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law versus grace

TOPIC: The Law verses Grace (walking in the spirit).
Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit."

To understand this statement, we must go back several chapters to get some background for this fantastic statement. This statement seems impossible for us in our natural mindset. In Romans chapter 1 it talks about the power of the gospel and the importance to read the Bible.

Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
In Romans chapter 2 it talks about the existence of God and the judgment of God through the law.

Romans 2:11-12: "For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law."

In Romans chapter 3 it talks about the fact that there is none righteous in God's eyes. Paul was talking to the Jews and said in Romans 3:9-10: "What then? are we better than they? NO, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no not one."

Later in the chapter it starts to talk about righteousness by faith.
But there is this problem of sin discussed in chapter 6.
Romans 6:6-7:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:11-12:
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

In chapter 7 we next talk about the problem of indwelling sin.

Romans 7:20-24
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Going back to our main scripture verse for the day, we see the answer.
Romans 8:1-2
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The best way to explain this verse is with a story. [I don't remember the source]:
In Romans 7 God illustrates the difference between Law and Grace with a comparison to a marriage.

In the Bible, Jesus is the groom and the true Church is the Bride.

Now let's assume that we (as part of the church are the Bride) and are married to Mr. Law. Now Mr. Law was perfect. He was so holy that we reverenced him and his awesome righteousness. The problem is we are terrible wives. We have committed adultery and were constantly whoring around and breaking the rules. He was always right and we were always wrong.

If Mr. Law went on a business trip, he would leave us with a list of Do's and don'ts and would tack them on the refrigerator.
1. Don't let the mail man into the house, you know your weakness!
2. Don't watch the soaps, because you know you lust after the men.
3. Throw out the bottle of wine, you know your weakness

Of course, the list was lengthy. At the bottom of the note, he listed a reminder. I know your weakness and don't expect too much from you, but try not to disappoint me too much. Your righteous and Holy husband, Mr Law.

How long do you think this marriage will last. It will blow up in a fairly short time. Some type of blow-up or divorce will happen. Now Paul tells us that in order to break up a marriage joined by God, there must be a death. Divorce is never an option with God. There must be a death. The husband cannot die, because he is the good guy. The whorish wife is the one who must die to dissolve the marriage.

So we die because of our own sin and the marriage is dissolved. We are never to be under Mr Law again. We are no longer married to Mr Law and it is a sin to get back in bed with Him again. He only brings us into condemnation.

We are now married to another man. Our second marriage is to Mr. Grace (Jesus). Mr Grace is a kind man and understands our propensities toward sin. He loves us anyway. As we fall more and more into love with Him, there is a change in us. We start to want to do things that are pleasing to Him (Jesus). When we DO sin, the old voice of the original husband echoes in our ears "I told you so, you will never measure up." This is condemnation. The old husband is like a schoolmaster.

When we mess up, we need to run to the arms of the new loving, accepting husband. Our new husband wants us to follow Him and do things that are pleasing to Him for our good. When our new husband says that he is ready to go on a trip, we tremble in our own weakness and await the list of do's and don'ts to be taped on the refrigerator door. Instead, he says that he will miss his sweetheart and can't wait until he sees us again.

Now I ask you, do we need rules to keep us from evil? No, no one who is in love with the new husband needs a set of rules to keep him from sin. We want to please Him because we love Him. Now it is true that we will mess up now and then. But our loving husband, Jesus, wants to cleanse us from sin per 1 John 1:9 and transform our inner man as we repent and forsake our sins.

Then the following verses apply:
Romans 8:1-4:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

That is why our loving Father wants His adopted children to come to Him when we mess up so he can cleanse us from all unrighteousness:

1 John 1:9-10:
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.