The Law Is Not The Answer to Holiness


072416_TheLawIsNotTheAnswerToHolinessHave you read Romans 7:1-6 lately? If not, I encourage you to take a look at this passage.  It declares that the Christian has “become dead to the Law” and has been “delivered from the Law.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].” Romans‬ ‭7:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Obviously, God does not think we need the Law to please Him. And Paul tells us why our relationship with the Law must come to an end:

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Paul uses a practical analogy about marriage to help us understand what has happened.  We were once “married” to the Law , but the only thing this union could produce was “fruit unto death.”  Due to the weakness of the flesh, the only fruit the Law can produce when it works with the flesh is more sin.

But God wants you to bring forth fruit that glorifies Him, “fruit unto God.”  However, this will never happen through your union with the Law. It can only happen if you are joined or “married” to Christ.

Now, here is a problem that many well-meaning believers fail to see and which this passage addressess. You cannot bear fruit unto God through the Law and you cannot be “married” to both the Law and to Christ at the same time without committing spiritual adultery.  That is why the Amplified Bible says, you “are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive.” (Romans 7:6)

The sad reality is that something as good as the Law actually strengthens sin in your life. (1 Cor. 15:56).  So, if you want to bear fruit unto God, you have to realize you will never do so through the Law. According to the Scriptures, there is no law that can produce life.  The law will always “arouse the sinful passions of the flesh” and “bear fruit unto death.” (Romans 7:5)

But you can bear much fruit unto God, if you surrender to God’s way, which is by the Spirit, apart from the Law. And this will be your experience, if you are willing to turn from the Law as a means of fruit-bearing, in order to become intimate with Jesus, putting all your attention on Jesus and on Jesus’ love for you. As you draw nigh to Jesus in this way, He will draw nigh to you.  And this single-minded focus on Jesus will activate the ministry of the Holy Spirit deep inside of you, causing you to “serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans‬ ‭7:6‬)

That is how God intends for you to bear fruit unto Him.  Any other way is fleshly.  Even worse, it is akin to committing adultery.  Any “good works” born through a relationshiop between your flesh and the Law are “illegitimate children.” Like Ishmael, they are born to Hagar, rather than like Isaac born to Sarah!

Child of God, are you “married” to Christ? Then start depending on your union with Him to make you fruitful, and be “discharged from the Law” altogether.

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭7:4‬ )

Amen.

2 Comments on “The Law Is Not The Answer to Holiness

  1. Thanks bishop for this wonderful insight, it is my prayer that every bonds of illegitimacy be broken off my life and i be set free to live, work and depend on Jesus… Amen

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