Scripture Reading: James 1:22-2:20
Galatians 2:16--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.
2:21--I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
3:11--But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
3:21--Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
4:5--To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
5:4--Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5:18--But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
OK, we’re not under law, got it!
Galatians 6:2--Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
6:16--And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Romans 3:20--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.
3:28--Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
6:14--For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
10:4--For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
OK, we’re not under law, got it!
Romans 3:31--Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
In the beginning God made us and we were good. Then God said something, it was a law, our flesh rebelled. Now we are bad. God still wants us to do what is good. If he tells us what to do, all it does, according to Paul, is stir up the idea to do bad. Telling us what to do doesn’t make us do it. We all have a desire to do good, at least to not get consequences for doing bad!
There is no answer for the flesh! The law can’t help it. Knowing what right and wrong are don’t help the flesh. Therefore, we must be born again. God puts His Spirit within us.
Christ delivers us from the law, but not from the obligation to do what God made us to do—righteous stuff. But through the Gospel, God provides the means to carry out the end—doing what is right. New Birth. We must become spiritual creatures to do spiritual, righteous things, and that’s exactly what the Gospel does.
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.
We are always under law as long as we’re in the flesh. God’s external law won’t fix you. Man’s external laws won’t fix you. You must be born again!
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.