The Power of Sin is the Law
Why do we have a law today? We are told that the world needs an ethical standard or an order of law to have morally correct and righteous societies. However, our society seems to be going into a downfall more and more, even when there are new additions to the law or there is a supposed increase in the enforcement of it. Definitely, the question comes in saying “will we ever get all people to follow or at least respect the law? Or will we have to ultimately surrender into corruption?”
Some people might blame the government, others might blame other people, many might blame cultures, or even the laws themselves (by the way, many laws are just plain confusion). Nevertheless, no one dares to analyze themselves and be counted as responsible for what goes on around them, but we justify ourselves in saying that we are a mere single human being that lives under a law. I’ve been asked “What is the view of the biblical materials on the role of ethics in the development of history?”
The bible is a spiritual and divine book and its purpose is to reveal to us the Christ. This book can only be comprehended through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, because it originates from the realm of the Spirit. We cannot use the bible to support human theories, philosophies, ideologies, etc. By doing this we completely misunderstand the purpose of the bible. The bible is not a book about the history of Israel or the law, but about the revelation of the way, the truth, the life, the light, and the love, who is Jesus Christ, who is God.
The Torah was given to people that were falling into corruption and forgetting to love God. It was given to the Israelites to prepare them for the understanding of what the coming of the Messiah would do for and to humanity. It was showing them the righteousness and holiness humanity would be able to live in through the Spirit of Christ.
What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. Galatians 3:19
Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45
He said to them, “This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.” Luke 24:44
But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets. Romans 3:21
Jesus is the righteousness of God that was revealed through the law and the prophets that had the spirit of prophecy, who is the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelations 19:10). Therefore, the law was given to the Israelites in a time when they needed the testimony of Jesus Christ that they may be differed from the practices of the other peoples of the earth. Yet, they still continued to live by good and evil because the law was just a shadow of the life, not the Life or Light Himself. As Romans 7:21 says, “I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present (Romans 9:32).”
This duality in the law did not stop the Israelites from mixing themselves with the cultures of the earth and partaking in their morally corrupt practices. And the question of “Why didn’t the law stop them?” arises. The answer lies deeply within the reason Adam and Eve had when they ate from good and evil; to be gods. They wanted the comfort of their own righteousness and not God’s. They wanted the comfort of the knowledge* of good and evil (*Romans 3:20) at the expense of losing the Life, who is the Promise.
No one could fulfill the law1. Jesus was the only man ever to fulfill the law2, and He was punished for it so that God could break the power of sin3 over humanity. Through His blood, Jesus came to restore what was lost in Eden, which is the access to the life, its knowledge, and holiness, which is the unity of our spirit with the Holy Spirit4. Jesus went with the Father and sent the Holy spirit that we may truly have faith, love, righteousness, and holiness.
1- “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
2- Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? Matthew 12:5
3- The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 1 Corinthians 15:56
4- But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
You see, the law only works for those who are under the flesh and its mind5. However, those under the Spirit are above the law6, but they still fulfill it7. Jesus broke the power of the law through the flesh8. Living by the law today would be living as if Jesus had not come to pay the price for our redemption. Ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus Christ would make us guilty of it9. Jesus did not abolish the law, but He fulfilled it, He fulfilled it for us so that whoever loves like He does and has faith in Him, might receive the Holy Spirit and accomplish the law, too10. Even so, the law is for the old covenant, toady justification and righteousness is found in the blood of Jesus, which is the new covenant.
5- Because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Romans 8:7
6- But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18
7- That the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4
8- For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; Romans 8:3
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2
9- I don’t make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21
You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. Galatians 5:4
What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be! Romans 6:15
10- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
The heart of the matter is that the law cannot be fulfilled without the Holy Spirit. You cannot tell a politician or anyone to live by the law of God, or to reform the constitution to be based on the law of God. The law by itself produces the wrath of God11, because you might accomplish 99% of it, but the 1% that you break makes you guilty of the whole law. What man is perfect enough to fulfill 100% of the law12? Transgressing the law brings judgment of God. A nation based on the law of God, but without counting the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice of Jesus in and the obedience, love, and faith in Him, becomes a cursed nation13.
11- For the law produces wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience. Romans 4:15
12- For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. James 2:10
They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt. There is no one who does good, no, not one. Psalm 14:3
He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17
13- For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Galatians 3:10
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” Galatians 3:13
You might see a corrupt nation and believe that they need a greater enforcement or tightening in the law, or they simply need a new government or a new law. Today, the world’s system is founded upon the choice of Adam and Eve, thus we have so much corruption (1 Corinthians 1:20).
God’s Kingdom has an ethical system that differs from any other we have known. It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit14. In other words, without the Holy Spirit there is no real or permanent peace, no real or permanent joy, and no true righteousness. Without the Holy Spirit there is no Kingdom of God. It would be like saying, “I want the Kingdom of God and its judicial system, but without God.” Well the same thing is true in saying, “I want a righteous nation, thus I will establish the ethics of God in my constitution, but without the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.” What sense, then, is there to establish the law of God if you are not going to count in the one who brings it to humanity in the first place? You cannot fulfill the law without the Holy Spirit, and you cannot have the Holy Spirit without repentance, a change in the way you think15.
14- For God’s Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17
15-“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2
For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to God. Galatians 2:19
Having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesús. Galatians 3:28 and Ephesians 2:15
For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4
Yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law. Galatians 2:16
Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin. Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. Romans 3:20 and Romans 3:27