Living in God’s Gospel Blessings:

The Gospel Dissolves and Takes Away
All of Our Guilt, Fear and Judgment

 

 

Roger Himes

This session is a really huge stumbling block for any religious minded person who even has a toe in the law, because they live in  “All the Light We Do Not See.” Living in anything other than the gospel truth, or if we mix anything with it, we live in ‘all the light we do not see.’

Yet, the reason there is no more guilt, fear or judgment is because there is no more LAW. It is abandoned by God. It’s impossible to miss this is what is said, except Satan and the law deceive us. It repeats this a lot. Plus, the Old system of law was not meant for us GENTILES at all! And we are ALL Gentiles unless we were born a Jew!

Romans 2:14 says, “When the Gentiles, who do NOT have the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, NOT having the law, are a law until themselves.” Notice that he even repeats this twice. He says very emphatically: the law is NOT for us Gentiles. I said I grew up in the law. No one ever told me this.

Now, being abandoned and abolished does not mean it has been cut out of the Bible. Paul even says, “The law is good, IF we use it lawfully… knowing this, that the law was NOT made for a righteous man” (I Tim 1:8-9).

How is the law used lawfully? Romans 3:19-20 shows it is lawful to use the law (1) to show we are all guilty before God (thus we need Jesus), and (2) also to allow the law to define sin. Paul says he didn’t know sin except by the law.

Jesus says he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it (Matt 5:17-18). Yet, II Corinthians 3 clearly says the law has been abolished — even the 10 commandments. In Ephesians 2:15 this is repeated: the law of commandments have been abolished. They have been abolished by the fact we no longer must live by them, especially us GENTILES, to whom the law was never given at all.

Hebrews 10:9 says Jesus came to do the will of God, and the way he did it was that, “He took away the first that he might establish the second.” In context it is clearly talking about taking away (abolishing) the first, Old Covenant law, and replacing it with the New Covenant gospel.

We are told that reading the Old Testament law blinds our minds to the truth, and puts a veil over our heart so we cannot see the gospel truth of Christ (II Cor 3:15-17). This doesn’t mean we should never read the Old Testament. As Paul would say, “God forbid!” But we should not read it to adopt it for our lifestyle today. It has been abolished for this purpose. We read the Old Covenant law to see how much of a better New Covenant we have today (Heb 11:39-40). The Old has been replaced with the New Covenant gospel.

If we live by law, we become trapped in it. “For Moses described the righteousness which is of the law: that the man who does those things shall live by them.” (Rom 10:6). When we live in anything other than the truth of God, it has us, we don’t have it! We are captive to it. This is why Paul says we are captive to Satan when we don’t live in the truth, and we’ve got to ask God to give us a spirit of repentance to acknowledge his gospel truth or we remain captives (II Tim 2:25-26).

Paul says if preachers preach the law, they do not know the harm they are doing, and how the confident assertions they make to people hurt them and their beliefs (I Tim 1:7).

 

 

We Are Not Justified by Law

No one is justified keeping the law (Rom 3:20). We are only justified if we are separated from the law (Rom 3:28). We only live unto God if we are dead to the law (Gal 2:19). We cannot be justified by the works of the law, but only by the faith of Christ (Gal 2:16).

If we live by law today, we are cursed (Gal 3:10).

Christ is the END of the law for righteousness to ALL who believe, meaning belief in the gospel (Rom 10:4, 10:16).

If we don’t acknowledge the truth, God sees us as ‘opposing ourselves,’ and that we must desire repentance to acknowledge the truth. This is the only way we recover ourselves out of the snare of the devil, who takes us captive by his will if we don’t live in gospel truth (II Tim 2:25-26). This is where true spiritual warfare is either won or lost.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the LAW (Gal 3:13). Christ redeemed us from HELL, but he also from having to live by the guilt and condemnation-producing LAW (Rom 3:19).

Galatians 3:19 says the law was only to be temporary.

It was ‘added’ until ‘the seed should come.’ In verse 16, we see the seed was Jesus. He came so the law is gone. Jesus came to fulfill the law for us. Now we take all of our thoughts captive to his obedience to the law on our behalf (II Cor 10:5).

The law was like a demanding drill sergeant, called a ’tutor,’ to bring us to Jesus (Gal 3:24-25). The reason this occurs is because it shows us that we cannot live life on our own, and without Jesus. Living in the law, everyone fails (Rom 3:10, Acts 15:10). In the gospel, we all succeed!

“I Paul say if you are circumcised (the first step in keeping the law), then Christ will profit you nothing” (Gal 5:2). We are now the circumcision due to the gospel (Phil 3:3). It will sure be foolish to stand before God and say, “Lord, Jesus did not profit me at all because I chose to live by law, and not by the gospel that you required us to live by.”

