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Freedom through the Cross: Freedom from the Law

May 27, 20124 Comments

The cross is the place where the old came to an end and where the new began.  The life which God means the Christian to live can be lived only from this beginning.  L.L Legters

Do you know that you are freed from the law?  The Cross truly is our rally point for freedom in our new lives. We are free from the reign of sin, and justified by faith from the conviction of sin due to Adam.   Jesus died on the cross for us to be completely free and the law is no exception.  Read and learn how you are freed from the law so you can live free in Jesus Christ.

What is this “law” that we are freed from?  It’s simple, but there are a few differences in the use of that word, I’ll briefly explain them here, you can look at the notes for a full explanation.

The most common use of the word law is in reference to the Mosaic Law, the law God gave the children of Israel through Moses.  Within the Mosaic Law there was the moral law represented in the Ten commandments, the ceremonial laws for cleansing which governed religious life, and the civil laws which governed distribution of land, marriage etc.

The Mosaic law was very strict, it says that you died without mercy on the testimony of two to three witnesses.(Heb 10:28)  Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery, according to the law she was suppose to die.  Ultimately the law was a shadow of God’s righteousness and judgment.

There are other laws mentioned in the bible. In Rom 8:2, is the law of Sin and death.  This law was seen operating in the garden, it was operating when Satan rebelled in heaven, and ultimately this law is operating over all who are not in Christ, because the bible says, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us (believers) free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Rom 7:4)

There are different ways to annul a law.  We died to the law through the body of Christ.  Through Jesus’ vicarious death (Gal 2:20), we are counted by God as dead to the law.   There are some who try to be free from the laws of a land by disregarding them, that doesn’t work because disobedience doesn’t remove the law.  Some move from one state to another to get away from laws they don’t like, but who could move away from God’s jurisdiction and His laws.  Jesus’ death on the cross is counted as our death, where we become dead to the law.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Rom 1:16)

We died to the law as a means of salvation, and as a means of attaining righteousness.  Under the law we pointed to what we did, since we have died to the law as a means of salvation we point to what Jesus had done. It’s Jesus who lived perfectly, fulfilled all of the law, and He was the perfect sacrifice.

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; (Rom 3:21-22)

The law showed the Children of Israel the righteousness of God, and if they were to attain to His righteousness they would have to obey all of the law.  Who could obey all of the law? If they broke one they were guilty of them all.  God didn’t intend for us to work for righteousness, that would not be of grace and it would leave room for us to boast.  Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Rom 10:4)

…you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Rom 7:4)

By being united to the Lord, all of the righteous demands which the old husband made are easily fulfilled.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Gal 5:14) We now live by the very life of Him to whom we are married, He gives us His overflowing life. L.L Legters

Jesus gave  mercy before the cross, but His death on the cross gave freedom from the law. This freedom is not just for us to relax in and thank God that we’re not under the law.  It’s for us to be free to really live for God.  Before our old husband required things of us that we couldn’t do, our work was forced and laborious.  We also had a law working in our bodies (sin) that contributed to the dysfunction, so that we couldn’t do what we wanted or were asked to do. (Rom 7:8-13)  Now we are freed from our old husband, married to Jesus, so that our lives can produce, and bring forth the things that God desires.

For complete study notes and outline click here. Outline adapted from L.L Legter’s Freedom Through the Cross 1935

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  1. Karien says:

    “It’s Jesus who lived perfectly, fulfilled all of the law, and He was the perfect sacrifice.” This is so true. So many people still think that we need to add to Jesus’ sacrifice in order to make it more complete. The truth is that Jesus fulfilled the entire law and He was the perfect sacrifice. He FOREVER, COMPLETELY cleansed us (Heb 10:14).

  2. kirraantrobus says:

    Excellent post! I think it might have been a bit better with some Greek. 😉 I left you a reply to your comment, in case you’ve not seen it yet, and I’m also subscribing to your RSS feed. http://kirraantrobus.blogspot.com/2012/05/minimalists-guide-to-bible-study-tools.html

    • Thomas Smith says:

      You might be right!LOL Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting, and hope the subscription is a blessing to you… 🙂

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