|Posted by success1800 on November 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM|
The law is Holy and just but the law which included the Big 10 could never make us righteous or Holy before God. The law had one weakness and that weakness was us ! Our weak flesh could not keep the law.
Romans 8:3-4 NET
For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
To live according to the flesh is to continue to strive and measure up and to God through self effort and self determination but to live according to the spirit means to rest in His righteousness Which is righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus and the finished work of the cross. As we rest then we simply respond to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in out lives.. Again we are not led by rule books or how to books but by the spirit of grace that now abides in us.
Hebrews 7:19 KJV
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
The law is perfect but the law could never make anyone perfect but the bringing in of a better hope did make us perfect and that better hope is Jesus! Today we are not made perfect through our own self effort but we are made perfect by the blood of Jesus. Today through the new birth God has made us to be one with Christ so that everything He is we now have become and we are now complete in Him. The devil knows why the law was given so the devils ultimate deception was to take the law which is good , holy and perfect and use the law to keep much of the church bound in a vicious cycle of sin , self effort and condemnation.. He knows the only way for the church to be free from sin and condemnation is for the church to become dead to the law and alive to Christ, so he has kept them instead alive to the law which in turn renders Christ of no affect in their lives.
The law is good and the law is holy but the law was never , never , never given to justify us or make us righteous before God..
Today we need to understand that we are no longer under any of the old covenant law at all . Which includes the law written in stone that was called the ministry of death and condemnation but we are now under a brand new covenant established on better promises. In fact today we are to see ourselves dead to the law and married only to Christ.
Romans 7:4 NET
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God.
The fact is this , we will never bear real fruit unto God until we see ourselves fully dead to the law and joined to The Lord..
1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Today we are married to Christ and not the law.. To go back into a relationship with the law is to commit spiritual polygamy . We are not married to both the law and Christ . We are either married to one or the other but not both but to be married to Christ is far better then being married to the law. If we choose to go the law way then it is an all or nothing deal. We must keep all the law or be guilty of all the law
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
Paul use to be a law man until he met Christ and then Paul became a grace man! I believe the message translation does a great job in the book of Galatians of expressing the radical change that took place in the life of Paul when he finally came to all of His law ways and surrendered to grace .
Galatians 2:19-21 MSG
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
The Apostle basically said as far as the law goes, I've been there done that ! and I refuse to go back to the law . Paul was saying there is really only one way forward and it's called grace.. To go back to the law of self achievement for righteousness is to fall from grace. To turn back to the law is to go in the wrong direction and will always lead to a dead end street.
The apostle Paul said that he had to let go of his ego and choose to rest in the finished work of Jesus.
This actually reminded me of a silly waffle commercial where someone has a tight bull dog grip on their waffle saying let go of my ego! Whether we admit it or not our own ego is one of the main reasons that we do not want to rest in the finished work of the cross for righteousness. Our flesh often wants to receive glory for doing something to earn right standing with God, but it is very clear in scripture that no flesh will ever glory for what Christ has already accomplished for us and in us..
1 Corinthians 1:29-31 KJV
That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Religion often teaches that in order to be righteous and holy that we must dress a certain way, or do a certain amount of things in order to achieve holiness or righteousness before God but his is not what the scripture teaches. The Bible says that God made us to be wisdom, holy, righteous and redeemed through the cross and by baptizing us into Christ .. Again as we were joined to The Lord all that He is we became and this was an act of grace so that no flesh can ever glory or take credit for whatGod has accomplished for us in Christ..
When we get to heaven it will not be glory be to Jesus and me , it will only be glory be to the one who site on the throne! He alone is worthy of all praise!
We can never mix any of the law with grace.. This unholy mixture will always frustrate grace and make Christ of no affect in the life of the believer.. The Bible says that we are to be dead to the law and married to Christ.Romans 7:4. To mix law with grace will only frustrate grace from working in the heart and life of the believer.
Galatians 2:21 AMP
Therefore, I do not treat God's gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through observing the ritual of the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. His death was then wholly superfluous.
Now today there are those who often say that those who preach grace are against the law but this is far from the truth . We who preach the new covenant of grace are not against the law but we are for the law for the reason the law was given.. The law was given to bring is to an end of fleshly striving for justification and to point us to fully place our complete faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross.
Now because many do not understand grace and the function of grace they often bring the law back in after salvation by saying the law is not for salvation but the law is our moral compass. The law shows us how to live and what we are to do, but again what they fail to see is that we do not need external laws or rules for a moral compass , we don't even need the latest how to book for our moral compass or to show us how to live the Christian life.. Today we have a new way of living . This new way is called the grace way ! And grace is the spirit of Christ that now lives in us to change us and direct us from the inside out.. The new covenant is all about an inside out work . Those who are the sons of God are led by the spirit of God. Gods spirit and not the law is the new way we are to be led and to be transformed..
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The law and following external rules actually stunts spiritual growth.. This is why there is so much immaturity in the church today.. Many today are still trying to live the Christian life by the law of self effort instead of grace .