BIBLE READING: ROMANS 4
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
We have spoken many times of the fact that we, as God’s children, are under grace and not under the law. I don’t think anyone wrote about this subject and the word of God more than Paul. Paul was literally the apostle of grace. God used Paul to bring the truth to the world that God’s grace is available to all through Jesus Christ.
We cannot allow ourselves, because of this, to throw out the importance of the law. While we do not follow the law to gain salvation, we do still have need of the law. This fact is proven by the culture that we live in today in America. How true verse 15 is in this passage, “for where no law is, there is no transgression”. If the law had not been given, then nobody would have known that they had transgressed. If there is no law, then there is no right and wrong. If there is no law, then there is no law for anyone to break. If there is no law, then everyone decides for themselves what they can do.
You and I need to understand the importance of living by the Word of God. It is true that we are not saved because we follow a bunch of laws or rules. But it is true that we keep ourselves holy and separated from the world by following and applying God’s Word to our lives. If there was no law, then why would God’s grace be so special. You and I need to understand that in order to fully appreciate God’s grace, we must understand the importance of the law of God. And in the areas of our life where we transgress God’s law, we rest in the fact that God’s grace has forgiven us for that transgression. God’s grace is not an excuse for us to live any which way we please.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.