The Old Covenant of Law (Part 2)

The Old Covenant of Law (Part 2)

We saw that the Law was used to bring conviction of sin, but that the Law lacked power to make us right with God. The Law was given to teach us that we need a Savior. Now that we are saved, what is the purpose of the Law?

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 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. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.Galatians 3:21-29

The Law exposes that we are under a curse, and the Gospel tells us that Jesus has become the curse for us. The Law teaches us to flee from ourselves to Jesus Christ for salvation. The covenant that God made with Abraham is by faith and precedes the Old Covenant of Law. Therefore, if we come to Jesus through faith we are the true descendents of Abraham. If we are saved by grace through faith, we are set free from the Law.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:1-14

Jesus Christ has delivered us from the Law and its condemnation. We are to no longer walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Those who live after the flesh die. Those who live by the Spirit are the true children of God. The Law stands as a constant reminder to the believer to continually flee to Christ every moment of our lives.

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