This is gospel coaching session number 3.
This aspect of the gospel is a huge stumbling-block for anyone with a religious or legal mind with even a toe in the law. They live in All the Light They Do Not See, which means they live in darkness. You see, the reason there is no more guilt, fear, condemnation, or judgment is because there is no more LAW. It is the law that Paul says accuses us, condemns us, and deceives us. It is totally against us.
This is really true of us GENTILES (which means any of us not born a JEW). Paul says we were never given the law at all, but even though we don’t have the law, many of us still by nature try to live by things in the law (Rom 2:14). This is not good.
We were born after the cross, not before. The law was crucified on the cross of Jesus (Col 2:14). The commandments created enmity with God, and it was all abolished (Eph 2:15). This even includes the ten commandments – that which was ‘engraved in stone’ (II Cor 3:7).
Jesus Came to Do the Will of God
Hebrews 10:9 says Jesus came to do the will of God by taking away the first (the Old Covenant law), and establishing the second (the New Covenant gospel). Reading the law, without being well established in the New Covenant gospel actually puts a veil over our heart so we cannot understand (II Cor 3:15-17). We should read the Old to see what a fantastic New Covenant we have (Heb 11:39-40).
No one stands justified before God keeping the law (Rom 3:20). We are only justified if we separate from the law (Rom 3:28). The only way to ‘live unto God’ is to be DEAD to the law (Gal 2:19). Only faith in Christ justifies us, not any works we do by means of law (Gal 2:16).
Jesus Took the Curse of the Law Away
In fact, if we live by the law, Paul says we are cursed (Gal 3:10). Jesus came to take the curse away (Gal 3:13), but he apparently left one curse: if we continue to live by law, and not by the gospel. The gospel did away with living by the law.
Christ is the END of the law for righteousness, to all who believe the gospel (Rom 10:4, 16). In fact, when we don’t acknowledge the truth, Paul says we ‘oppose ourselves,’ and Satan takes us captive at his will. The way to break free from Satan is to ask God to give us repentance, so we can acknowledge the truth (II Tim 2:25-26).
The gospel was Paul’s only focus for ministry, so when he speaks of truth, he always means gospel truth he received from Jesus and the Father. He did not preach 10 different kinds of truth.
Neither did Jesus. He said in fact, “I AM the truth.” This is one mystery of gospel truth. It isn’t just a thing — but a Person. It isn’t just something we are given, but a Person we abide in (gospel aspect #9).
The Law Was Temporary, Not Permanent
The law was only meant to be TEMPORARY until the seed came (Gal 3:19). We’re told three verses earlier that the seed is Jesus (Gal 3:16). The law was only meant to be like a demanding drill sergeant (the meaning of ‘tutor,’ in the Greek), and was only necessary to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24-25). After that, the tutor is fired!
Paul says if we even try to keep ONE command (circumcision is his example) Christ profits us nothing (Gal 5:2). He has become of no effect to us because we have fallen from grace (Gal 5:4).
Living by law is spiritual suicide. Do you want to stand before God and say, “Christ didn’t profit me at all – he was of no effect to me because I chose to live by law”? I don’t think so!
You see, we must keep ALL of the law or we are guilty of it all (Gal 5:4). James 2:10 says this too.
So if you treat someone bad, it’s as though you murdered them. If you look at a woman with lust you have committed adultery. The only way to be righteous in the Old Testament was to keep ALL of the law (Deut 6:24).
The only way to be righteous in the New Testament gospel is to be in Christ (II Cor 5:21).
The strength of sin is the law (I Cor 15:56). Why give sin more power in you? The law is the law of a carnal, or fleshly commandment, and this is why NO one can live by it (Heb 7:16, Rom 7:5). Everyone fails who tries to live by the law (Acts 15:10, Rom 3:10).
Sins Only Exist under the First, Old Covenant
Transgressions (sins) were only under the FIRST Covenant, not under the New Covenant gospel (Heb 9:15). Sin is not imputed to us anymore because the law is not against us – it has been abolished (Rom 5:13). To repeat, Father not only forgives our sin but forgets it (Heb 8:12, 10:17). We struggle with this, knowing God is ‘all knowing.’ But it is gospel truth, and we are called ‘believers,’ not ‘understanders.’
We are free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2). The Old Covenant law is like a corpse decaying in the ground and vanishing away (Heb 8:13).
Why Did God Take the Law Away?
It’s because it made our faith void, and made the promises of God of no effect (Rom 4:14).
It produced God’s wrath against us (Rom 4:15).
It was contrary to us and against us, so Jesus nailed it to his cross and it died with him, but it was not resurrected like him (Col 2:14).
Law deceives us, keeping us from living in All the (gospel) Light We Do Not See. Satan robs us blind if we don’t live the gospel (II Cor 4:4). He deceives us in our thinking at every turn (Rom 7:11). This is why the gospel is meant to transform our minds and straighten out our thinking (Rom 12:2).
The law creates enmity, hostility and contention between us and God (Eph 2:15-16).
The law was weak and made us weak, and thus it was unprofitable to us (Heb 7:18).
It made nothing perfect (Heb 7:19), and thus it was for prior times, not for now (Heb 9:9-10).
It blocks the mercy of God (Heb 10:28), bringing condemnation and death (II Cor 3:6).
And it is the STRENGTH of sin (I Cor 15:56).
Seeing the Heart of King David
David had a great revelation of the cross of Christ, 1,000 years beforehand, — more than most Christians have today, 2,000 years afterwards. He saw God imputed righteousness without works: “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Rom 4:6-8).
God calls him a man after his own heart! 1,000 years before the cross, and living under the law, David saw what few Christians do today, 2,000 years afterwards.
What the Law Does To Us if We Live By It
It robs God of his glory.
It robs him of unity with us, and us with him.
It robs us of our identity: who we are in joint equality with Jesus.
It robs God of a mutual exchange of love with us.
It robs us of gospel truth and power, and of grace and faith.
It robs others of open fellowship with us because it makes us judgmental.
Paul’s Old Covenant Legal Nightmare!
“The law is not of faith” (Gal 3:12). It causes God’s wrath (Rom 4:15).
Then he says, “Anything not done in faith is sin” (Rom 14:23).
By this does he mean that it is SIN to live by the law today?
Again, we must be DEAD to the law to live unto God (Gal 2:19). If we are trying to relate to God, but are also living by law, we are a walking contradiction and God doesn’t even understand our prayers. In short, it’s mixing the blood of animals with the blood of Jesus,
It’s like putting arsenic in your food.