Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? Gal 4:21
I have written several Bible studies evidencing that Christians are not under the dominion of the Old Testament law, the law of Moses, including the 10 Commandments. In other words, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, just as Jesus states in John 3:18 and Paul states in Rom 8:1.
For those who may object to the claim that believers are no longer under the law, the following may come to mind.
By saying we are no longer under the law, aren’t you giving people license to sin?
Let’s examine Paul’s primary answer when his detractors offered the same objection to his message of radical grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Rom 6:15 NASB
Paul is clearly contrasting two different positions, under the law and under grace. He is also clearly stating that believers are under grace and not under the law.
In Romans 6:15 and other places, Paul is basically saying; shall we sin because we can get away with it since under grace it cannot be held against us?Or, shall we sin because we are not under the law where sin is not counted/imputed?
His words further support his statement in Rom 5:13 …but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Rom 5:13b NASB?
Imputed is an accounting term which means to charge to or to put to one’s account. You see, under the law, sin can be imputed to a person. However, since God is a just judge, where there is no law sin cannot be imputed. Think of speeding down a highway with no speed limit. If there is no law for you to violate, the law cannot arrest, judge, condemn and kill you.
Sins power to judge and condemn, just like a judge's power, comes from the law.
the power of sin is the law; 1 Cor 15:56b NASB
Apart from the law neither a judge or sin have any authority or power to condemn.
for apart from the Law sin is dead. Rom 7:8b NASB
This is why sin no longer has dominion (the power to arrest, judge, condemn and kill) over a believer.
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. Rom 7:6 NASBJesus is the truth (John 14:6) and the truth has set us free.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Rom 8:2 NASB
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 ESV
So does this mean we should sin? Of course not.
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Cor 6:12 NASB
What it does mean is that we do not need to fear breaking the law in thought, word or deed and coming under condemnation from God. Our salvation has zero to do with us and everything to do with Jesus perfect sacrifice for us.
The purpose of the law is to protect us from each other’s fallen nature and to reveal to unbelievers their need for a Savior period.Knowing this truth sets you free to do God's work of reconciling unbelievers to God. You no longer need to be careful, fearing you will come under condemnation from God. Learn more about a believer's relationship to the law. Christians Have Diplomatic Immunity
If you believe God and have placed your faith in Christ, you are righteous solely because of what Jesus has done for you. You are the righteous person in the 1 Tim 1:8-9 and the law is not made for you.
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane… 1 Tim 1:8-9a NASBOnly Way to be Righteous,
You are not considered as lawless, ungodly or a sinner once God has cleansed you. God Said a Believer Can Never be Considered Unholy
You are holy, righteous and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Sanctified or Not?
Stop doubting Jesus ability to perfect you. Questioning Another's Salvation, Creates Doubt, Does Satans Work
I accept that in Christ I am:
Greatly loved by God - Ephesians 2:4 - Forgiven of all my sins - Ephesians 1:7
Free from the law of sin and death - Romans 8:2 - Righteous - Rom 5:19
Complete - Colossians 2:10 NASB - Justified - 1 Corinthians 6:11
Sanctified - Hebrews 10:10 NASB - Holy and without blame - Ephesians 1:4
Perfected - Hebrews 10:14 NASB
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