Christ is Your Environment (Part Five) The Believer In Christ and The Law

One thing important to note is that since the law was the schoolmaster it has to be done away with in order for faith to come, and actually no one has the ability to demise the law from the scene. I mean to be able to fulfill the demands of the law, by rightly interpreting it and establish its purpose. Remember, the law couldn’t make anyone righteous because righteousness cannot come by the means of the law (Gal 2:16). When Jesus came He said something concerning the law and his relationship with it and on the cross He said something about it and again after His resurrection He also said something about it. The statement He made at the beginning of His ministry about the law rightly showcase what His mission is as thus stipulates “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:17-19). 

The statement above speaks volume about the regard Jesus has for the law, and in a way it exposes the fact that He has come to bring the law to logical conclusion that will definitely liberate humanity from its entanglement. It is obvious that the work of the law was to expose the weakness of man and not to bring him to perfection. As a result, inasmuch as the law is concerned, every man stands guilty because no man was able to fulfill its demands. Interestingly the statement of Jesus signifies that it was for this purpose He has come and for this reason he was born under the law in order to free them that are under the law as stated in Galatians 4:4-5 and I quote “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.” The situation stands that the continuous existence of the law implies that no man will ever be qualified to be called a son to God, because the law is a barrier to that effect. Apostle Paul writing to the Romans in chapter 7 of that epistle verse one he stated and I quote “Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 

Now the whole of that chapter was devoted “to them that know the law” in order to unfold the intricacies of what it means to live under the auspices of the law. He emphasizes to them the fact that living under the law means one being caged in a place unless the cage is being broken freedom is then given. But the situation here is a very delicate one for the one who is in the cage, because he has no ability or what it takes to free himself from the cage and as a result he continues to be under a perpetual bondage. The only solution to this perpetual and miserable condition is faith. Faith becomes the most needed and necessary factor in bringing people out of the bondage of the law, and that was what the message of Christ brought to humanity. Apostle Paul therefore echoed to his audience that the acceptance of the finished work of Christ means freedom from condemnation which is what the law offers. 

This is possible because Jesus after he must have finished His earthly ministry and went to the cross and on the cross he exclaimed “it is finished”. Meaning the demands of the law (the old covenant) has been fulfilled. Thereafter, when He resurrected He made it known to His disciples that “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” (Luke 24:44). The fulfillment of everything written in the law and prophets means that He interpreted all that is written concerning Him and as a matter fact concluded the demands and thereafter ushers in faith. By reason of what He has done, the message of His finished work became the power to save man, because by this message, salvation is offered to mankind. Therefore, what the Law of Moses could not offer to man, the message of Christ has offered man on the platter of faith (Acts 13:38-39). Hence faith becomes the vehicle through which man is made righteous without the law and salvation is obtained. 

On that note, faith overrules the law because in the presence of faith the law is rendered ineffective and if the law is rendered ineffective by faith; it also implies that faith as well overrules the power of sin because sin is powered by the law (Rom 7:8-9).