The Christian’s Rule of Life: Christ or Law?

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The Christian’s Rule of Life: Christ or Law?

Oct. 3 2010


Note:  Jack’s audio sermon does vary from these notes…


Throughout Scripture we are told that a person is not saved by keeping the law but by grace through of faith.

And thank the sovereign grace of God that there are many people who have believed the message of grace.

However, they believe that they must now put themselves back under the principle of law keeping for their sanctification– their rule of Christian life.

To put a Christian under the law as a means of making them holy is totally unscriptural and unwittingly produces the opposite effect.

Today most churches that I have studied no very little about living the Christian life by grace through faith.


Col 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.


Purpose: To learn from Scripture that to place a Christian under the law as a rule of life is

blatant unbelief in the Holy Spirit’s revelation concerning how a Christian is to grow in Christ.

The focus of the Christian life is Christ not the law.

 Php 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.




Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.


1. Gentiles were never under the law of Moses in the first place.


Rom 2:12  For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned

 in the law will be judged by the law

Rom 2:13  (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

Rom 2:14  for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these,

although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

Rom 2:15  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness,

and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)


Rom 9:3  For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen

according to the flesh,

Rom 9:4  who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law,

the service of God, and the promises;


Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant,

then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.


Deu 5:1  And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak

 in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.

Deu 5:2  The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.



2. Christ death was the fulfillment of the law and the end of the law principle.


Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.


Heb 9:15  And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption

 of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Heb 9:16  For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17  For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.


Heb 7:14  For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.


Heb 7:18  For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Heb 7:19  for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20  And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath

Heb 7:21  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:


Heb 7:22  by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Heb 7:23  Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.

Heb 7:24  But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since

He always lives to make intercession for them.

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,

 and has become higher than the heavens;

Heb 7:27  who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and

    then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Heb 7:28  For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath,

which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.


Gal 4:4  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

Gal 4:5  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.


Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, s

o as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,


Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.

And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.


3. The Law of Moses for a Christian is bondage that will profit him nothing. And any attempt to keep the Law of Moses will keep the Christian from living the life of Christ by grace through faith.


Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

Gal 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

Gal 5:4 you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.


Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2 this only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4 have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?


Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.


 Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.


Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Rom 7:4  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 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.


Act 15:5 but some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them

 and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

Act 15:6 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.

Act 15:7 And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren,

you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

Act 15:8 So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He didto us,

Act 15:9 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?


2Co 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you

 or letters of commendation from you?

2Co 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

2Co 3:3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God,

not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

2Co 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.

2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills,

 but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious,

so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.


4. Our life with Christ begins at Mt. Calvary not at Mt. Sinai and our new life in Christ is now in  heaven with the resurrected Christ.


 2Co 4:5  For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.

2Co 4:6  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts

to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

2Co 4:8  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2Co 4:9  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

2Co 4:10  always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

2Co 4:11  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2Co 4:12  So then death is working in us, but life in you.

2Co 4:13  And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED AND THEREFORE I SPOKE,”

we also believe and therefore speak,

2Co 4:14  knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will presentus with you.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward manis being renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding andeternal weight of glory,

2Co 4:18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.


Col 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Col 3:5  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion,

evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Col 3:6  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

Col 3:7  in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

Col 3:8  But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

Col 3:9  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

Col 3:10  and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,



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