“How do I know I’m under the law?” “What does it mean to be under the law?” “I’m I under the law?”
These are some questions folks ask me when I talk about been under the law.
Today, I’ll give a comprehensive answer here. If you also have such questions in your heart then you’re just on time and in the right place.
Before I begin the diagnosis I want you to know this: Being under the law is a mindset, its a belief system, a mentality.
There was a way things were done under the law that is quite different from how it is today under the dispensation of GRACE (Jer. 32:31-32; Heb. 8:8-9). We have a lot of believers who though they are in the New Testament they live and operate by the dictates, principles and mindset of the Old Covenant.
Here you go;
• When you’re not really sure that you are forgiven:
God does not forgive installmentaly. He forgives instantly and completely. All your sins have been forgiven – past,present and future. Ps. 32:1-2; Jer. 31:34; Matt. 26:28; Rom.4:5-8; Heb. 8:12; Heb. 10:17; Rev. 1:5
• When you always feel guilty, condemned, rejected and unworthy: Jn. 3:14-19; 5:24; Rom. 5:14-21; Rom. 8:1,34; 1 Jn. 3:20-21.
Under Grace you shouldn’t feel this way but if you do its because you’re under the yoke of the law. Its the law that condemns us.
• When you think that working out your salvation means working for your salvation(Phil. 2:12):
Working out your salvation does not mean in any way to work for your salvation,it simple means take advantage of your salvation. Morever,even doing this is the inner working of God in you. Read Phil. 2:12-13.
• When you see the Bible as an instruction book:
Beloved, the Bible is God’s love letter to you. Its not a book of rules and regulations.
• When you think God will only bless you when you do your part:
Grace is God’s part your part is simply to believe. God blesses us because he is good not because we are good. We don’t do right to be blessed(though right doing can attract blessings the basis for God’s favours is what Christ did for us not what we can or are doing for him),God blesses us to make us do right. Rom. 2:4; Acts 2:38; 2 Kings 5:1-17; Luke 5:1-10; 7:36-50; Luke 8:1-3; Jn. 5:1-14;
• When you think that the remedy for lukewarmness is to do more activities:
The cure for any degree of lukewarmness is to hear or be reminded of the finished works of Christ. See this examples: Luke 5:1-10; 7:36-50; 8:1-3
• When you’re always conscious of your debt to God:
Beloved, Jesus has finished paying your debts to God you’re no more owing him. He is not going around hunting you to pay the debt of sin or whatever. Col. 2:14-15; Luke 7:41-42; Rom. 4:25; 2 Cor. 5:18-19,21.
• When you think your illness, misfortunes or whatever is God punishing you:
God does not punish people out of sin he LOVES us out of sin. God CANNOT punish you, ALL the punishment that is accrue to you was lavished on Jesus(Isa.54:7-9), non is left for you. Rom. 2:4; Jn. 9:1-3; Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:12; 10:17
• You think there is too much emphasis on the goodness of God:
We can never over emphasis the goodness of God. Infact we are under-emphasising it. Rom. 2:4; Acts 10:38; Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 4:8
• When you think that you may miss it and your name could be wiped out of the book of life:
Nothing can undo what Christ has done for you so nothing can cause you to lose your salvation. You’re forever safe in his hands. Jn. 6:37-40; Jn. 10:27-29; Phil. 1:6; Heb.7:25; Jude 24
• When you think heaven is a reward for your good works:
Good works is good we should do them always, but it can’t take you to heaven. Jesus only is the license to heaven not morality. If good works or morality is what takes us to heaven then the Old Covenant saints would have gone to heaven but non did until Jesus shed his blood.
• When you think its your responsibility to serve God and court his love and acceptance:
God loves you and accepts you based on what Christ did on calvary not your ability to corner him your way with good works. Jn. 3:16; Eph. 1:6
• When you think Christianity is all about suffering, self denial, carrying crosses and self punishment:
While self denial may be good its never the basis for our relationship with God. Jesus is. Christianity is the Great Exchange. The just for the unjust(1 Peter 3:18). Christianity is about receiving,experiencing and enjoying what Christ has done for us not us trying to manufacture ways to get stuff from him or carrying crosses around. Jesus carried your cross you have no cross to carry.
• When you think we need more preaching on sin, hell, judgement etc:
Preaching such will only modify peoples behaviour it won’t transform them. True transformation comes when we encounter his goodness(Rom.2:4). Remember Peter in Luke 5:1-9?
• When you think you have to avoid sinners and expose their weaknesses to be right before God:
Jesus was called friend of sinners (Matt. 11:18-20), he ate and dine with sinners(Luke 15:1-3) to love them out of sin. He never posed himself as a sin hunter. Why not be like Jesus or do you hate sin more than Jesus?
There goes the checklist!