Read Romans 6:12-18.

v 8 .We know that the law is good when used correctly.  For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy.

This is an area of thinking where Paul was often misunderstood, so it is important to get the point of his teaching. Here is the central issue of it:

 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! ‘(Romans 6:14-15)

We could never become acceptable to God by keeping all these laws. By faith in Jesus we have been forgiven our past misdeeds and set free from the law’s requirements in the future. The Law no longer has any hold over us because we now live in the realm of Grace. We are now united with Jesus and the Law was perfectly fulfilled by Him. But the Law still has a hold in the lives of those who will not follow Jesus – they remain subject to its demands and penalties. Jesus-followers are now free to choose what is right as the Holy Spirit guides and empowers them. The Law, with all its penalties, remains the standard by which others will be judged.

So Paul is able to call believers to get their priorities right: love is the major key; let other decisions fall in line behind it.

Friday 13th May Hub Daily notes