You have a lot to gain if you can accept God’s cancellation of the Written Code. You can experience deliverance from the dominion of sin in your life. You can find the glorious freedom of the sons of God that Paul talks about. You can become that loving Christian you want to be, and can experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life in a way you never have before. But you can’t run to second base if you keep one foot on first. You have to move beyond your bondage to the Written Code.
I’ve listed in a previous post the main places where Paul discusses God’s abrogation of the Written Code. Now I want to take a moment to dig into the meaning of those verses.
- All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” (Galatians 3:10)
The Book of Deuteronomy has an enormous list of curses for people who disobey the law. Pleast take a few minutes to read one of the most concentrated lists by clicking here: Deuteronomy 28: 15-68.
If you believe that the Old Testament Law is still applicable today, and you believe that James the Brother of Jesus knew what he was talking about when he wrote James 2:10 (Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.), then the curses in Deuteronomy still apply to you.
Mantra: If I rely on observing the law I am under a curse.
- All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. (Romans 2:12)
Do you want to be judged by the Law? Do you want to be held accountable to over 600 laws and statutes? Remember, if you violate even one law, it’s as though you violated every one of them. If you take the Lord’s name in vain, you are guilty of having sex with your sister or brother. If you wash dishes on Saturday, you have burned your child alive as an offering to Molech. If you lie about someone, you are guilty of having sex with a dog. If you work on Saturday, you have raped your child.
This is what Paul meant when he said, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”
Mantra: If I sin apart from the law I will also perish apart from the law.
The law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.(Romans 4:15)
Are you concerned about your sins? Would you like to live a life with no transgressions? The answer is right here. Where there is no law there is no transgression. It is only the Written Code that keeps you preoccupied with this individual sin, that ethical transgression, or this moral failing. God doesn’t want you preoccupied with your apparent moral weaknesses. God wants you focused on loving your neighbor as yourself, focused on walking in the Holy Spirit, and keeping a clear conscience.
Mantra: Where there is no law there is no transgression.
Before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. (Romans 5:13)
Again, a simple mantra. God does not take sin into account when there is no law. Why do you fuss about your sin when God doesn’t take it into account? You wallow in guilt and remorse when God pays no attention to it.
When you are godly, when you are sanctified, that is, really like God in this, you will no longer wallow in guilt. You will no longer be preoccupied with your weaknesses.
Remember, God’s been around a long time. He’s seen it all. He’s seen way worse than your little foibles. For most of us, our upset over our failures is just a form of PRIDE. We’re proud. We want to be perfect, but it has nothing to do with glorifying God. For most of us it’s rooted in proving how great we are. When we think and reason as children, we think our transgressions are mountains, when they are actually molehills in the sight of God. Or do you really think your take on your mistakes is superior to God’s? Be real.
Mantra: Sin is not taken into account when there is no law.
- Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.(Romans 6:14)
This is spiritually discerned, my friend. Paul’s logic sometimes seems muddled and is often confusing. Sometimes he even appears contradictory. But you have to trust the Spirit of God speaking through Paul on this. Only as you remove yourself from the domination of the Written Code will you gain experiential insight into how sin is no longer your master when you leave the domination of the Written Code and embrace it’s opposite: God’s grace.
The discovery of Paul’s discovery can’t be taught to you by any human being. Only God can reveal it to you. Will you make mistakes as you go into these new places pointed out by Paul? Of course you will. Do you honestly think you will never make any mistakes? Good grief. If you don’t make many mistakes, it’s only proof that you’re not growing spiritually. You will make mistakes. Lived with it. Live with it, or be content to live in a twilight world of mediocrity and fear.
Mantra: I am not under law, but under grace.
- Apart from law, sin is dead. (Romans 7:8b)
Another mantra. How does this work? How I think it works makes little difference. What matters is that we embrace this, let it permeate our minds, focus our thoughts. When this spiritual truth (which is spiritually discerned) controls your mind and heart, you will look around one day and realize, “sin is dead,” just like Paul said.
Mantra: Apart from law, sin is dead.
- Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, (Galatians 3:13)
The curses of Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 do not apply to you because Christ has redeemed you from those curses. Those curses only apply if you insist on observing the law. If you casually dismiss these curses, then you really don’t take seriously the Written Code. That is a different matter, since God nailed the Written Code to the cross anyway!
If you insist on observing the Law, then you reject Christ’s redemptive work on the cross.
Mantra: Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law.
- Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.(Galatians 3:25)
We are no longer under the supervision of the Law. We are created in the Image of God, which means that God’s character, values, and essence are at the core of our being. We have been released from our childhood obedience to a document thousands of years old. We are now free to live in the reality of the Image of Christ, in whose image we are being renewed as we practice loving the people around us, listening to the Spirit of the God in whom we live and move and have our being, and keeping our consciences clear of violating our own internal sets of social values.
Mantra: I am no longer under the supervision of the law.
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(Galatians 5:1)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. More often we are set free, then turn around and trade one set of chains for another set. We trade the chains that bind us to the Written Code for chains that bind us to something else. Often we trade one Biblical system for another Biblical system, both of which are just chains of bondage.
All of us are encouraged to not let ourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Don’t be surprised if the Christians whom you would burden with a yoke of slavery reject your attempt to re-enslave them. Their attempt to remain free is exactly what they should be doing. You should rejoice that they are able to act independently of your Biblical system of enslavement.
Mantra: It is for freedom that Christ has set me free.
Mantra: I will not let myself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
- But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.(Galatians 5:18)
The corollary of this is equally true: If you are under Law, you are not led by the Spirit. If you observe the law, and believe that others should be made accountable to the law as well, then you are not led by the Spirit.
Mantra: If I am under the Law, then I am not led by the Spirit.
- He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13b-14)
There is more here than in some of the other verses we’ve looked at so far. First, we are told that the Written Code has been canceled. That Written Code, the Law, along with its regulations, was against us and stood opposed to us. According to this, the Law was not our friend, not at all. And notice what God did with the Written Code: “He took it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Mantra: God canceled the written code, that was against me.
Mantra: God took away the written code, nailing it to the cross.
The Law was, is, and will always be our Enemy. God loves us, which is why the Law was abrogated, why it was cancelled. It is because God loves us that Christ fulfilled the righteous demands of the Law, which left us free from the Law’s bothersome annoyance and harassment. Freed from the Law, we are now free to have a full and direct relationship with God and the people God loves. Our relationship with God is now direct, and it requires nothing to intrude upon it, like an old, thick book.
To master the old, thick book would requires several lifetimes. To master the old, thick book has consumed the lives of countless thousands of scholar and reverends, rendering the them useless for the kingdom of God.