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Responding to the New

11.11.2022


You may have asked this week, as we’ve looked at why we need to do away with living under the Old Covenant (Law) and live under the grace of the New Covenant; ‘are you saying the Law has no place?’ Well, that is a great question.  Let’s conclude our series by answering it.


First, let’s look at the passage that many use to claim we must live under the Law;


““Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬


Jesus was not telling us we’d have to always live under the Law, but that we wouldn’t because He fulfilled it on our behalf.  This means the Law is no longer relevant to those who trust in Christ.  Paul argues this throughout Romans including;


“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬


This is what we’ve looked at all week, but we ask that question because we fear without the Law we can just sin as we want.  This is what Paul addressed;


“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬-‭11‬


In short, Paul was telling us that when we experience God’s grace through a relationship with Him, when we get free from the chains of religion (Law) we will joyfully respond to that grace by not sinning.  He also put it way;


“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬


For those in Christ- under the New Covenant of grace we have the Spirit who now leads us, but the Law was not destroyed for one more critical reason- for those apart from God to also realize their need for a Savior.


Perhaps you are not sure about the Law or Jesus.  The Law shows us the fault we have because we’ve broken it over and over.  But, the good news is that the Law was all about pointing to a better covenant- one in which we do nothing, other than trust in Jesus.  If you’d like to know more reach out to me.


Let me end this series with one more encouragement.    Focus on Christ and His work and not your own work.  Focus on responding to your relationship with Him not the requirements of the Law we can’t keep.  The Law reminds us just how wonderful grace is… live a life in His grace.


Prayer focus: for those needing hope

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