I’ve had these thoughts for a couple weeks now, unsure of how to express them fully. They are not profound thoughts, just a new way of looking at things through the lens of Christ. These thoughts are wrapped up in a few verses starting with these:
I would not have come to know sin except through the law. Romans 7:7
The law was a child conductor (guardian;custodian) to bring us to CHRIST Galatians 3:23-24
I’ll give a little intro to hopefully show you how I have arrived at some of my conclusions.
Given a New Nature
For a believer, there is that moment when God causes us to realize that we are a sinner and in need of a savior. It is at this moment when the Law has completed it’s jobs. The Law had two jobs, one to reveal to us our sins and sinful nature, and two, after we realize this, we’re brought to the savior, CHRIST. We are then baptized, buried in death, and raised to walk in the newness of LIFE. In baptism we are making a statement that we have died to our old sinful nature, and now we are born again as a new creation with a new nature.
We hear this in Gal 2:20 when Paul states that I have been crucified with Christ it is no longer I (the old me) who lives but Christ in me. The new nature we’ve be given is Christ HIMSELF.
We also hear this in 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Our old nature and way of doing things has passed away in our death union with Christ. Also, in that same moment, we were resurrected with Christ and made a new person, a new creation with a new nature and a new way of doing things. Now we are in a time of growing up into that new nature and way of doing things.
New Beginnings-But Wait
So we begin our new life as a new creation, but then we turn around and are met with a new set of Christian laws. Laws that we have chosen to govern our behavior, teach us and guide us and keep us. These Christian set of laws are a list of do’s and don’ts that we place upon ourselves or others have placed upon us. This now becomes the new LAW, the new child conductor or guardian.
Who Told You You’re not New
I am going share the two thoughts that came to me through all these verses. I see these thoughts in light of 1 Timothy 1:8-9
But we know the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully. We also know that the Law is not made for the righteous but for the Lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers.
We know the Law is good, IF one uses it lawfully. For us to reconstruct a new set of laws after being made a new creation, then we are not using the law lawfully.
The law is only good when we use it in the way it was intended to be used, and that was to show us we WERE sinners. Get it past tense- WERE sinners. But we are no longer sinners! We are a new creation and this new creation does not need a set of laws to continue to show it that it’s a sinner. I am not saying we cannot sin, but if we are to sin now, it is to live far below our new reality of being a new creation with a new nature.
Trying to keep our new laws only reinforces the old reality and mentality of being a sinner and not the new reality and mentality of being a holy one, a saint, and a righteous one in CHRIST.
We see this in the second part of the sentence in 1 Timothy- We know the Law is not made for the righteous.
Did you know that IN CHRIST you are righteous? So you no longer have a need for a set of laws. We see Paul talk about this as he reminds the saints in Corinth, did you know that:
He made CHRIST who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in CHRIST. 2 Cor 5:21
Also in Romans
For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. Rom 5:19
This new creation no longer has a need for the Law, only CHRIST. Our new laws don’t take us to Christ, they turn our focus to ourselves. The new creation needs to be sustained by CHRIST not the law. When we create a new set of laws we are, in our minds, essentially nullifying the work that Christ completed on the cross in making us a new creation. Our own set of laws only continue to point us to the fact the we are sinners, because we cannot keep our own laws. Our set of laws reinforce the wrong reality. CHRIST said, “You are a new creation so look to ME. I am everything you need to live in a new way with your new nature. Quit looking at your set of laws, look at ME! It’s your laws that are telling you you’re not new. Quit looking at the law to tell you who you are now-look at ME!”
Who is Your Teacher?
Here is my other thought, the second way we can use the Law as unlawful is as a substitute teacher. Gal 3 states that the Law was to be a child-conductor to lead us to CHRIST. It never said the Law was the teacher, it said it was a child conductor and it was to lead us to our true teacher, CHRIST. We have only one teacher now and that is CHRIST. We can always trust our teacher to let us know when we are or are not doing what is right. This is called living by LIFE.
The new true Law is a person and His name is CHRIST. He is the new Law and He teaches us to live by HIM. He is the only one who has kept the Law perfectly and knows how to continue doing so. The new creation needs to be sustained by CHRIST, not the law. So now, as a new creation, when a situation is presented to us and we don’t know if we should or shouldn’t do something, we don’t look to our set of laws to tell us, we ask CHRIST Himself.
This can be scary because we have been conditioned to trust the LAW to show and teach us everything. The Law can feel safer than the freedom we have when we’re living by the indwelling Life of Christ. There’s freedom because we can trust that He is never going to lead you to break any law. The wonderfully glorious thing is that the perfect Law keeper is living and breathing in us!! We can turn to and ask CHRIST should I do this or that and TRUST that we have the One in us who knows how to keep the LAW perfectly. He not only wants to show us which way to go, but also be the Life we need to implement what He shows us. That is true freedom! Christ in us the hope of glory!