If we choose to live by law, we are a debtor to keep the whole law, and Christ becomes of no effect to us because we have fallen from grace (Gal 5:4). James 2:10 says the same thing: “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in ONE point, he is guilty of it all.”

“The strength of sin is the law” (I Cor 15:56). Why in the world would anyone want to be dominated by law that produces sin? The law is a carnal command, and our flesh cannot abide by it (Heb 7:16, Rom 7:5).

Sin has no control over us because we’re not under the law, but under grace. We are free from sin (Rom 6:14).

“You have become DEAD to the law by the body of Christ, that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead” (Rom 7:4). “Our Old Man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be destroyed”

(Rom 6:6). We know this is talking about the law because

I John 3:4 defines sin as ‘transgression of the law.’

Transgressions (sins) were only under the first, Old Covenant (Heb 9:15). If we’re not living in the Old Covenant we are not in sin, because again, sin is transgression of the law. Paul says this in Romans 5:13: “Until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed (held against us) when there is no law.” Because the law has been cancelled, and because Jesus became sin for us, and because Father forgets our sin, we have diplomatic immunity from sin (session #6).

The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2).

This is because the Old Covenant law is old, decaying in the ground like a dead corpse, vanishing away (Heb 8:13).

 

WHY Was the Old Covenant Law Taken Away?

– Paul says it is because it made our faith void, and made the promises of God of no effect (Rom 4:14).

– It also produced the wrath of God (Rom 4:15).

– It was contrary to us and was against us (Col 2:14). This verse says Jesus nailed it to his cross. It died with him.

– The law also deceives us, so today it is a tool of Satan, who is called the deceiver (Rom 7:11).

– The law creates enmity, hostility and contention

between us and God (Eph 2:15-16).

– The law was weak (Heb 7:18).

– The law was unprofitable (Heb 7:18).

– The law made nothing perfect (Heb 7:19).

– The law was for prior times, not now (Heb 9:9-10).

– The law blocks the mercy of God (Heb 10:28).

– The law brings condemnation and death (II Cor 3:6).

 

 

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart


One reason David is called a man after God’s own heart is due to his having more revelation of the finished work of the cross of Christ, 1,000 years before it happened, than most of us have today, 2,000 years afterwards.

Paul quotes David: “Even as David also described the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness without works saying, ‘Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin’.” (Rom 4:6-8).

God does not impute sin to us because he not only forgives it, but also forgets it (Heb 8:12, 10:17). It is pretty hard to hold someone accountable for something that you have forgotten about. This is a hard truth for us to stomach because we never forget anything bad done to us. We remember it to our graves. Plus, we know that God is ‘all-knowing,’ so how can he possibly forget? The truth is it just one of the divine capabilities God has that we don’t have. Some questions just don’t have answers. That’s why we are called ‘believers,’ and not ‘understanders.’ 

Sin is linked to law. “By the law is the knowledge of sin.” The ministry of John the Baptist was that of the repentance from sin (Mark 1:4). I’ll bet he knew he was speaking himself out of his job, when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who TAKES AWAY the sin of the world.”

Jesus said no one was GREATER than John the Baptist, — but then added that he who is LEAST in the Kingdom of God was greater than John (Matt 11:11). The Kingdom is the New Covenant gospel he came to bring. This shows New Covenant gospel power over the Old Covenant law.

 

 

Here Is An Old Covenant, Legal Nightmare

The law is not of faith (Gal 3:12).

Anything not done in faith is sin (Rom 14:23).

Does this mean it is SIN to live by law today?

We must be dead to law to live unto God (Gal 2:19). If we are trying to live unto God, but we are also living by law, this is a contradiction in terms, like mixing food and arsenic.

It’s like mixing the blood of Jesus with the blood of animals.

 

 

What the Law Does, If We Try to Live It

– It robs God of his glory.

– It robs God of unity with us, and us with him.

– It robs us of Kingdom identity: who we are in Jesus.

– It robs God and us of a mutual exchange of love.

– It robs gospel truth and power from us.

– It robs us of grace and faith.

– It robs others of unguarded fellowship with us.

It is because the law condemns, causes guilt, judgment and criticism. It makes us compare ourselves and compete.

We must live in God’s righteousness, and not in our own righteousness under the law, which is living in SELF. “They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God” (Rom 10:2-3).

Paul says he wants to be found in Christ, “Not having my own righteousness, which is by LAW, but that which is by the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” This is the great battle Satan wants us fighting: SELF vs. GOD. When we are self-focused, we can’t see gospel light.

 

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NOTE:

I hope you connect with these first 3 gospel aspects,
in the first 3 coaching sessions.

If you do, the rest come much easier.

If you don’t truly connect with the first 3,
they rest become more difficult to believe.

The Gospel Life Coach

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