Sunday, August 25, 2013

Children of God who are led by the Spirit, and NOT by the law

Galatians 3:10
  • For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."

One of the easiest and fastest way to be under a curse is to rely on one's own works of the law. Yes, if I or you rely on our own works of the law, we are, by definition, already under a curse since anyone who does not continue to keep the whole law perfectly and completely is cursed.

Therefore, everyone is under a curse since no person can keep the law perfectly (except Jesus who actually kept the law perfectly). 

It is such a foolish thing to rely on our own works of the law since we cannot keep it perfectly. We'll always fail at some point of the law. 

Additionally, we need to get our curse to be taken care of, and Jesus took the curse for us on the cross. 

Now, we are free from the bondage of the law and we are led by the Holy Spirit. We now rely on the Holy Spirit for our salvation and sanctification.

The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in what we should do and how we should go about it.

The law has no place in leading us since the role of the law is ended with having led us to Christ. 

Galatians 3:24
  • So the law was our tutor until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.

This doesn't mean that we are now free to sin because we are not slaves of sin either. We are not the slaves of the law or sin. We're rather the slaves of Jesus Christ. We are the slaves of the Holy Spirit.

The definition of the slave in this sense is that we hear the word of God, and obey His word willingly and completely. 

The keeping of the law and obedience are different. The keeping of the law is done with our own works and we get the credit for it. However, obedience originates from faith in God and holding God's word above other people's word.

Galatians 5:16-18
  • So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 

  • For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 

  • But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Romans 8:14
  • For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

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