The Christian and The Law

What is the relationship between the Christian and the Law? Does the Law of Moses, including the dietary Law, have any place in a Christian’s life? We are told in 1 Timothy 1:8 that the Law is good, but then Paul goes on in verse 9 to tell us that the Law is not made for the righteous person, but for the unrighteous.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (KJV)

In other words, the purpose of the Law in this New Testament era is to convict the unrighteous of their sins, not to govern the life of the believer. Paul writes this in the book of Galatians:

Galatians 3:24-25

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (KJV)

by Berean Husband



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6 thoughts on “The Christian and The Law

  1. In other words, the Law is an essential component of evangelism.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Buddy,

    Definitely! To reveal our sin!

    However, once we are brought to faith, we are no longer under the Law but made righteous and justified by Christ not by our “works” of following the Law.

    Berean Wife

  2. I thought a bit about your response to my comment on your previous post since reading this one and the comment by hmkjr.

    You mentioned how you never really thought much about believers feeling compelled to keep the law despite the fact that much of the NT is devoted to cautioning against it.

    The fact is, I hadn’t thought much about it either mainly because in my experience until recently, most of the believers I have encountered (myself included) appeared to be much more in danger of being too liberal regarding sin than too legalistic.

    However- and I am finding this more and more- as well meaning people are becoming disillusioned with the course the American church has been on in recent years, they are looking for a more concrete way to demonstrate that they are indeed, set apart from the world. That they are not like most of “those hypocritical Christians” you find in the average church who are believers in name only and whose lifestyles don’t fit what they claim to believe.

    One of the first things I am finding happen in such cases is the rejection of Sunday worship in favor of the “true and only Sabbath” and an insistence that the Messiah’s name (on which salvation rests) must be referred to in Hebrew, as well as God’s.

    It is fascinating to me that I never realized that the dangers Paul warned the Galatians away from are still just as much of a snare to us today.

    But they are, if we are not careful.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    I think you have a very good point that this type of teaching is a reactionary response to the liberal, loosey-goosey of most churches today. We always seem to bounce back and forth between extremes. 🙁

    But verses such as these have convinced me of the seriousness.

    Galatians 5:4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. ESV

    Galatians 3:10-12
    10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
    11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
    12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
    ESV

    If those who follow the Law are fallen from Grace and cursed I should warn them instead of just let it slide past as unimportant, disputable matters. That I haven’t done. 🙁

    I have noticed that the insistence of calling Jesus and God by Hebrew names and the Sabbath observance went hand-in-hand with the dietary restrictions.

    As we know there is nothing new under the sun, if it was warned against in the NT it is still an issue today. 🙁

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. ESV

    Berean Wife

  3. I agree with you and we have tried to point out many ofthe sameverses you point out. It has caused deep fracture.

    We are then told that the Bible as we know it has been edited and copied and is unreliable. That we are proponents of a lawless gospel and are not true children of the Most High God.

    Believe me, we have tried in earnest to point out the dangers of attempting to live according to the law and according to grace.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    Please be assured I was not condemning you for not dealing with it. I was condemning myself, or actually the Lord showed me my condemnation.

    I have noticed that the return to the Law is wrapped up in the KJV only issue. So although I feel the ESV is an excellent translation, I’ll have to deal with the KJV flavor of verses.

    This wasn’t something I was interested in really, nor desired to write about, but after the number of questions I have received I really must cover this better showing what the Scriptures really say.

    Berean Wife

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