The law in not made for a righteous man!  Are you righteous?  This statement and question were the first challenges to the stronghold of the law in my heart. These words were spoken to me with faith and authority by the apostle Doyle Davidson and they pierced my heart. I was raised in religion and under the Ten Commandments. We even tried to keep them (although we didn’t know what day the Sabbath was). There are two truths here I want to share with you as they were revealed to me. (1) That you and I are righteous and (2) Jesus was the end of the law for the righteous.  While these words could be considered heresy by the religion I was raised in, it is clear in the bible, that these truths are part of God’s plan of reconciliation.

God Made Us Righteous.

Righteousness of the law is self-righteousness, but

“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto God imputeth righteousness without works” (Romans 4:6).

It is God that imputes His righteousness to us and it is not based on our works. He doesn’t do it because of what we do or do not do. Or, thou shalt or shalt not.

Romans chapter 1 states:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (v16)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, the just shall live by faith.”  (v17)

The righteousness of God is revealed in the Gospel; the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. (See What is the Gospel).  When we believe the gospel, the righteousness of God is imputed to us. Paul states in Romans 3,

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (v21)

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.  (v22)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (v23)

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (v24)

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (v25)

To declare, I say, at the time his righteousness:  that he might be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (v26)

Faith in the gospel, in the shed blood of Jesus, is what makes us righteous.

The Law Is A Curse.

When we do works of the law or try to "be good” by keeping the law, we put ourselves under a curse. Why? Because if you transgress one law, you have transgressed all of the law, and transgression of the law is sin. Read Galatians 3:10-13, which I repeat for you here.

“For as many are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (v10)

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for the just shall live by faith. (v11)

And the law is not of faith: but the man that doeth them shall live in them. (v12)

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every on that hangeth on a tree:” (v13)

Can you see that? The just shall live by faith and the law (which includes the 10 Commandments) is not of faith. We cannot live by faith and be under the law of Moses.

The Law Is Not For You.

Have you ever wondered why the New Testament is called “new”?  Because it is a new covenant between God and man, with Jesus the man being the mediator.  (See Jesus is a man).   Moses was the mediator of the Old covenant.  Both covenants are of God and both are holy; it was God’s choice to set aside the old for the new. Going back to the statement I used to open this teaching, I want to show you 1 Timothy 1:9-10;

“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  (v9)

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;” (v10)

If you find yourself in this list, then the law is for you.

The Law Shuts Up Your Faith

If you are having trouble believing what God did for you when he sent Jesus to the cross and raised him from the dead, it is because of the law of Moses (including the 10 commandments) that is in your heart. Let’s read Galatians 3:23-25:

“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (v23)

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (v24)

But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” (v25)

The law shuts up our faith so we cannot believe God.  We want to follow a set of rules rather than trust God and be led by His Spirit.  The law brings us to Christ, but once we are born again (receive Jesus in our hearts as Lord), we are no longer under the law. Does that mean you can now do what you want, including breaking the law? Not if Jesus is your Lord. If he is your Lord, then you will do his will. Romans 8:14 states;

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.

You have to be led by God, not do what you want, following a set of rules.

The Law and Sin

If you are having a problem with sin in your life, it is because of the law and you do not believe that God dealt with sin on the cross. Jesus paid the price for our sins and we were freed from them.  Paul writing in Romans, chapter 6;

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (v22)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (v23).

Verse 23 says the wages (rewards) of sin is death. Under the law of Moses, you would be put to death without mercy for breaking any of the commandments. Jesus paid that penalty for us and since we are no longer under the law, the penalty does not have to be paid again. As these verses state, we have eternal life through this new covenant. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 states that;

“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law”. (v56)

Who needs that?  In Romans 3, Paul states;

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (v19

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (v20)

The law gives us the knowledge of sin and makes us guilty before God, whereas faith in the gospel makes us as though we have never sinned.  Again, as for the law, who needs it!  For my self-righteous friends who think that they have perfectly kept the law of Moses and have never sinned, I will remind you that the law shuts up your faith and Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him:...”.

Romans 14:23 says, “...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin”.

If you are honest with yourself, you can see that being under the law has not been God’s will for almost 2,000 years.

The Law Has Been Set Aside

The fact that the law has been set aside is so important and fundamental to walking as a Christian, it is dealt with numerous times in the new testament. These scriptures do not have hidden meanings but are plain and simple so that only the blind cannot see what they say. (Be encouraged, Jesus came to give sight to the blind).  These verses do not have to be explained, only believed. Here are just a few:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances.” Ephesians 2:15

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14

“He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”  Hebrews 10:9

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”  Galatians 4:4-5

“But now hath he (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” Hebrews 8:6-7

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” Hebrews 8:12-13

Jesus Fulfilled the Law

Jesus said in Matthew 5,

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (v17)

Jesus fulfilled the law by paying the penalty of the law for us. If these words make you angry, it is the law in you and your faith is made void.   See Romans chapter 4 where Paul is talking about Abraham, the father of faith, who was before Moses:

“For the promise, the he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but the righteousness of faith. (v13)

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:  (v14)

Because the law worketh wrath, for where no law is, there is no transgression.” (v15)

We too, can fulfill the law by being led by the Spirit. Paul in Romans 8:4 states “...the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but, after the Spirit.”

Romans 13:8 says “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

And in Galatians 5:14 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself.”

When I was first confronted with all of these scriptures, I wondered how could this be? This goes against the doctrines of Christian denominations, yet here it is clearly spelled out in the bible.  My prayer for those of your reading these words is that you consider what they say and ask God for understanding.

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