Released from the Bondage of the Law.


For I through the Law [under the operation of the curse of the Law] have [in Christ’s death for me] myself died to the Law and all the Law’s demands upon me, so that I may [henceforth] live to and for God. (Gal 2:19)

The Law gave rise to people's sinful passions. The Mosaic Law was had many more curses than blessings. There are 13 verses of blessings described (Deuteronomy 28:1-13) and 65 verses of curses (Deuteronomy 27:15-26, 28:16-68). People continually lived under the severity of the law and their inability to fulfil it! The law was always more of a curse than a blessing to those who were under it! That didn't make the Law bad, that was its purpose...to show the impossibility and inability of keeping it!

They knew they were to celebrate the law because it was God-given, but they never ultimately had a revelation of why it was given nor the ability to keep it. It was given to a people (Jews) who wanted to do things their own way, as a way to show them they couldn’t! It showed them the standard of God’s holiness was far above man's ability to keep. This law was required and yet at the same time wholly impossible to obey.

The more Laws there are, the easier it is to become a law-breaker. The Law, because it is devoid of relationship, works against obedience. But people who have consider themselves to have died with Christ have been released from the Law. Those who are in Christ are no longer under the Law; the incentive for doing what is good and right and not doing wrong is based on a relationship with Jesus the Grace-giver.

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:1-4)

If we died with Christ we belong to Christ through a relationship of grace and love that is based on heart issues, not on rule keeping. If we are in union with Christ through relationship we will be Spirit lead to do what is right...but, our relationship with God isn't dependent on whether or not we keep good rules. Religionists are uncomfortable with that because man's doing is completely out of the picture...it's all God's doing and none of Man's doing.

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