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Are You Living Under the Law? You Should be.

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Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble. –Psalm 119:165

The Law as given to Moses in the Old Covenant, when followed and loved, brought peace and assurance. There was a glory to it, fading as it was (2 Corinthians 3:7).

Now, I know what you may be thinking. “Law? I’m not under the Law! Jesus came for relationship,” and you’d be right… sort of. You are under the Law, but it’s a different one.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. –Romans 8:1-2

You were set free from the law of sin and death and brought under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. There has to be law in your life. Living outside the law in the natural means constantly running and looking behind you, trying to stay ahead of your pursuers. Abiding by the law means you don’t have to fear being hauled to jail or losing your loved ones and family.

You need to live under the law, just the right law.

And think about what the psalmist stated there in Psalm 119. Loving the law brings great peace and you can’t even stumble! If that was true of “the ministry of death” as Paul called it in 2 Corinthians 3:7, how much more of the law of the Spirit!

We like to say the Law was fulfilled in Jesus and though it was to a degree, there is more.

For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],
So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. –Romans 8:3-4 (AMP) emphasis mine

By being born of the Spirit into a new kingdom as a new creation, the requirements of the Law are being fully met in us. You cannot do it by self-will or determination, but only by following and completely giving yourself to the ways of the Holy Spirit.

Embrace the law.

Not the one of condemnation and shame, but the one that produces life. Your living under that law will bring transformation and life in and around you! Relationship is a beautiful thing, but it doesn’t discount His beautiful law.

What do you think?  Does this speak to you? Have you ever said (as I have) that we don’t live under law?

2 Comments

  1. You bring out a good point Jason. I have said “We don’t live under the Law but under Grace.” But that is a different kind of law. We do live under a law of love. Even a “law” of obedience. thanks for the stimulation of thought.
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    • I’m with you, Bill! Just like we moved from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of light, we moved from law that brought condemnation to one that brought freedom. And it’s a beautiful thing!

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