[Papercut Press] 2001-02-06 - Reconciliation

Part 19 - What Actually Happened? The Moment I Trusted Christ

Romans 13:8-10 "Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,' and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law."

We come to the 19th thing which occurs the moment we trust in Christ for salvation.

  1. I was delivered from the law (Romans 7:6)

    Christ fulfilled the law of Moses when He lived. He is the only one who has ever fulfilled the law of Moses, which is also known as the Moral Law. There is a lot of confusion about the apparent dichotomy between the Law and the freedom we have in Christ from the Law. I hope to clear some of this up today by keying in on the passage quoted above and the Romans 7:6 passage not yet quoted.

    Notice what Paul says in the Romans 13 passage, "...if there is any other commandment..." In other words, it does not appear that Paul is saying that the Moral Law no longer applies, but rather he is clarifying what those laws mean when summed up, which is namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

    But, Romans 7:6 tells us, "But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not the oldness of the letter." This does not mean that we are free to ignore the Law of God, but rather that it no longer has dominion over us. When Christ died, having fulfilled the law, we died to the law through His sacrifice. This is why this is one of the benefits of salvation. We have been delivered from the law.

    As a result of being delivered from the law, this verse tells us, "we serve in newness of the Spirit and not the oldness of the letter." So we still serve. And Christ, rather than add laws for us to keep, explained the Moral Law to a fuller extent. For example, Matthew 5:27, 28, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit Adultery'; but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Christ did not say, "You are now free from that command," but rather He further explained what that law meant.

    Christ fulfilled the law and through our union with Him in His death and sacrifice we are no longer under the power of the law but rather of the Spirit. This gives no one license to sin rather it should be a motive towards obedience. There is not one aspect of the Moral Law that the New Testament fails to address and that is to our advantage. This further explanation of the Moral Law aids our understanding of how we can live in such a way that pleases the Lord. Part of pleasing the Lord is following His will for our lives and abiding by His directives for holy living. The law, while no longer our master, is now our guide to help us in this task.

"The law, though it have no power to condemn us, has power to command us." Thomas Adams

Soli Deo Gloria,

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