The Freedom of the Law of the Spirit

Posted by Scott Lowther on

Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."

Dear CBC family,

1 Timothy 1:8–11 “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”

This is a very interesting text and the reason I am bringing it up is because Paul has been talking to us about the law in Romans. Here he is writing Timothy and adds a little understanding for us related to the law in the age of the gospel. Paul helps us understand this relationship in V8–9. The law is for the lawless. Look closely and you will see that the law is not for the just. That’s because the law cannot justify you or me or any sinner before God. In Christ, our standing before God is not defined by our own law-keeping, “for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4).

Let me give you a couple of points from the text to springboard into our study this weekend. Here Paul is referring to the ethical parts of the law, not the ceremonial ones. Paul is making it very clear that sin is not just something people do but actually what people are. People are not sinners because they sin but sinners, therefore they sin.

What I believe God wants us to notice here is that for those who care nothing about holiness, God’s word or God’s person then “the law” is for them – its for them. Right away we see one massive point of the law – it is judicial, not transformative. This means it only condemns and cannot change. We do not want to be under the law.

As a Christian, we now belong to another and the desire of God is that we would be changed to become more like Jesus and less like the condemned man who was under the law. This means there is need for a new way, other than trying to keep rules and laws. This new way is the life of the Spirit and that is where we will pick up our time in the Word this weekend. This series of sermons is really important to gain a correct understanding of how to walk in the Spirit and thus not gratify the lusts of the flesh.

I hope you can join us either online on Saturday evening and Sunday morning or Sunday night at 6:00 for our live service in the parking lot.

Thanks to all of you who have been so helpful as we are moving our offices to the church building. The work is plentiful but God has provided us with some great help from people like you. May He be the strength of your heart and your exceedingly great reward.

Blessings,

Pastor Scott

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