Good mornin to you my friend.
This post is written specifically to help those people who want solid scripture to stand on that will lift them out of religion’s fog of mixing law & grace.
Some people teach that Christians aren’t under the ceremonial and dietary elements of the law, but we’re still under what they call “the moral law,” (the 10 commandments).
Is that true?
Well let scripture answer that question for you.
What part of the law was written in stone? (The 10 commandments is the answer).
2 Corinthians chapter 3 describes the 10 commandments as a ministration of death and condemnation.
But don’t take my word for it, look for yourself:
(That’s describing how the indwelling Spirit of God is superior to the 10 commandments in guiding a child of God).
And if you’ll read Hebrews chapters 7-10, you’ll clearly see that the new covenant of grace has replaced the old covenant of law.
“For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.”
18 “For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.“
7 “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.“
“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.“
9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.“
Now please consider the message in the following verses:
6 “From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”
[So what part of the law deals with murdering and lying? (The 10 commandments). Did scripture inform us that that specific element of the law was not made for a righteous man or didn’t it]?
10 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
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:
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
So was the schoolmaster that brought you unto Christ the ceremonial & dietary elements of the law? Did you come to Christ because you were convicted of your ceremonial, wardrobe, and dietary sins?
Or did you come to Christ because you were guilty of breaking what some people call His “moral law?” (Which scripture plainly informs us that you are no longer under once faith has come).
The fact is, we couldn’t keep the law in a million years. But that’s part of the law’s purpose, to show us our inability to keep it.
So then who is it that actually honors God’s law:
Is it the person who thinks that they can keep it?
Or is it the person who knows that they can’t keep it?
19 “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
19 “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.“
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
So my hope is that someone who’s been in religious bondage has been blessed by this information.
And just in case you’re a little unclear about this matter, here’s the bottom line… No Christian is under the law whatsoever.
The only people who are under the law are unsaved people, (who are under its curse). Which is the law’s function, to condemn lost people in their sin, thus driving them to faith in Christ for salvation.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ! And no glory to us whatsoever!