Why Are Christians Not Under the Law

AnointingOilHighPriest1Why are Christians not under the Law of Moses? The answer is simple, Christ is the fulfilment of the Law. Once we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and God, our relationship of faith in Him and His work of redemption for us causes God to impute righteousness to our Heavenly accounts (Romans 4:5, 24 & 10:4).

Furthermore, while we are still under the moral law (for example, you shall not commit idolatry {idol gods}, adultery, you shall not kill or steal), since the ritual portion of the Law was all pointing to Christ Jesus, once He came to Earth, and appeared on the scene, as the Law had prophesied, then there is no longer any need to practice ordinances and rituals pointing to the Messiah Who was to come. Why? He has already appeared and fulfilled everything that the Law had prophesied about Him except, His end-time reign on planet Earth.

But let us hear from Jesus, Himself, as to what He said about the Law. Matthew 5:17 He says,

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

Jesus actually said He is the One that the Law pointed to. He is the One that the holy sacraments, sacrifices, and symbolism of the Law were trying to teach the Children of Israel concerning Him. We are shown this clearly in Galatians 3:24, when it says,

‘Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.’

Now That the Law Has Brought Us to Christ, What Now?

Why are Christians not under the Law of Moses?

The next verse in Galatians chapter 3, verse 25, tells us when it says,

‘But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.’

Notice, in these verses, the Apostle Paul calls the Law a schoolmaster (or tutor). After we have discovered Christ Jesus, and learned about Him from the Law, the next step is to place our total and complete faith in Him. Once our eyes are on Him and our faith is IN Him, we now longer need a tutor or a schoolmaster about Him.

This means, we no longer need to follow all the rituals, holy days, and sacrifices of the Law of Moses (Galatians 4:9 & 10). This does not mean, however, that we no longer follow the moral law found in the Law of Moses, like, for example, the Ten Commandments. These are the behavior toward-our-neighbor, type laws that remain in universal effect according to Galatians 5:14,

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Furthermore, the Apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear what will become of those Christians who put themselves under the Law of Moses in Galatians 5:2 & 4, He says,

“Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.”

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

Can any more be said as to why are Christians not under the law? Christians are not under the Law of Moses because we are under the Grace of God, by faith in Jesus the Christ (Romans 3:24-26).  A-MEN