The Purpose of the Law for the Believer

The Law is a revealer of God.  For the unsaved the breaking of Law is the basis for God's punishment, and all have broken the Law.  The scripture says  Romans:3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and  Romans:6:23:For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Once we have received the gift of God by faith in Jesus Christ we are saved, and things change.  What changes is our relationship to God.  When we were unsaved, we were enemies of God and under His judgment and wrath, but now that we are saved, we are no longer under His wrath nor judgment.  Romans:10:4: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

So our relationship has changed, this is what we call the new birth, being born again.  2Corinthians:5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

It is not possible to speak of the Law with respect to the believer without speaking of the Holy Spirit.  At the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit comes into your heart and indwells you until the time you go to heaven.  Ephesians:1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Ephesians:4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

This Holy Spirit is a part of God Himself and not only ensures your salvation, but is present to reveal God's will to you.  Part of God's will for the believer is to make you into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans:8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans:8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The image of Christ .. who is God . Whom we can know through the Law.  Salvation is not the end of the road for the Christian, but it is the beginning of a more intimate knowledge of whom God is.  The Holy Spirit is the revealer of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the unsaved, and to the saved.  He will lead you and guide you in all truth, what truth?  The Law.

Are we under the Law, NO, but as we are taught by the Holy Spirit the deeper things of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are learning in essence the Law.  John:16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

How does the Law then relate to the believer?  He is understood by the believer just like hot soup, a little sip at a time, as the believer is able to receive (understand) Him.  Some progress very quickly, and some not so quickly, but I think that all progress.

The relationship of the believer to God is similar to a relationship to a father, in fact, He has become our heavenly father.  He doesn't want to hurt you but wants you to grow for your benefit.  And not only for your benefit, but for the benefit of others that you may touch in your Spiritual journey toward Spiritual maturity.

How many of us have heard the words "if your my child the please act like it?" well, God wants you to act like it also, not in your flesh, but in your following the Holy Spirit.  Romans:8:4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  In other words, if we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit then we display God's righteousness.

Test time!  If we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit then do we lie?  Do we steal?  The answers of course is no, but these are God's Laws!  Yes but we cannot display Gods righteousness in our own power, we weren't saved in our own power but were saved by faith in God's power, and we cannot display God's righteousness in our own power, but only in the power of the Holy Spirit.

So there once again we reap the benefits of God's plan in responding to Him.  First we are saved, by responding to His gift of salvation, but then once we are saved, if we respond to His Holy Spirit, we have a more intimate relationship with God Himself, and we store up rewards in heaven, and something else very important!  As we display God's righteousness we attract others to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians:2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  When the unsaved see our works then they see Jesus, and when the saved see our works then they are encouraged, so their is benefit all around by our simply submitting ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit.

Do these works get us to heaven?  No absolutely not!  But they reveal our relationship with God to others, they bring others to a closer relationship to God, they introduce the unsaved to salvation, they store up rewards for us in heaven, and we enjoy the fruits of the Spirit.  Galatians:5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith

I hope that every saved person reading this is encouraged to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  You have a tremendous effect on those whose lives you touch every day, so  Galatians:6:9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

I know I haven't spoken to the subject of the worldly Christian yet, but I will address this in another post, suffice it to say for now that the worldly Christian does not lose their salvation.