We explained yesterday what the old law (as embodied in the Ten Commandments) is all about. Today, let's look at the new law. Romans 8:2 tells us this: "For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." What does this mean? A wonderful Presence enters our being when we are saved. It is the Person of The (Holy) Spirit. He is the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus! His Presence, in those who are born again, brings resurrection Life into us who are His. This Life begins to manifest the fruit of the Spirit which is "….love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…." (From Galatians 5:22-23). As this fruit is borne, we discover that the "righteousness" of the law is being fulfilled in (and through) us, not by us. The very commandments to which we could not measure up begin to be lived out in us and through us, more and more, by the sanctifying power and Presence of the Holy Spirit. He leads us into "all Truth" (The Word of God). (See John 16:13). This Truth "sanctifies" (sets us apart to God and from sin). (See John 17:17). He supplies the desire and the dynamic to live holy lives (i.e; this is the working of the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus). As He moves from being resident in our lives to being President of our lives, we see the righteousness of the law worked into and out of our lives. His "tool' for doing this is the written Word of God obeyed (as we are motivated by our love for God to be obedient). Thus, as the written Word is applied and obeyed, the holy character of the Living Word, Jesus, becomes observable by "unsaved" people around us, and attracts some of them to our Savior. Selah! (It is noteworthy that nine of the Commandments are, in one way or another, mentioned after the Cross. [The dispensation of Grace begins at the Cross and extends to the Rapture]. The commandment omitted is the Sabbath commandment. The reason for this is likely because the First Day is observed in recognition of the Resurrection. This resurrection Life of Jesus that we celebrate is what the Holy Spirit brings into us at the new birth. It is eternal life)! . Ron
"I am (Lit. I have been) crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live. Yet, not I, but Christ liveth in me…." (From Galatians 2:20).