Are We Still Under the Law?

Many people ask the question, “Are we still under the law?” Some use this question to argue that as Christians, we are no longer obligated to keep the Ten Commandments. They believe that since we are under grace, we are free from the law.

However, let’s look at what the Bible says. In Romans 6:14-15, Paul states that we are not under the law but under grace. Some may interpret this to mean that we can break the law because we are under grace. But Paul immediately refutes this by asking, “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?” He strongly emphasizes that being under grace does not give us a license to break the law.

So, what does it mean to be “not under the law”? In Romans 3:19, Paul explains that those who are under the law are guilty before God. They have broken the law and are under its condemnation. As Christians, we are not guilty and condemned by the law because we are saved by grace. We are no longer under the law’s guilt and condemnation, but under the power of grace.

Grace empowers us to obey God’s law. It overrules the authority of sin and enables us to live according to God’s commandments. We are motivated to keep the law out of gratitude for the grace we have received. Paul affirms in Romans 3:31 that faith does not nullify the law, but rather establishes it in the life of a grace-saved Christian.

To illustrate this, imagine a person who has been sentenced to death for a crime. However, just before the execution, the governor grants them a full pardon. Now they are no longer under the law’s condemnation. Does this mean they are free to break the law? Absolutely not! Instead, their gratitude for the pardon compels them to respect and honour the law.

Similarly, as Christians, our faith in Christ’s saving grace does not nullify the law. On the contrary, it establishes and reinforces the law in our lives. Jesus Himself said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Our love for God and gratitude for His grace motivate us to obey His commandments.

In conclusion, being under grace does not free us from the obligation to keep God’s law. We are not under the law’s condemnation because of God’s grace, but we are still called to obey His commandments out of love and gratitude.


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