Have you ever gotten bogged down by the thought of keeping all the laws handed down to us in Old Testament Scripture? Who of us could even come close to such a difficult task? And, aren’t we as Christians free from that requirement anyway? Not free from avoiding sin, but free from the legalism of trying to keep all the laws which no human possibly can.
As with all Scripture, the law mentioned in the Old Testament is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). Our Father God wants us to know His laws and His expectations. As a New Testament believer of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, I think the purpose of the Old Testament law is to define for us what sin is. That is, if there were no law we would not know what is right and what is wrong (sin). I do not, however, believe that we can keep every one of God’s laws…not of our own strength.
In Romans chapter seven Paul vividly paints a picture of the war which wages inside of us. A battle to follow the law which is good versus the desire of our sinful nature to do as we please. In verse twenty-four Paul asks a question of hope, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death”? Who indeed?
If we stopped reading after Romans 7:24 we would not know the glorious truth that is Jesus Christ. We are delivered from the impossible burden of “trying” to keep the law because of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
The law was made an impossibility because of our sinful nature, but the once and for all sin offering of God’s only Son has set us free. Free to sin without consequence? Absolutely not. Free to find redemption and right standing with the Father? Totally.
As Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. I am confident of the truth in this verse. Christians are no longer subject to a feeling of condemnation, however, being convicted when we sin is how the Spirit brings us back to a place of repentance before God. This necessary repentance leads us to redemption.
The takeaway? None of us are perfect. Because we are human we are subject to temptation and we will sin. But, the mistake of sin does not have to be our final stop. Jesus Christ died for all sin forever; we only need to ask for His forgiveness. As we repent and reestablish connection with the Holy Spirit of God we will be convicted by that same Spirit when temptation strikes again. Pray for the strength of the Spirit; ask Him for His help over temptation and sin. Ask in Jesus’ Name and you shall receive (Mark 11:24).
“Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus’ death for the sins of all mankind. Provide opportunities for me to share this Good News of Jesus’ sacrifice for Your kingdom’s glory. Thank You, Father, that we have eternal life because of Your merciful gift. May we never take Your gift for granted, Lord. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen”.
Kami R. Lobner