And that’s great news for you! 😃 (You’re under none of the law). So get ready for some liberating & fun reading.
Here’s an opener about the application of the law: “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” 1 Timothy 1.9 The law, is made for hellbound lost people. That list in 1 Timothy about the law speaks specifically to the 10 commandments, not the ceremonial, dietary, or wardrobe elements of the law. Clearly, if you are in Christ, the law doesn’t apply to you.
Nowhere in scripture is the whole of God’s law allowed to be chopped up into parts that we are under, and parts that we aren’t. No one’s sanctification or righteousness is enhanced by our trying to keep the law. If someone is going to dabble in some of it, then they’re obligated to submit to all of it, and the result of that is damnation, (becausit can’t be done). That’s the main message of Galatians in a nutshell. As found in chapter 3, verse 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.” And the book if Hebrews has the same message…one has only Christ’s righteousness, or one has no righteousness at all.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 3, the ten commandments is specifically discussed in contrast to the ministry of the Spirit. And in verses 7 & 9, the 10 commandments are described as being a “ministration of death,” and a “ministration of condemnation.”
And we see in the following two verses that the law is abolished, and nailed to the cross for every believer.
“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” Ephesians 2.15
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” Colossians 2.14
So what’s Jesus’ sermon on the mount all about? Isn’t that an expansion of the law to show us how to live? (Not where the law is referenced it isn’t). It is an expansion of the law’s meaning alright, but it’s meant to show the impossibility of living under the law, which drives us to Christ, (to receive His obedience and righteousness by faith). Which is the reason for the law in the first place. Galatians 3.24,25: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” This is clearly referencing (at a minimum) the 10 commandments, that we as believers are not under. Did the wardrobe & dietary elements of the law bring us unto Christ?
Unlike the saints of old, we new covenant saints have the permanent indwelling of the Holy Ghost as our guide. The law is holy, perfect, and good; admire it for what it is. But don’t eat of it like Adam & Eve did in the garden; it will kill you.
Enjoy your life in Christ.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5.1