Mixing Grace and Law is the Spiritual Adultery.

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Jesus wants to love you, he came a long way from heaven leaving all the Glories of Heaven, to earth and in the likeness of man, He wooed us for 3.5 years in His miraculous ministry on earth, then through His death he redeemed us to become His brides at a costly price.

Rom 7:1-6 speaks about how we were first married to the Law.  There is nothing wrong with the Law, he is holy but he cannot make us holy, he is good but he cannot make us good, he is perfect and that lies the problem, because he is so perfect that he demands perfection from us that we cannot fully perform, and thus the Law has to curse us when we fail.  Married to Mr. Law resulting in Christians living in guilt-ridden, defeat and condemnation.

As we were stuck married to Mr. Law, the only way to be freed from him, is only that Mr. Law is dead.  And since the Law could not die, then consequently we are the one who had to die, in order to be freed from Mr. Law.  But Jesus wants us live, and thus, Jesus himself provided the death for us to free us from Mr. Law.

Rom 7:1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
Rom 7:2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
Rom 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Notice here was mentioned of being an adulteress if one was married to another while the other in the marriage, is not dead.  This also connotes that now since Jesus has provided the death for us and He had been resurrected, and we are now married to Jesus, and if we are to go back to the Law, will also means an adulteress.  How do we possibly go back to the Law while still married to Jesus ?

Rom 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

The verse states that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit, and no longer in the old way of the Law.  Many Christians are still unwilling to do away or dump the Law completely.  They live in the mixture of Law and Grace.  Yes, I was saved by Grace but after I was saved I have to obey / follow the Law.  This is precisely it means by Spiritual adultery.  You are saved by Grace and you are to live by Grace too, whereby all you need to obey / follow the Lord in your life, be it the way to conduct your life, or day to day wisdom needed to live, how to deal with people, how to talk to your spouse, how to raise up your kids; yes, ALL knowledge & wisdom will be provided for and guided by the Holy Spirit who lives and resides inside you!  You don’t need the Law to guide you anymore, what you need is Grace (Jesus) who is now living in you (Holy Spirit).
Eg. when someone approach you with a proposal, do you feel at peace in making the decision? or is there something groaning inside you being not at peace? That is the Holy Spirit talking to you.  The Law could only tell you “don’t commit adultery” but it cannot tell you to love your wife. But Holy Spirit will do much more than the Law, He will tell you to hug & kiss your wife on your way out to work, or buy flower for anniversary. He will tell you to apologize when you said something not pleasing to her, etc.

So, today dump away Mr. Law completely from your mind, you don’t need the Law to guide you, and the more you are conscious of the Law, the more likely you will fall into sin, for the bible said so!  (1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.)   The Law is the one stirring your desire to sin some more.  Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 

The Law aroused the sinful passions that are already in our flesh. Eg. a glass of still water looking clean but underneath having sediment with all impurities. We (spirit) have been saved but our flesh still carries propensity to sin.  The Law is a silver spoon which stirs up the sediment (sins). The spoon carries no impurities, but it only stirs up what is already there, the sediment of impurities (our sins in our flesh).  This is the purpose of the Law, to bring up sins and bring the end to ourselves, and makes us aware that we need a Savior!

What Jesus wants us to do is REST in Him by remaining in His love, as Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (John 15:9).  Jesus did not ask you to do anything to have His love, nor for you to perform a task to earn His love; but for you to remain in His Love only, i.e. to know and believe that God the Father loved you as much as God the Father has loved Jesus. And, if you will remain in the quiet place of trust, resting in His love, believing in His Love for you, then your heart will be settled, at peace and will never worry nor be changed, no matter what come may; as you’re securely resting in His love.

If you don’t settle this in your heart – you may run-to-and-forth, from your present husband: Mr. Grace (Jesus) back to your former husband Mr. Law (Rom 7:1-6).  Eg. Having the self confidence to obey the Law, but when you failed, you cried out “oh Jesus, forgive me and I need your Grace right now”.  Someone who tries to mix law with grace is a spiritual adulterer. They’re cheating on Jesus. While they may appear to be religious on the outside, their hearts are full of unbelief.  The Gospel of Grace puts your full trust in Jesus as you Righteousness, while the Law puts trust in your own self to attain your own Righteousness.

After we are saved by His Grace, we should conduct our life by trusting in Him whose Spirit has resided in us, our daily walk with Him is a Rest. Even, when at times we fall into sin, just stand up & walk straight again with Him, knowing well that the sin we had just fallen, has been well forgiven and paid in full at the cross; so be at peace, for He is still walking with you. Till the end of your life on earth, either when you are Raptured or “sleep” to meet Him, it will still be His Grace that brings you home safely.  We are saved by Grace and Grace shall bring us home.

 

 

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