BEFORE “FAITH” CAME, WE WERE HELD PRISONERS BY THE “LAW”, LOCKED UP UNTIL FAITH IS REVEALED.
(Gal 3:23) “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.”
HOWEVER, WHEN CHRIST CAME AND MEDIATED A “NEW COVENANT” WITH THE FATHER WHICH OPERATES BY FAITH FROM FIRST TO LAST, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE LAW.
Gal 3:25) “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.”
CHRIST CAME TO REDEEM THOSE UNDER LAW, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE FULL RIGHTS OF SONS.
(Gal 4:4-5) “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
“THOSE UNDER LAW” REFERS TO BOTH JEWS AND GENTILES ALIKE; THE JEWS WERE UNDER THE “TEN COMMANDMENTS” AS A COVENANT (Deut 4:13) AND THE GENTILES WHO WERE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD THROUGH HIS “TEN COMMANDMENTS” AS GOD’S “MORAL LAW”.
(Rom 3:19) “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE CROSS THAT CAN ONLY BE RECEIVED AND UNDERSTOOD BY FAITH; THAT WE DIED AND WAS CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST ON THE CROSS.
(Rom 6:6-7) “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—BECAUSE ANYONE WHO HAS DIED HAS BEEN FREED FROM SIN.”
BY DYING TO WHAT ONCE BOUND US, WE HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAW SO THAT WE SERVE IN THE NEW WAY OF THE SPIRIT.
(Rom 7:6-7) But now, by dying to what once bound us, WE HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAW so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”
FOR THIS REASON, UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT), SIN LOSES ITS POWER OVER THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST.
(Rom 6:14-15) “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? SHALL WE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE? CERTAINLY NOT!”
YOU SEE, GOD IMPUTED ALL OUR SINS (FROM CRADLE TO THE GRAVE) ON CHRIST’S BODY ON THE CROSS AND RECEIVED GOD’S RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION AND PUNISHMENT FOR ALL OUR SINS. HE RECEIVED GOD’S WRATH AND ANGER IN HIS BODY AND SETTLED ALL OUR DEBTS LEGALLY, JUSTLY, AND RIGHTEOUSLY!
(Isa 53:5-6, 10a) “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed…………and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all……yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him and cause him to suffer.”
BECAUSE CHRIST FULLY PAID ALL THE VIOLATED LAWS OF GOD AND SATISFIED GOD’S JUSTICE, GOD IS NOT COUNTING SINS AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST. (2Cor 5:19a) “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, NOT COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM.”
AND UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE THAT CHRIST MEDIATED, WITH THE FATHER, HE PROMISED TO BE MERCIFUL TO OUR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, AND OUR SINS AND INIQUITIES HE WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.
(Heb 8:12) “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.”
KING DAVID CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE BLESSEDNESS OF A PERSON UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, BECAUSE HE WAS UNDER THE OLD COVENANT OF THE LAW!
(Rom 4:4-6) Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
(Rom 4:7-8) “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS ARE FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS ARE COVERED; BLESSED IS THE MAN TO WHOM THE LORD SHALL NOT IMPUTE SIN.”
MORE ON PART TWO