Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Under the Law of Christ

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John 13:34-35 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The believer is not actually under the 613 commandments of the Old Testament nor is he even under the 10 commandments, but he is under the law of Christ. Here's what Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:20-21 (NET):

"To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law." 

If we as believers were under the 613 laws or even the 10 commandments, many of us would have been operating under a curse because scripture says cursed is everyone that does not continue to do all that is written in the book of the law (see Galatians 3:10, Deuteronomy 27:26). As Christians, there are many aspects of the law that we do not keep (like the law of sabbath or the laws of ceremonial cleansing, etc) and we would have been under a curse if we were to be under the law, but as it stands, we are not under the curse of the law but under the blessing of Abraham because we are not under the law but under the law of Christ - the seed of Abraham (see Galatians 3:13,16). 


There are parts of the 613 laws and the 10 commandments that our Lord Jesus [and His apostles] reiterated, and there are new commandments(like the one mentioned in today's Bible verses) that our Lord gave to His church. These are what we call the law of Christ, and this is what the believer is under.


As believers in Christ Jesus, we are not under the law of the Old Testament, but we are not lawless because we are under the law of Christ. The commandment to love one another as Christ loves us is one of the commandments in the law of Christ. The commandment for children to obey their parents in the Lord is another(Ephesians 6:1), and the commandment for believers not to repay evil for evil but to turn the other cheek and even love their enemies is another. 


Go into today remembering that you have received a new nature that compels you from within to live in a certain way. You have received the nature of Christ. The law of Christ has been written in your heart or spirit. Walk therefore in the spirit and appropriate the blessings of the divine life.

—Abraham Dami Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Ezekiel 13-18 (in today's audio)

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