Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? (Romans 7:1 NIV)
The law by the design of God has complete and unadulterated authority over us. The truth of the matter is, you better live up to every detail of the law, because the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good (see Romans 7:12).
Hold on a moment, while there is truth stated in Romans 7:1 “the law has authority over someone”, there is additional and even deeper truth stated. Romans 7:1 also tells us “only as long as that person lives”.
The law was never given to us so we could bear fruit. God’s task is not to fulfill the law within believers. God gave us the law so it would break us and even bring about our death at the cross of His Son.
The law will condemn you if you try to fulfill it. Yet, when we remember we have died with Him to the Law, it can no longer condemn us (see Romans 8:1).
Live in His performance (which was and is perfect) and you will “live lighter today”.
Question of the day
Tell me, why do you think God gave us the law?