Law

(Romans 3:31) “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

(Romans 8:4) “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

This refers to the moral law, not the sacrificial law. The sacrifice of Christ fulfilled the requirement of both the moral and sacrificial law, empowering us to fulfill the moral law. But trying to fulfill the sacrificial law would imply one does not believe and accept Christ’s one and only sacrifice for sin.

As well, trying to keep the moral law in an effort to obtain forgiveness is also a refusal to accept Christ’s one and only sacrifice for sin.

It’s quite simple, sin is the breaking of the moral law, and where there is forgiveness of sin there is power over sin, and power over sin is power to fulfill the moral law.
The text says that by the Spirit we walk in righteousness, so the Spirit always causes us to keep the moral law, and love is the fulfillment of the moral law.

People who purposely break the moral law are not led by the Holy Spirit, they are resisting Him, grieving and quenching Him. The love of God is not ruling their hearts.

The text speaks of “fulfilling” and “establishing” the moral law, not being “under” the moral law, as there is a big difference. If you were still “under” the moral law you would be condemned as a law breaker.

Now, as a free man, you are not “under” the moral law, but you don’t cast it away either, you fulfill and establish the moral law by the Spirit, by faith.

Therefore, the person who believes that because they are no longer under the moral law they are not obligated to keep it could have no relationship or connection to the real Holy Spirit, as the text says He always causes us to fulfill the moral law.

(Sabbath days, feasts, clothing, food, etc were all fulfilled by Christ’s sacrifice, they are not in the moral law)

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5 Responses to “Law”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    We take it in practical terms, for example, lying is breaking the moral law. Now, you are no longer under the law, but do you have a new found liberty to lie, as, after all, the law has been fulfilled? Do you experience a glorious freedom when you lie, thanking God you are not under the law? Not at all. The Spirit abiding in you upholds the moral law, helps you stop lying (and everything else) and makes you even more sensitive to it than when you were under the law.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Someone writes, “We are not under the ten commandments”.

    My reply: We are not under their condemnation, but these moral laws have been engraved into our hearts and minds, God said.

    Once the conscience is cleansed by the blood of Jesus from all the sin, the breaking of God’s moral law, then we are no longer “under” the law. Neither are we above the law, but the law is now written in us. The moral law simply reflects what God is like. He is like that. Of course, the sacrificial law also reflected God’s nature, and it was fulfilled in the death of His Son. Our debt to God for breaking the moral law has also been fulfilled in the death of His Son.

    See how Liberals twist the words of God to make perversions acceptable, as they are no longer “under the law”?

  3. ian vincent Says:

    I was very careful not to use the phrase “keeping the
    law”, but sticking to the text, “fulfilling the law”, and
    “establishing the law”, as there is a big difference.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    let me clarify a little more:

    A lot of it hinges on what we mean by the “moral law”. I would take
    it to mean everything the Lord Jesus commanded, as well as His
    commands via the Apostles, recorded in the NT.

    That is, everything the Lord taught is moral in nature, as distinct
    from philosophical, the moral dimension meaning they are things
    concerning our conduct, and every matter of faith is a matter of
    conduct or moral character.

    So, therefore, the references Paul made to being “dead to the law”
    and no longer “under the law” are distinct from his references that
    we “fulfill the law” by the Spirit.

    Love changes the way we handle the moral law, no longer in a legal sense, no longer in a mechanical or sense of duty sense, but
    motivated by love and the glory of God.

    So, i think it’s right to still refer to the existence of the moral
    law, we just need to be accurate in the way we refer to it.

    This particular post was a response to endless twisting of the subject i see on Facebook.

  5. ian vincent Says:

    It’s the difference between “earning righteousness” and “bearing fruit”.

    Jesus said repeatedly it is the person who keeps or obeys His teaching, His commands, His words, who loves Him.

    Now, bearing fruit is still a serious business, because Jesus said that any branch in Him which does not bear fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire.

    So, under grace (as distinct from “under law”) we do not keep the commandments of the Lord in order to obtain or earn a righteousness we don’t have, rather, our obedience is the fruit of righteousness, the result of one who knows God has declared and made them righteous.

    So, as Peter warned, many twist the words of Paul around, to their own destruction, and Paul warned about useless strivings over the law.

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