For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. (Rom. 7:14 NKJ)
You have certainly heard the law mentioned, especially when the subject of grace is discussed. Sadly, I have noticed that many believers have a limited understanding of what God calls the Law in the Body of Christ, including both Jew and gentile alike. Many often think only of those who try to follow the Ten Commandments or similar Old Testament commands. As a result of this limited knowledge, we underestimate the full burden and havoc caused by the Law in the Church.
John 1:17 tells us that the Law was given by Moses, while grace came through Jesus Christ. The Law certainly refers to the Law that God gave to the Israelites through Moses. In general, there were two sets of laws contained in the Law.
The first set was the Ten Commandments, called the Law of God, and it contained the commandments that God had given to the Israelites.
The second set was the ceremonial law, which included more than three hundred individual laws.
However, Romans 7:14 above takes us even further. It says the Law is spiritual and is much more than mere commandments to keep. It is a spiritual system by which God relates with man based on merit. His blessings are earned through obedience, and judgement is given for any disobedience.
Whenever you are operating with God based on this spiritual system, you are living in the principle of the Law. This principle can operate in any religious activity God has commanded us, such as Bible study, prayer, or even giving. Whenever you try to do some religious work to earn God’s blessing, you are operating in the Law.
Why did the Law fail to produce righteousness among the Israelites? See Rom. 8:2.
APPLY THE WORD
Grace is complete dependence on the work of Christ. Fix your gaze today entirely on Christ.
Ask the Spirit to show you areas in your life where you are operating in the Law without realizing it.
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