NOT UNDER THE LAW BUT NOT LAWLESS

GODS CHARACTER IN HIS 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).

 

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 antinomianism. 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.

 

Under grace, we don’t make void (destroy or make useless) the law (Romans 3:31) but we establish (hold up) the validity of what God said was moral in the Law God gave Moses, which also becomes internalized in us (Hebrews 10:16, 17). 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).

 

To all the antinomians, anti-law, against law Christians, and those that believe the Law is useless for the Christian under grace in the New Testament. Take a look at the comparison chart of “God’s Character In His Law.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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