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Why Not Try to Follow the Law?
I was teaching on the grace of God and the dangers of legalism from the book of Colossians a number of years ago at a Bible college.
After class a somewhat exercised young lady challenged my grace teaching with these words:
“What’s wrong with deciding to follow the Law if I’m already a Christian and get it that I’m saved by grace? After all, the Law is in the Bible and our church believes this (she read out of the doctrinal statement): ‘While the Law of Moses is no longer obligatory for believers, the Law has much to teach u regarding a joyfully Jewish way of life.’”
Suddenly I realized why she was so resistant to the message of Colossians—Christ in you the hope of glory. I also understood why she took offense at Paul’s warning in Colossians 2–do not be taken captive by legalistic teachers who try to get you to follow the Law.
I answered her question with one word and a warning.
The word? Galatians.
The warning? If you’re upset over what Paul teaches about the Law in Colossians you’re going to really be irritated over what the Apostle teaches in Galatians!
Because the Law Enslaves
Galatians says that there’s everything wrong with Christians deciding to follow the Law of Moses because there never was a “joyful Jewish life” under the Law. There was a lot of joy in their experience of God’s loving care and deliverance. But in their experience of striving to follow the Law there was only condemnation and death. God didn’t give Israel the Law so that they could experience a “joyful Jewish life” but to force them to admit that they were sinners in need of their Messiah-Deliverer.
Christians who follow the Law aren’t going to experience a “joyful Jewish life” but something else–slavery. And it’s slavery Paul is begging his readers and us to avoid in Galatians 4:8-20, maybe the most personal words from the pen of the Apostle of Grace.
Following the Mosaic Law is always the wrong choice for Christians set free to be righteous according to the Law of Christ.⇦Tweet that!
Question: Why do you feel the Law of Christ that sets us free from the law of sin and death is so difficult for Christians to embrace?