Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So the law has been a servant to take us to Christ, so that we might have righteousness by faith. But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a servant for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith (Galatians 3:23-26)
This is a very touchy subject and am not going to tread softly! For a long time the debate has been ‘Are Christians under the law or not?’ Of course this debate has taken different forms such as; “Should women wear trousers or skirts?” “Should we pay the first fruits and tithes?” and many other such funny yet serious questions. Some people have fallen away from the faith while dealing with these questions either as the subject of the question or the one asking it. Some have been casted out of gatherings because they are not holy enough and some have kept themselves out of gatherings because they don’t feel holy enough.
But today we thank God that we are not left with guesses and feelings and random ideas and opinions but we have the word of God that is sharper than any edged sword and the Holy Spirit to tell us what to do. Before we begin I must warn you that this article will be loaded with scriptures that you can check up and verify yourself so if you for some reason do not believe in the entire Bible as the Word of God please don’t continue reading. If you believe, please take a minute to say a prayer for the eyes of your understanding to be enlightened so you can comprehend this truth.
Our goal is to answer this question: Are Christians under the Law?
From the above text, I should say that the answer is fairly straightforward.
NO! We are no longer under the Law of Moses!
For emphasis sake, I would interpret the above verse, it says; before Faith came, we were confined to stay and obey the law. It equates the law to a restraint; something that keeps us from behaving in a disorderly manner. The law was also equated to a servant or a caretaker who watches someone’s children till their parents came and when the parents come the caretaker is paid and released to go home and the parents resume care of their kids. Once the parents come, the children don’t have to obey the caretaker anymore because they now have their parent to guide them. The caretaker is no longer needed. Please note it doesn’t means the caretaker no longer exists but it means the caretaker is no longer needed!
Now let me tell you a brief bible story.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and made man to control and dominate it.( “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. – Genesis 1:28) The earth was placed under man’s care by his creator/father, God. (The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” – Genesis 2:15) Some things happened in the mix and man (the child) misplaced his inheritance and thus had to be legally thrown out thus being separated from the father due to sin. God can’t behold sin or uncleanliness thus he couldn’t behold or fellowship with his children (man) in their fallen state. He knew the only way he could maintain his relationship with man was to redeem him from his sin and bring him home once more (But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8). So he went to work on that but while all that is going on; the child was out alone and left all by himself in a lawless world. The father then in his love decided to introduce a caretaker something that can take guide that child as we would if he was there (Exodus 20). In comes the introduction of the law and the prophets; these were to pass messages along to the children of God, guide the Children of God’s actions and help chart a course for that that will eventually connect them to the plan of God. Some generations later, God comes back to redeem his children by putting an end to the body of sin on the cross thus making any man who comes under that covenant to become righteous (“But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. – Romans 3:21-22). Once Christ died for our sins, we all became righteous again and are now back home, in fellowship with the father (“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” – 2 Cor 5:17-18) no longer in need of a caretaker or a set of rules to guide our actions because we now have God living in us and guiding us himself (“You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” – Romans 8:9). We no longer need people to speak to God on our behalf and bring back a message for us, we can approach him directly and do that ourselves (“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true-it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. – 1 John 2:27)
Simple ehn! If you are a born again child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, you are no longer under the law to obey it. You now operate under the Law of Life in Christ Jesus! (because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:2) The entire law has been filled in Christ Jesus and that sinful body that needs to be under a caretaker has been done away with. (“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. – Roms 6:6)
Some people are still under that law though. “For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” – 1 Tim 1:9-11)
Can I Still obey the Law?
If you still insist on obeying the law now, please go ahead. Just keep in mind that obeying the law now means you neglect the finished work of Christ on the cross and are going to establish your own righteousness by works and not by faith.
“For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. Romans 10: 3-4″
Also note that if you decide to obey the law, you need to obey all of it.
“For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands”. Romans 10:5 NLT
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty”. – James 2:10-12 (KJV)
So if someone asks you why you are wearing trousers (A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the LORD your God – Deut 22:5), kindly ask the person if all the clothes on their body right now are made of the same material because if not they have also broken the law (“You must not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven together. – Deut 22:11) Also please tell every man who tells you not to use makeup because it is not holy not to shave his beard because if he does, he will be breaking the law also (Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. – Leviticus 19:27)
There is even a law against sweating for prophets (When they enter the gates of the inner court, they are to wear linen clothes; they must not wear any woolen garment while ministering at the gates of the inner court or inside the temple. They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen undergarments around their waists. They must not wear anything that makes them perspire.- Ezekiel 44:18) so you may want to tell the pastor that tells you to obey the law to obey it himself and spiritual woman to not come to church when she is on her period either. (When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. – Lev 15:19)
With no intention of being offensive or offending anyone, I hope I have been able to show you that MAN CANNOT FULFILL THE LAW! That’s why we need a savior. And you can’t pick and choose what laws you obey and disobey! So choose wisely, if you want to remain in your own works or want to come into the finished work of Christ.
Please note this is not a license for lawlessness. (Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? – Romans 6:1-2) A heart that is truly born again and renewed by the Holy Spirit will not desire to sin nor do things contrary to the leading of the Holy Ghost. So if you have been led and have the conviction in your heart to wear only skirts and no makeup, please continue in it as long as you don’t believe it makes you more righteous than the sister who wears trousers and uses makeup. Let everyone do everything for the glory of our God!
But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble. – 1 Corinthians 8:9 NLT
God bless you!