Friday, 19 February 2010

Essence of Christianity : Set free from the law of sin and death

Paul was sent to the Gentiles (you and me) with the message of the resurrected Christ.When we therefore want to understand the message to Christians within the New Covenant, we need to first look at what Paul had to say about the place of the Law.Paul spoke about a life lead by the Spirit of God and not by legalistic rules. Ironically today many religious Christians take Paul’s very teachings and principles and make of them rules (for example with regards to the roles of men and woman, and church gatherings), thereby missing the very essence of what Paul’s gospel received from the resurrected Christ was all about.Jesus was also giving us a hint in the kind of life that is possible when we live from the Spirit and not the law. He mentions the example of David that ate the bread that was in the temple and which was unlawful to eat by anybody, because he was hungry and because the Spirit prompted him to do so in Matthew 12:3,4
There is a place God intended us to live from free from any rules and regulations. But that doesn’t mean we become lawless. We now inter into a new law, the law of life in Christ Jesus. A person that is not under the law of life in Christ Jesus, is still under the law of sin and death, whether he recognize it or not. Here is what the Apostle Paul has to say about this matter. Please read and mediate upon the following scriptures to get a revelation from God as to the place of the law in the life of a New Covenant believer in Christ:(Rom 8:2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the alw of sin and death.(Gal 2:21) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.(Gal 3:7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.(Gal 3:8) And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed.(Gal 3:10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse...
(Gal 3:11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God it is evidant for, The just shall live by faith.(Gal 3:12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
(Gal 3:13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
(Gal 3:16) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promise made. He saith not, and to seeds, as to many, but as to one, And to thy seed which is Christ.(Gal 3:17) And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
(Gal 3:23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.G601
(Gal 3:24) Wherefore the alw was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(Gal 3:25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

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