To live "under the law" is to live under the
expectation of fulfilling God's moral standards
through one's own human ability. However, rather than
experiencing the joy of a clean conscience, we
sometimes feel enslaved to legalism and guilt.
The problem is not with God's moral standards but with
the sinful nature of humanity.
James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is
drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when
lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Therefore one is to walk by means of the Spirit,
(which is eternal) and not walk by means of the flesh
(which is death).
Both are systems that are complete in themselves. To
understand one is to also understand the other.
If one chooses to walk by the Spirit, then of
necessity one has to avoid walking in the flesh.
To walk in this case means to organize one’s life
around one of these governing principles.
For instance, for walking by means of the Spirit, the
governing principle is the ministry of the Spirit of
God in one’s life. To walk by the flesh is to succumb
to the moods and appetites of the flesh.
When that is done, the flesh will produce very
predictable habits or works.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness,
revelling, and such like: of the which I tell you
before, as I have also told you in time past, that
they which do such things shall not inherit the
kingdom of God.
Likewise walking by means of the spirit will produce
these predictable habits of works.
Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no
Jesus was the only man who ever lived that never
committed a single sin, and that's why He was the
perfect candidate to die for our sins.
Romans 8:3-4 "For what the law could not do in that it
was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of
sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous
requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do
not walk according to the flesh but according to the
Salvation depends on the mercy of God, not on merits
from good deeds or sacrifice of people. We don't earn
salvation like a diploma, that's a free gift.
But God allows His people to be tempted . His purpose
is not to intimidate us or trick us into "wrong
decisions". Instead, He intends to strengthen us, and
teach us to depend on His counsel and guidance.
John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life."
Because of Christ, we know that obedience to God
includes trusting in the cross of Christ for
salvation. Those who reject this provision are
choosing eternal death.
That's why it is extremely important that you accept
Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
Just think, if you accept Jesus as your Lord and
Savior, God is so merciful that He will easily forgive
you of your sins, because Jesus took the punishment
that we deserved when He was on the cross.
That's what it means when people say "He died for us".
All we have to do is sincerely and meaningfully
confess our sins to God, repent and ask for
Romans 3:23. "For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God."
With exception to our Lord Jesus Christ who is also
the son of God and man.
David Hopkins is a "Christian Article Writer" who
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God in everything that they do, so they don't miss
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