The Law has got to be, without question, the most controversial subject in the word of God. It’s a subject matter that the Apostle Paul dealt with, over and over, in every letter that he wrote to the churches in the Bible. The Law is divided into three parts: the Ceremonial Law, the Social Law, and the Moral Law; which we call, The Ten Commandments. The Law was given to Moses when he came to Mount Sinai, after the Israelites came out of Egypt. That was over 400 years after Abraham died. “The promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not to Abraham or his descendents through the Law but by the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13) “Now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed…” (Romans 3:21) The promise of God was that righteousness would be imparted to man by faith apart from the Law, to Abraham and his descendents. In Galatians 3:29, it says, “if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendents, and heirs according to the promise.” All of this was apart from the Law. When you read the Gospels, you find that Jesus was always being confronted by religious people, who considered themselves to be under the Law of Moses. After the churches were established, the same people got in and convinced many that they were saved by the blood of Jesus, but, they also convinced them that they should keep the Law of Moses. In 2,000 years it still has not changed.
The Law is all about your performance. The cross, the death, the burial, and the resurrection are all about Jesus’ performance, not yours. Some people teach, and preach, that the Social Law and Ceremonial Law, were done away with, but the Moral Law, which is The Ten Commandments, is still in existence. But, if you read second Corinthians 3, you will find out that it says, “the Law which was written in stone was nailed to the cross.” The Ceremonial Law and the Social Law were handed down through memorization. Only The Ten Commandments were written in stone, and they were nailed to the cross! Colossians 2:14, tells us that the handwriting of requirements that was against us and contrary to us was nailed to the cross and taken out of the way. Did you notice; they were requirements that were against us and contrary to us? In other words, The Ten Commandments were something we could never live up to. But the good news is that God never gave them to us to live up to! He gave them to us so that we might understand His standards. And His standards were so high that they were contrary to man’s lifestyle and behavior. Therefore, once man understood God’s standard and that he himself could never measure up; he would be forced to cry out for mercy. Thus, it is written,” God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
The verse we just looked at in Colossians 2:14 said that the requirements of The Ten Commandments were against us and contrary to us. The requirements were, “thou shalt” and, “thou shalt not.” In other words, we were to do this and not do that. But every time we failed, which was constantly, Satan used it to condemn us. And condemnation is the soil from which grows all of our problems. I know that’s hard for some people to believe. But think back to Adam and Eve, when they sinned, and they heard the voice of God, they were filled with fear. The Bible says they “hid themselves.” That’s because of condemnation! They felt condemned because of what they had done. Up until this time they walked with God and in all of God’s blessings and favor. Men are constantly trying to convince Christians to live holy and God-like, and we should. But they’re going about it the wrong way. God said, “it’s not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” If you can change your behavior on your own, why do you need God? The way to get people’s behavior to change is to get their thinking to change. Right believing leads to right living. When you think and believe that you are righteous, you will start acting like you are righteous. When you try to act righteous, when you don’t really believe you are, it will lead to frustration, which in turn, will lead to more unrighteousness, and more and more condemnation. Romans 8:2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you’re feeling condemned, it did not come from hearing the real message about Christ Jesus. Condemnation can only come when you are focused on your performance and not on your Saviors performance.