Some years ago, I had a misconception about the law of Moses. I believed that the law in itself,- the ten commandments, ceremonial, moral laws- was evil and deadly. Not until I stumbled on Romans 7:12.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:12
That scripture made me realize that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the laws that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. However, at the time those laws were given, God had a specific purpose in mind. I’ll get to that shortly. But let me quickly say this before it skips my mind.
I have come to understand how wonderful a Father we have. Nothing is an afterthought for him. He planned our redemption long before the law was given. Nothing caught him unawares, not even the entrance of sin into the world by Adam. The introduction of the law on Mount Sinai was actually part of the plan for restoration of man to God. How do I know this?
Look at these scriptures.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. Romans 5:20.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3: 24
From these scriptures, what exactly was the purpose of the law in the existence of a man?
It is that sin might abound.
In fact Romans 3:20 says by the law is the knowledge of sin. In other words, the law was actually meant to open us up to the reality of our corrupt nature.
Through the law, man is able to see how helpless the flesh is in filling up the void in his heart.
Here’s one illustration that I heard a minister use which has stuck with me for years.
Imagine you have a glass cup of water and impurities are settled at the base of the cup. What happens if I take a stick and stir the water? The impurities will rise to the top right? The law is that stick.
When you thought you were at least trying to be good, you suddenly came face to face with a dissatisfaction, a void in your soul, such despair that craves freedom and deliverance.
The law points man to Christ. Some of us grew up in christian homes where prayers and bible study was the norm, where church attendance was compulsory but yet we found out that we fell short despite our effort to keep up with those activities. We longed to get out of a struggle that revealed our helplessness in varying degrees.
We came to Christ. We accepted him as our Lord and Saviour. Glory!
Clearly, Galatians 3:24 tells us that by the deeds of the law, no flesh will be justified in God’s sight because the entire reason for the existence of the law was for man to see the need of a Saviour.
Here comes the pertinent question.
Now that we are saved. Now that the law has stirred in us the need for a savior and we have responded, are we still bound by the law of Moses?
Are we supposed to write the ten commandments somewhere and allow it becoming our guiding principle?
Scriptures explains this very clearly.
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. Galatians 3:24-25.
We have been completely delivered from the law. The purpose for which it was meant has been served. As believers, we are grateful for the law. Without its function in our once depraved mind, we will not understand the life transforming power of the cross.
Now that the reason for which the law was made has been fulfilled, we are guided by a new living way, the way of the Spirit.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6
I love the incident that took place on the mount of transfiguration. For me, it is a clear description of Christ’s fulfilment of the law.
Remember how Moses, a representative of the law and Elijah, representing the prophets spoke with Jesus. It seemed like a handover service, a preparation stage for law and Prophet to step off the stage for the Son of God to take over. Peter dared to interrupt the process.
‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.’ Peter said. ‘If thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’
See how somebody wanted to disrupt God’s original plan. When God in his blueprint had only one tabernacle to set up.
Peter had not finished responding when God spoke. ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased…’
Where do you belong? In Christ or under the law.
There are believers who claim to be in Christ, but their actions, their words show that they are still being influenced by realm of the law. No wonder there is a continual struggle.
Why not find out the terms of this new covenant. How does it operate? What are the tools required? How do we live daily in the provisions contained in this new realm of Christ that we belong.
Are we now saying that because we are now in Christ, we can misbehave and live the way we like?
Not at all. My point is that, this new covenant we have entered by reason of our union with Christ has its own method of operation.
We are guided by the law of the Spirit. Across the epistles of Paul and Peter, we find in clear terms the responsibilities of the believer. The cross never made us irresponsible. Rather, it sets us on a higher pedestal that can only be achieved by the Spirit.
Again, what am I driving at? The Holy Spirit is the key instrument in this Christ life. The truth is, when you turn to the law, you embrace the flesh. When you turn to Christ, you activate the spirit.
As long as believers continue to rely on the law of Moses for guidance, there’ll be a veil covering their minds and hearts but when they turn to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.
And all of us, as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold in the Word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18AMPC
What’s the believer’s response to sinful habits.
He deals with those habits from the place of the Spirit.
He walks through this corrupt world with a knowledge of his identity in Christ.
He understands that it is the spirit that releases grace to crush strongholds in our lives.
His words are shaped by the spirit life. He knows without any doubt that sin shall not have dominion over him because he is not under the law but under the marvelous grace of Christ.
Believers who draw consistently from the law, do they also do exploits?
Definitely. 2 Corinthians 3:7 tells us that the ministry of the law came with so much glory, but that of the Spirit exceeds in glory.
I end with this;
Here’s what many of us believers do. We mix the old and new together.
Today you are shouting God’s grace, tomorrow you are buried under the law.
One minute, we claim the finished works on the cross and the next minute we are trying to please God with our self-efforts. This is why we can’t see stability in our walk with God.
The songs we sing, the prayers we pray, the words that come out of our mouth many times negate the provisions of the new creation.
Isn’t it time to dig into the word and find out your reality in Christ? Shouldn’t we begin to walk, talk, pray according to the tenets of the realm we are in?
We must with all seriousness begin to seek revelation into the awesome provisions we have in Christ. We must see that every scripture must be brought under the lens of the finished works of Christ.
Let’s walk as children who have been delivered from the law and who have been brought into the marvelous grace of Christ.
The Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus John 1:17