1 Corinthians 9:21 (NET) To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law.

In the old covenant, people believed that salvation could be received by keeping the laws of God. That is what it means to be under the law. It means believing that the reason you will be saved is because of certain laws you can keep. But when a person believes that he receives salvation because of the sacrifice of Christ alone, that is what it means to be under grace.

Anyone who is a believer in Christ is not under the 613 laws of Moses. He is not even under the Ten Commandments. He is under the grace of the Lord Jesus and is ruled by the LAW OF CHRIST.

Of the Ten Commandments, Jesus reiterated nine of them and gave us better context and understanding (see Matt 5-7). These are now known as the LAW OF CHRIST. They are based on love for God and love for neighbor. There are other instructions Jesus gave that were not captured by the Law of Moses. They include instructions concerning marriage and divorce, retribution, handling debts, prayer, handling anxiety and fear, forgiveness, etc.

If we as believers were under the 613 laws or even the 10 commandments, many of us would have been operating under a curse because scripture says cursed is everyone that does not continue to do all that is written in the book of the law (see Galatians 3:10, Deuteronomy 27:26). As Christians, there are many aspects of the law that we do not keep (like the law of sabbath or the laws of ceremonial cleansing, etc) and we would have been under a curse if we were to be under the law, but as it stands, we are not under the curse of the law but under the blessing of Abraham because we are not under the law but under the law of Christ – the seed of Abraham (see Galatians 3:13,16). 

Go into today remembering that the reason why you are saved is because of the grace of the Lord Jesus and not because of your ability to observe rules and regulations. Those under the grace of Christ live according to His will.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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