The Law of Christ

“Where morning dawns and evening fades, He calls forth songs of joy,”

Having been released from the Law, Jewish and non-Jewish Christians no longer need to try to adhere to the Law. The Law was given to bring awareness to sin, as Paul said, “I would not have known sin except for the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet,’ ”

Romans 7:4-6

4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:12-14,

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh –

13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

All true Christians are freed from keeping the Law. We are now under the perfect law of liberty, James 1:25

25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

This is because those who genuinely follow Christ walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The Holy Spirit is the One who tells us not to hold grudges, not to steal, not to use foul language, to slow down if we are about to exceed the speed limit, etc. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. And all who are led by the Spirit of God just naturally keep the law because the Spirit of God does not lead them into temptation but delivers them from evil.

Romans 13:8-10,

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law

9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.

Galatians 6:2,

2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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