1 Corinthians 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
As Christians, we are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). That is clear from numerous verses of Scripture throughout the New Testament. The New Testament does not suggest we live under Law rather than grace but at the same time the Scriptures do not cause one to speak as though it is evil and useless. In fact it describes the Law as spiritual, holy, just, and good (Romans 7:12, 14). Some who emphasize grace today are leaving that impression. The New Testament does not suggest we ignore, discard, or view as useless the entire Old Testament Scriptures now that we are “under grace.” No preacher with a true revelation of grace will ever speak disparagingly of the Law or of the Old Testament. If they do, they only reveal their confusion.
There is often a disdain for any moral laws (standards of right/wrong and good/evil) in our culture that Jesus prophesied would happen near His Return. Matthew 24:12 says, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The word iniquity is the Greek word, “anomia,” which means illegality, violation of law, transgression of law, and unrighteousness. Its root word is “anomos,” which means lawless, not subject to law, without law. It denotes not absence of law but violation of law and carries the connotation of contempt for the law and includes a disposition of despising and hating the law.
This disdain for moral laws, theologically, is called antinomianiam. It comes from two Greek words, “anti,” meaning against and “nomos,” meaning law. Antinomianism means anti-law or against law. It is a belief and thinking that there are no moral laws God requires or expects Christians to obey. It takes a Bible truth and principle, “we’re not under the law but under grace,” to an unbiblical interpretation. Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness (Romans 10:4), and the length of the Mosaic Law was from Moses to Christ, but morality didn’t start in the Mosaic Law, it came from God’s character that exists before, during, and after the Law.
Christians are not under the Law of Moses but we are not without law (a standard of moral right/wrong and good/evil) to God. First Corinthians 9:21 says, “To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.” Galatians 6:2 calls that law the law of Christ, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ Galatians 6:2.” The teachings under grace have moral standards Christians are to obey. We are not lawless.
The Law with its commandments, judgments, and ordinances (Exodus 19-31) was given to them as one whole complete unit from God through Moses (John 1:17, Deuteronomy 4:1,2) and anyone who tries to keep it was obligated to keep it in its entirety or come under a curse (James 2:10,11; Galatians 3:10; 5:3). If a Law could have been given that could give spiritual life then righteousness would have come by the Law (Gal. 3:21). It could never impart life (Galatians 3:21), justify (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16), or bring anyone to perfection (Hebrews 7:18-19). That does not mean THE LAW IS USELESS TO THE CHRISTIAN AND EVIL. The Law is called holy, just, good and spiritual (Romans 7:12, 14) and things about God’s character can be learned from it. We can learn and profit from all Scripture inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The morality placed in the Law existed before the Law God gave Moses because it came from God’s character. His holy righteous character is the same before, during, and after the Law of Moses. Moral principles from God’s character are even repeated in the New Testament. The Law also has a permanent role and is still good if it is used lawfully to reveal man’s sinfulness and behaviors contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:8-10).
No, we are not under the Old Testament Law but we are under the law of Christ. No, we’re not under the law’s covenant of works for salvation/sanctification; conditional blessing order; or its dependence on the flesh. We’re also not under its condemnation, curse, or ceremonies/sacrifices. Ask yourself, though, is there any standard of morality (what God considers right or wrong, good or evil) in the Old Testament Scriptures that are also in the New Testament Scriptures? Everything in the Old that comes to the Cross is either abolished, elevated, or passes through staying the same being repeated in the New Testament under the teachings of grace. The moral law summarized in the Ten Commandments was the standard of righteousness before the Cross. There are teachings of grace or under grace that teach the same standards of morality after the Cross in one form or another.