But that is precisely why if you fully function under the law it will condemn you. Avoiding the end of life verdict from a Holy isn’t an option; guilty according to God's law!

But God has something better for us.

He has ever so kindly placed us under His perfect grace. He has put us where the condemning voice of the law has no freedom over those who are truly, truly in Christ.

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: Rom 8:5

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

Notice how clear this Truth becomes once we put our two scriptures together:

Paul said: "Whatever the law says, it says it to those under the law." He also said: "But you are not under law, but under grace," If the law is speaking to those "under the law," and God tells us we are NOT "under the law" -- but "under grace" -- then the law cannot be speaking to US. There is simply no other conclusion possible.

(Next Blog: Living Under the Commandments of Christ. And, Is It Double Talk To Say We Are Not Under The Law, But Must Follow Christ Commandments)?

J. Cyr,M.Th


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