Relationship with the law

We are washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, filed with his Holy Spirit and clothed with his righteousness. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins the veil that separated us with the Lord’s holy presence was torn in the middle from top to bottom into two pieces. A new and living way to God’s holy presence was opened. Today we can enter boldly to the holy of holies with no fear or apprehension because we are not standing in our own holiness but in Christ’s. God’s love is manifested in his sending of his only begotten son to come and die for our sake.
Before Jesus came and died on the cross, the old covenant was in effect. The High priest used to get into the Holy of holies once a year to offer sacrifice for the atonement of peoples sins. Animals were sacrificed to cover the sins of the people and only the high priest could access the holy of holies. Jesus came and he himself was sacrificed once and for all for our sins. Since his death and resurrection on the cross we have direct access to the presence of God as the veil which separated us with God was torn. It is only through Jesus that we restore our relationship with our God. Accepting him and believing in Jesus is the only way.
In the Book of Romans 7:1-5.

Or are you ignorant, brothers; for I speak to those who know the Law; that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
For the married woman was bound by law to the living husband. But if the husband is dead, she is set free from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband lives, she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress by becoming another man’s wife.
So, my brothers, you also have become dead to the law by the body of Christ so that you should be married to Another, even to Him raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.

Pauls gives an illustration of marriage and death to explain what happens when we get saved, the spiritual truth about our changing relationship to the law and Christ at our salvation. Before salvation we are legally dominated by the law, we are under the authority of the law and must keep it perfectly to avoid punishment. Being human as we are it is impossible to keep the law perfectly as required. When a spouse dies the law of marriage no longer applies. Since we die with Christ the law no longer condemns us. We rouse again when Christ was resurrected and as new people we belong to Christ. His spirit enables us to produce good fruits for God. Though the law still exists, it has no authority over us. Remarriage then occurs after the death of the spouse. In this case salvation is equated to having a new husband through marriage. The new marriage is to Jesus Christ and we get under new authority. We are hence forth obligated to serve Christ as our Lord. The result of the new marriage is that because of the work of Christ on the cross we are no longer under obligation to keep the law perfectly to escape punishment. We stop being servants of the law and become servants of Christ. When one dies to the old life and belongs to Christ a new life begins. To an unbeliever his mindset is on his or her own personal gratification. However those how follow Christ are god centered . God supplies the power for Christians daily living
For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sin worked in our members through the law to bring forth fruit to death.


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