The Believer and God’s Law
When it comes to the correct understanding of a believer’s responsibility to the law of God, we must first realize that God’s Holy Law (the Ten Commandments) cannot bring ONE LEGAL CHARGE against a justified sinner – “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:33)
If you’ll notice, Paul clearly stated that God “justifieth”, i.e., God is the One who declared His elect legally righteous and holy based SOLELY on the perfect life and obedient death at Calvary of the elect sinner’s substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ – “Being justified freely (literally, as a free gift) by His grace through the redemption (freedom obtained by payment of the ransom price required) that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:24)
As far as God’s holy law and justice is concerned, every sinner Christ justified at Calvary is declared “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight” (Colossians 1:22)
Now I know the legalist will shout, “If you tell a sinner he has no legal obligation to God’s law, you’ll remove any motive to obedience from sinners.” Listen to me well: I refuse to deny God’s children the bread of comfort Christ purchased for them at Calvary by His death in order to please those who ignorantly promote religious obedience in lost sinners by threat of punishment or promise of reward.
If you are trying to keep the law in order to attain salvation, or maintain salvation, you are lost and still under bondage to sin, no matter how moral, sincere, or dedicated you might appear to men. Paul wrote: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (The LAW). Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, CHRIST SHALL PROFIT YOU NOTHING.” (Galatians 5:1,2)
What then is a justified saint’s responsibility to the law of God?
Every justified saint has a far greater responsibility to obey God’s law than we ever had under the legal, works religion we were all raised under. We don’t seek to keep the law as a means to attain or maintain our salvation, but out of grace and gratitude to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us, we do seek to obey Him in every area of our lives. We also are always aware that our salvation is in NO WAY conditioned on our obedience, or even our faith – “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5)
As a dear brother told me: “The justified sinner has for his starting place, what the self-righteous religionist has for his goal.” The lost sinner is seeking to establish a righteousness by his religious obedience and duty, while the justified sinner can serve God acceptably by virtue of the fact he has been “made (legally declared) the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Nothing is more comforting than to know you are accepted of God in Christ Jesus.
By R. Warmack