Why You May Be under the Law of God Today
The Bible tells us that the laws of the kingdom of God that define sin are good, holy, perfect, righteous, etc. Please note that some of these laws carry the death penalty and some do not. (1 John 5:16-17) Now a person must be subject to God before they can be under a law of His that define sin. Generally, you fall under a law by breaking it. Therefore, if someone is subject to a statute of the Lord and breaks that statute, they fall under that statute. Now, with these rules in mind, we can start to determine whether a person is under some statute of the Lord.
The will of God before sin was us not being under the law. Now when some of the angels sinned they fell under the good law of the Lord that defines sin. This means that they were subject to such laws of the Lord before they sinned. This also means that the good laws of God defining sin existed before the angels sinned. It necessarily follows that since the angels are immortal, the good law of the Lord that defines sin will always exist. Although Satan is now the ruler of the earth, all of its inhabitants are still subject to the good laws of the kingdom of the Lord. Therefore, anyone on earth can still fall under some good law of God that carries the death penalty if they sin.
The will of the Lord for Adam and Eve was us not being under the law. In other words, they would attain eternal life as long as they did not break a law of the Lord that carried the death penalty. We now know that before Adam and Eve sinned, there were good laws of the Lord defining sin. Let us get one thing straight from the beginning; we will always be subject to committing sin because of our free will. Furthermore, we will still be subject to committing sin after we inherit immortality because we will still have free will just like the immortal angels who sinned. Therefore, we will always be subject to the good laws of God that define sin. We know this because the Lord created us to be holy and blameless before Him.
After Sin from Adam to Moses
The will of God after sin was us not being under the law. An important fact needs to be understood at this point. That fact is that there is not a righteous person on earth who continually does good and who never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Therefore, 100% obedience to the Lord is not required for earning eternal life. Being righteous, holy, and blameless before the Lord means not being worthy of death. Consider the following three scriptures. (1) If someone sins worthy of death, they are put to death. (Deuteronomy 21:22) (2) There may be no sin in the person worthy of death. (Deuteronomy 22:26) (3) Those that practice such things are deserving of death. (Romans 1:28-32) Remember the wages of sin is eternal death; likewise, the wages of the righteous is everlasting life. (Proverbs 10:16, Romans 6:23)
The Bible clearly indicates that people obtained eternal life from Adam to Moses by not being under the law. It is written, “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 8:11) Moreover, it is written, “In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of Heaven, but yourselves being thrown out.” (Luke 13:28) Do you not know that the unrighteous cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Under the Old Covenant
The will of God under the Old Covenant was us not being under the law. By meeting the requirements for eternal life, a person could live forever. The Lord gave good laws that lead to everlasting life. (Leviticus 18:4-5; Deuteronomy 30:6-20; Nehemiah 9:29; Proverbs 4:1-9; Proverbs 7:1-3; Ezekiel 18: 17, 19, 21-22, 27-28) The Lord also gave some laws that were not good for obtaining eternal life. (Ezekiel 20:25) These not good laws are contained in the Book of Moses. These not good laws were added because of transgressions under the Old Covenant, until the New Covenant. (Galatians 3:19) In other words, the not good Law was a penal code only for the Israelites. In other words, the Lord put the Israelites under laws that did not apply to the rest of the world.
The not good laws were a tutor to lead people to Christ. However, since Christ has come, we are no longer under a tutor. (Galatians 3:23-25) They were weak and useless. (Hebrews 7:18) They related only to food and drink and various washings, and regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:9-10) The time of reformation was the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Therefore, we are not under those laws anymore. (Romans 7:6) Christ set us free from those laws of sin and death. (Romans 8:2) He canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He took it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14) All of the Apostle Paul’s negative comments about being under the Law are about the penal code in the Book of Moses.
Just for the Israelites
God made the Israelites do and not do some things differently than the rest of the world. For example, eating sweets is not a sin. However, a parent may punish a child by saying to them in the morning, “no more sweets until after dinner”. Now for a limited time, the child is under a parental law. Likewise, in general, it is not a sin to eat pork. However, for a limited time, the Lord did not allow Israelites to eat pork. In addition, in general, how you dress is not a sin. However, for a limited time, God had Israelites dress in certain ways. Again, in general, what the world sacrificed or offered was not a sin. However, for a limited time, the Lord did not allow Israelites to sacrifice or offer like the rest of the world. This is what “under the Law” means in the bible.
Under the New Covenant
The will of God under the New Covenant was us not being under a law. We know this because the Lord does not change. (Malachi 3:6) God does not change His spoken words. (Psalm 89:34) In addition, He does not change His counsel for humans. (Hebrews 6:17) Moreover, He does not change His calling for humans. (Romans 11:29) Are we not called by the Lord to be blameless and holy from the beginning? For those who disagree, let us look at some of the Old Testament precepts continued in the New Testament.
Sinning is not how we do not live under the law. A person is justified by good works and not by faith alone. (James 2:24) Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, just as the Lord is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil. (1 John 3:4, 7-8) Whoever is born of the Lord does not practice sin. No one who does not practice righteousness is of the Lord. (1 John 3:9-10) Let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep themselves holy.” (Revelation 22:11) Sinning puts a person under the good laws of the Lord, which define sin.
Being blameless and holy is how we keep from being under a law. Those who endure to the end will be saved. (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13) Work for the food, which endures to eternal life. (John 6:27) They know the ordinance of God that those who practice such things are worthy of death. (Romans 1:32) The doers of the requirements of the Law will be justified. (Romans 2:13) Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of the Lord. (Galatians 5:21) God chose us from the beginning to be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 1:4) We were created for good works, which the Lord prepared beforehand for us to walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10) Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10) God will give eternal life to those who sin not leading to death. (1 John 5:16)
Doing the will of the Lord is how we keep from being under a law. Those who do the will of the Lord who is in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21-23) You need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise of everlasting life. (Hebrews 10:36) Live the rest of your time in the flesh for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:2) Those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to Him by doing what is right. (1 Peter 4:19) The will of God is that humans do what is right in His sight. (1 Peter 2:15) Whoever does the will of God will live forever. Everyone who practices righteousness is born of God. (1 John 2:17, 29)
Doing righteousness is also how we keep from being under a law. Do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. (Romans 6:13) When freed from sin, become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:18) Present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (Romans 6:19) Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11) Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. (2 Timothy 2:22) Live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age. (Titus 2:11-12) Die to sin and live to righteousness. (1 Peter 2:24)
The will of God from the beginning was us not being under the law. Christ, who is the New Covenant, answered the question of are we under the good laws of God under the New Covenant. He said that if someone wants to enter into everlasting life, they should follow the way of righteousness. (Matthew 19:17, Luke 10:25) In other words, the conclusions when all has been heard is fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) A person can scream done away with under the New Covenant until hell freezes over as they say. However, they are not fooling God, only themselves. Consider the following.
- Do we nullify the good statutes of God through faith? NO! On the contrary, we establish the good statutes of God by obeying them. (Romans 3:31)
- Shall we sin because we are not under the Law but under grace? NO! (Romans 6:15)
- If while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves are found sinners, is God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit then ministers of sin? NO! (Galatians 2:17)
- If I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I make myself a sinner. (Galatians 2:18)
- Do not think that Christ, who is the New Covenant, abolished the Book of Moses or the prophets. (Isaiah 42:6; 49:8, Matthew 5:17)
Do Not Be Deceived
What I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:12-15) Do not be deceived; keep yourself from being under the law.