“No Longer Under Management” (Galatians 5: 22 – 23, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Against such things, there is no law.”

I think the Christian walk is a walk of a positive life — a life of love, gentleness, patience, goodness, self-control, joy, calm, peace, forgiveness, understanding. As Paul says, “against such things, there is no law.”

Law is a negative. Law tells us what we must not do. Law condemns. Law separates.

Jesus came to fulfill the demands of the Law, living to serve and reflect only His Father, dying to free us from sin and death.

“We are enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time comes, God sends forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who are under the law, so that we may receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4: 3 – 5)

In the Christian walk, we are “sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3: 26) “The law is our guardian until Christ comes…But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” (Galatians 3: 25)

Therefore, let us walk in freedom.

2 thoughts on ““No Longer Under Management” (Galatians 5: 22 – 23, ESV) by Carley Evans

  1. the word law is deceptive if we are not careful to apply it correctly.
    We are made free from the old law… in the sense that the ceremonial law, the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer are not the way we offer atonement for sin any longer, but with one sacrifice Jesus has perfected forever them that are sanctified.
    Yet we are still under the law of Christ… Christ didn’t just come and die on the cross, but He first came and lived and showed us an example of how we are to live (ref. 1 Peter 1:21-25).
    And how did Jesus live? He had this testimony, “I do always those things that please Him” (ref. John 8:29).
    Therefore though we are indeed free of the old law of circumcision and animal sacrifices, we are no less to keep God’s commandments as Jesus taught and commanded us… love your enemies, don’t look on a woman or man to lust after him, be ye perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect, ect.
    1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeh sin trangresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”
    By this point we see there is a law that remaineth.
    James also speaks of the law… this again is not the old laws as Paul talks about, with divers washings and cardinal ordinances, but the new law, which Paul says love is a fulfilling of.
    Yet it is true that if we walk in the Spirit we are not under the law (ref. Galatians 5:18), because the Spirit will not guide us into anything that is contrary to the law, but will ever lead us to please God. The law then and therefore is for the lawless (ref. 1 Timothy 1:9); that they might know and understand their sin. The law is to make sin appear exceedingly sinful as Paul wrote in Romans 7:13.

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