Are We Under The Law?
As Christians, are we under the law or do we live by faith? Irvin has prepared a brief scriptural reference guide in regards to Law vs. Faith.
You Are Not Under The Law
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14, KJV).
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law (Galatians 5:18, KJV).
Once you are born again, you are not under the law.
We Are Delivered From The Law
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter (Romans 7:5-6, KJV).
Christ is the End of the Law for Righteousness
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth (Romans 10:4, KJV).
Christ was the end of the law.
The Law was Our Schoolmaster
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25, KJV).
The law was our schoolmaster, but we are no longer under the schoolmaster. The schoolmaster’s lesson was “Righteousness cannot come through the law.” Righteousness can only come through Jesus Christ.
We could Not be Justified by the Works of the Law
By the Works of the Law Shall No Flesh be Justified
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Galatians 2:16, KJV).
We Could Not be Justified by the Law
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39, KJV).
The law had to be replaced. It did not work.
No Man is Justified by the Law
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:10-13, KJV).
If we are of the works of the law, we are under the curse.
Justified Without the Law
Righteousness Without the Law
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets (Romans 3:19-21, KJV).
Justified Without the Deeds of the Law
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law (Romans 3:28, KJV).
The Law Worketh Wrath
For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression (Romans 4:14-15, KJV).
Christ has Died in Vain
If Righteousness Come by the Law, Then Christ is Dead in Vain.
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain (Galatians 2:21, KJV).
If righteousness could come by the law, Jesus didn’t need to come and die.
I am Afraid of You
You observe days, and months, and times, and years
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain (Galatians 4:9-11, KJV).
Paul was saying, “You don’t understand what happened when Jesus died on the cross.”
Fallen From Grace
Justified by the Law = Fallen From Grace
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:1-4, KJV).
Subverting Your Souls were Teaching it
Certain Pharisees were Teaching it was Necessary to Keep the Law of Moses
But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear (Acts 15:5, 10, KJV).
Why tempt you God?
We Gave no Such Commandment
Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment (Acts 15:24, KJV).
Those who teach we must keep the law are subverting your souls.
Strivings About the Law are Unprofitable and Vain
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself (Titus 3:9-11, KJV).
He that is such is subverted, and sinneth.
Who Hath Bewitched You?
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith (Galatians 3:1-5, KJV)?
I would That Those Who Trouble You were Cut Off
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you (Galatians 5:11-12, KJV).