Rom.7:5,6 – When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Christians have bickered over this question since the days of the early church, “am I still under the law?” The answer is a definite and firm no and yes. This is actually the conflict that we as Christians always feel in our lives. We know our sins have been done away with and we know that the law was a school master that pointed us to Christ revealing our sinfulness and our need for a Savior. At the same time our natural sinful tendencies want to draw some conclusions. The reasoning goes something like this,”If we are not under the law then we can live as we please”. From that point there is no restraint and people tend to concoct their own set of rules that we should live by. The point being missed is this, Paul said in vs,4 that we are dead to the law and now we are married to Christ. If that is true then I have a new person I am loyal to Who actually lives in side me. The point Paul is making is this, if Christ is in us we are no longer living under the constraints of our own will power. Christ is in us living this new life in us by the power of His resurrection.

How does that pan out in my day to day life? We really have several ways we can go. First, we can just live a compromising life similar to the rest of our society saying that we are no longer in bondage to the law. The second way is adhere to some religious version of the law and try our best to live up to it (good luck with that). The third option is the one I think we should go with. If Christ is in us draw, near to Him, yield to Him, allow Him to begin to live His life in us and through us. What will the outcome be? We will live a life free from sin by the power of the Spirit, Christ will be glorified, and our lives will be filled with the peace of God.

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