KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:14 ” For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”.
We look further into living under the law and its implications. What is the law? The law is God’s righteous demands that He expects all men to comply with but with no divine provisions to do or obey it. (Romans 3:19)
The law demands man’s effort. Grace is obtained through faith. Grace is receiving the ability of the Spirit to function through you. According to Romans 3:19 the law was given to expose the weakness of men, so man could turn to God. Romans 3:20 reads “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“. Why would no man by justified by attempting to live by the law? The law exposes man’s weakness, and living by the law is not of faith. It is called the works of the law (flesh). Men are only justified by faith. (Rom 5:1) No man would be justified or declared righteous by his or her attempt to live by the law.
Somebody may ask, is the law evil. No and a big No. As I’ve defined in the definition of the law, it is God’s righteous demands. It is not sinful or evil. Living by the law is not by faith. God’s way of pleasing Him is living by faith. (Hebrews 11:6). Please listen to something very serious in Galatians 3:10 ” For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things written in the book of the law to do them”.
When is one living under the law? Anytime you do not trust the Spirit of Christ to work through you, rather you act by your own ability. Any believer who commits sin is not living by grace, rather he is living by his own effort. Living by the grace of God makes us super humans. It is living by a higher and superior ability. This is what Philippians 2:3 says “for it is God which works in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure”. Living under grace is a great privilege. It makes all the potentials of God available to us. You can’t be defeated living according to His grace.
I am living by the grace of God. I have therefore received God’s supernatural abilities causing me to do excellent things. My love life has been catapulted to a glorious state by God’s divine provisions.
2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.
Galatians 3:12 ” And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them.”
Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith”.