Meditations on the Law of Christ

We who are redeemed by the blood of Christ, who believe in Him as our Lord and Savior, have been freed from the law (of the Old Testament). We no longer live under law, but under grace! What an amazing God we have who would free us from the shackles of sin (which were made evident to us by the law) and brought into the glorious riches of His mercy and grace. And these He poured out on us at the cross, when His only Son, Jesus Christ, was made the perfect sacrifice on our behalf. The wrath of the Father that we fully deserved, was poured out on Him, and His righteousness was imputed to us. God crushed His only, beloved Son that those who repent and believe in Him as their Lord and Savior, will be saved from sin and eternal damnation! And they will be brought in the glorious light of a right relationship with God, our Father. How can we not worship Him!

And yet Jesus did not come without commanding us, who believe. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34). We who believe are under a new sort of law, the Law of Christ.

This new law, however, does not justify us before the throne of God, but is a command to respond to the grace of God already poured out on us. Paul elaborates on how we fulfill this law: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). To love our brothers and sisters in Christ (specifically in bearing their heavy burdens) is to fulfill this command from Christ. And praise the Lord that He has supplied us with the power and grace to love one another in such a selfless way. Without the good news of Jesus Christ, and His work in our hearts through His Holy Spirit, as our central focus, our obedience to Christ could easily become just another pursuit of righteousness through legalism. Let us love one another with the gospel, by the power of the gospel being worked out in our own hearts by God!

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