[Romans 3:27-4:12] Who are the people God blesses? The biblical answer will probably surprise you. In this episode we dive into the key scriptures on the righteous OF FAITH and NOT by the works of the law. God is always and ever the SOURCE, the MEANS and the GREAT END of all that is good (Romans 11:36). The only person that God considers righteousness is the one who DOES NOT WORK, but believes on Him — has faith in Christ — who justifies the ungodly.
Not Under Law
In this study, we take up the second half of Hebrews 9, verses 16-28. We talk about:
- Wills, testaments and covenants: what they are, what they have to do with Jesus and what they have to do with YOU.
- The vast difference between the Old Covenant/Testament of law, which left us in sin, defeat, incompleteness, and condemnation and the NEW Covenant/Testament, leading us to the remission of sins, completeness, victory, closeness with God and God’s blessing.
- We also look into what the shedding of Jesus’ blood accomplished for us, how Jesus was offered ONCE to bear the sins of many.
A visitor to our website responded to our article, Not Under Law: What the “Struggle Verses” of Romans 7 Really Mean by writing:
The problem with this article is that you don’t understand history, which gives you a false understanding on how to interpret scripture.
The God of Israel gave the instructions (the law, the first 5 books of the bible) to Israel at Sinai setting a precedent on how to know if a prophets is of God or not.
The law is the standard to the rest of the scripture.
So to have the understanding that Paul seeming says we are “not” under law but under grace, would mean that Paul is a false prophet and should be stoned according to the God of mt Sinai.
Paul is not above God, and he has no authority to change what God said at mt Sinai.
So question really isn’t law and grace.. but:
Is Paul a false prophet?
Are “you” misinterpreting Paul?
Since others may be making the same mistakes that our visiting friend has, I thought I would share my response to his concerns in this article:
Many well-meaning Christians believe they are still under law, yet are ignorant of what the law really says. Galatians 4:21 (NKJV) says: “Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?”
Jesus shed His blood for it.
He gave His life for it.
Yet very few Christians know anything about it: It’s the New Covenant.
Our series, “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant” is well underway. Join us as we dig into the amazing truths found in Hebrews. There are several ways you can get the series:
- Here at our website, click on the “Podcasts menu item above or click on the “Series” menu item above, then “Hebrews: the Glory of the New Covenant”
- You can subscribe to the “Daily in Christ” podcast via the iTunes Store.
By Mark VanOuse
Grace does not enable us to “get away with sin”, but enables us to get away from sin.
It’s odd how some think that when we tell Christians that they are under grace that somehow we are enabling people to get away with sin, when in fact the Bible teaches us just the opposite: the grace of God enables us to to get away from sin. …
When most Christians think of Romans 7, they think that this chapter deals chiefly with struggling with sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this podcast, we take a close look at the entire chapter, particularly the theological verses of 1 through 13. When we take a look at this chapter in its full context, the real meaning of the “struggle” verses of 14 through 24 becomes crystal clear.
The results will surprise you. You’ll see what the relationship is between law, sin and the sinner on one hand and grace, freedom and the saint is on the other.
This is part 5 of our series, “Living in the Reality of Perfect Sanctification”. In this lesson we delve into the following topics:
- Do Christians have a “sinful nature”?
- What the difference is between the “sinful nature” and the “flesh”.
- How that a sinner sins because they have a sinful nature versus the fact that a saint sins, contrary to their god-given holy nature, because they are deceived.
- A saint sins because they are trying live under law, rather than living under grace.
- How Adam and Eve sinned, even though they didn’t have a sinful nature or a sin consciousness.
By Mark VanOuse
A friend of mine raised a very good question: Does blessing really precede obedience?
The question came up in the context of my saying that one of the greatest things I’ve learned in my Christian life is the vast difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. How that, as Christians, we are not under the Old Covenant of Law, blessings or curses given based on our performance, but under the New Covenant of grace, granting us blessings from God based on Christ’s performance. “In other words”, I said, “under the New Covenant, the blessing precedes our obedience. We obey because we are blessed in Christ (Eph 1:3), not the other way around.”
That statement threw him off. He emailed me and said, “Why is this ‘God blesses us, and then we respond in obedience’ idea not more clear in Scripture? You would think God would want it to be clear. I would like to hear your answer to that.”
Here, then, is my response: …
By Mark VanOuse
A truly righteous man says, “I don’t need the law, I need The Lord.”
 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers . . . (1 Timothy 1:8-9, NKJV)
Did you know that a truly righteous man will actually run from the law? Why? Because the law places the demand on his “righteousness” (which is no righteousness at all), not God’s righteousness. Philippians 3:9 makes the point quite clearly:
not having my own righteousness, which is from the law . . . …
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3 NKJV).
Most Christians, like the Jews of Paul’s day, are ignorant of GOD’s righteousness. They don’t understand God’s GIFT of righteousness (Rom 5:17).