Are believers still under the law? The answer is NO. But many believers are still very much unaware of this.
The first Christians were Jews, they were not called Christians not until the Ascension of Jesus. (They were first called Christians in Antioch) but the Jews predominated the church. The Jews did not abandon the law Moses handed to their ancestors, they held tenaciously to them.
In Acts chapter 10, the issue of Christians being under the law began to surface.
The mosaic law was given to Moses as a mediator through an angel, we can see that in Galatians 3:10. The first law given to Moses was the ten( Exodus 19) commandments, which Moses broke when he came down from the mountain. He went ahead to write his own law which was six hundred and twelve in number(612). The law existed for four hundred and thirty years (430) Galatians 3:17, but none of the Jews were able to keep any of the law, because they lived by the law, they continually lived in sin and the wages of sin is death.
God allowed Moses to write these laws because of the transgressions of the Jews. It wasn’t His perfect will for his people but rather his permissive will.
What was the Purpose of the law?
Apostle Paul said to church in Galatians 3:19 ” Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come( Jesus Christ was the seed spoken of, the promise of grace that was to come) to whom the promise was made: and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator ( Moses).
The law is meant for sinful people. Galatians 3:10. It’s aim was to guide them so they don’t go astray until the seed that was promised come. The seed came, which is Jesus and the law gave way, Vs 11: But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for, The just shall live by faith”
As Christians and as believers we are saved by grace through faith, and not of yourselves. It is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8. We are not transgressors. If we have been saved by faith, then we must know that the law is not of faith. Any man that doeth them shall live in them. The law is wicked and dangerous, it enslaves people when Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.
Before faith came, we were kept under the law, Galatians 3:32, we were shut up from knowing the faith which was afterwards to be revealed. We are all children of God by faith and not by the law. The law makes us timid, scared, slaves, and Wanderers. God wants us to come into his presence with boldness and not with fear,* Hebrews 4:16*.
If the law could give life, then our righteousness will be by the law Galatians 3:21
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus Galatians 3: 28. If we are all one in Christ then why are we separating ourselves in the church? Why are our Religious leaders more keen on people keeping laws than living freely in grace? Why are there so many church doctrines? The Jews never kept any of these laws, why then do we think we can keep these so called church doctrines? Why are still enslaving ourselves? Why are we still keeping the mosaic laws?
The laws are taken over our salvation that came freely when Jesus Christ died.
Jesus single-handedly died for us, even while we were yet in sin, Romans 5:8 He didn’t ask us for anything before he took that long and shameful walk to Golgotha, so how then do we now attach conditions to our salvation? Why are we demanding so much from ourselves to be saved? Why so many thou shalt not do this and thou shalt not do that in the body of Christ?
Sin should no longer be our master, for we are no longer under the law but under grace. Should we then negate the 10 commandments? NO. We need the grace of God to be able to keep them. Not of works lest any man should boast.* Ephesians 2:9*
It is not of he that willeth nor of he that runneth, but of the Lord that showeth mercy. Romans 9:16. Let him that thinketh he stands take heed, lest he falls.* 1 Corinthians 10:12*. If it’s by our righteousness, believe me we can’t keep any of the commandments of God. The spirit is always willing but the flesh, is ever weak.
The function of the Law:
The law demonstrated that the violation of divine law separates the perpetrator from God (Isaiah. 59:1-2).
The law declared that written law is needed to define sin (Romans. 7:7).
The law showed, by recorded precedent, that sacred justice requires that a penalty be paid for law-breaking (Romans. 3:26; 1 Cor. 10:5).
The law guided man until the seed of promise comes and if man walks outside the law, punishment followed.
The Function of Grace:
Grace exhibited the redemptive mission of Christ as the only remedy for the human sin and transgressions (Mt. 26:28; 1 Cor. 15:3). The wonderful plan of salvation is the result of Heaven’s grace (Ephesians. 2:8-9), not of works
Despite the existence of the law in the old testament ( the old testament was a time and shadow of things to come) there was still abundance of grace. Moses found favour in the sight of God, while the Jews walked in the law.* Exodus 33:13* Noah found “grace” in the eyes of the Lord long before the Mosaic law was written (Gen. 6:8), but it was not the modern type of grace that allows disobedience (Gen 6:22; Heb. 11:7).
Grace has always existed, it became evident through the coming, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let the peace of God that passeth all understanding, guard our hearts.
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
We are not under the law, but under grace. Search the scriptures for in them is life. Stop relying on the laws and start relying on grace.
Your salvation came free but it sure wasn’t cheap. Stop devaluing it.
The law demands and grace supplies.