Walk by Faith, or Walk by the Law


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WHAT mATTERS – Walk by Faith, or Walk by the Law​

What is a Christian’s relationship to the Old Testament law? If we say we are no longer under the law, (which is true, as the book of Romans and Galatians, and the rest of the New Testament affirms[1]) the unbelieving, hypocritical legalists immediately accuse us of teaching that we can do “whatever we want” in the sight of God and still go to heaven. (This is technically true. Those who have been born again, have been justified by faith; not by the works of the law.) What they fail to understand is that now that we are new creatures,[2] “whatever we want,” has been changed from wanting to serve our flesh to serving Christ.[3] From wanting to commit sins to doing righteous good works.

So, what then is the purpose of the law? 1 Timothy 1:9 tells us Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners… in other words the purpose of law was for the unsaved to see that they were unsaved.[4] The law shows the holiness of God. It is a teacher or schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.[5] It shows us the impossibility of keeping the law for righteousness so that we would see that God’s righteousness is given freely by faith. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.[6]

Paul told us that all things were lawful for him to do, but that if he did them it would not promote Christian principles.[7] He understood that the law was nailed to the cross of Christ[8] and that there was no charge that could be leveled against him that would condemn him in a court of law. The penalty for breaking the law (all our sins) had already been paid by someone else, Jesus.[9] What matters now is, are we going to live under the Holy Spirit’s leading which gives life, or under the letter of the law which condemns to death? Are we walking by faith or by the law?

[1] Romans 4; 1Corinthians 1; 2 Corinthians 5; Galatians 3; Ephesians 2; Philippians 1; Colossians 2; Titus 3; Hebrews 6; etc.
[2] 2 Corinthians 5:17
[3] Romans 6:1,2
[4] Matthew 5
[5] Galatians 3:24
[6] Romans 10:4
[7] 1 Corinthians 6:12
[8] Colossians 2:14
[9] 1 John 2:2