January 24, 2014 by AJ Briones
Being a Christian is awesome because we are freed from the grip of sin and we are now welcome to come back to the presence of God once again thru Christ Jesus. But this truth at times gets taken overboard by many Christian. People would say, the old law and new law established through Jesus Christ. At times it becomes an excuse for us (including me) to violate of take for granted the law. We keep on quoting the verse “…you are not under the law, but under grace” found on Romans 6:14. I could remember a statement I heard long ago from a dozen of Christians and it goes like this: “If you’re a Christian, you are free to do anything you want but as a Christian we choose not to because we love Christ.” (Taken from 1 Corinthians 10:23). Most likely, this may be true but we have in a way snipped a big part of this that gives truth to it all. We have forgotten to give credit to the law. At often times we associate the law to legalism and forget what the law is all about and for what it was established for.
Have you ever stood on a dark room where there is one simple spotlight pointed at you? What would happen? You would most probably cast a shadow. Well, that’s the law, may it be something found on our constitution or the Word of God itself. Romans 3:20 says,
“…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
The law is a standard and it exposes the shadowy depths of our hearts caused by sin. Yes, we are not under the law but that is under the context that we are not under it sting because we follow it out of love for God and not obligation. The law is a spotlight used to examine us. In the brightness of its beam, the standard of what is good and bad is seen and we are examined by it and by ourselves. The light of the law helps us be black and white; differentiating what is good from bad.
Now, it is up to us what we do with the shadow we cast. Either we turn on the lights to hide it or embrace it and live according to the word. Accepting that we are sinners and acknowledging that we have no power to remove the shadow we cast. Acknowledging that we need the power of Christ and that through Him we find a full brightness where no shadow of sin could be cast. That’s what the grace of God is. We don’t deserve the light. We don’t deserve to be saved by He chose to save us out of His unbelievable goodness and love.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13, NIV)
Have a Dosage of The Law.