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  1. If the Christian is no longer under the law, does right and wrong still exist for them, because isn’t the law the measure for right and wrong, good and bad?

    • The passage I’ve recited that tells us that sin is not imputed without the law, also answers this question. Look at Romans 5:
      12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
      13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
      14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

      Sin was not imputed before God gave the law through Moses, so does this mean there was no right or wrong until halfway through biblical history? Obviously mankind was well aware of right and wrong. From Adam until Moses there were 26 generations. They weren’t clueless as to right and wrong. But they were not judged by the law. Just look at the generation that Moses led out of Egypt. Before the law, they sinned. They murmured against God and against Moses. They complained. They were faithless. Yet not one time do you see God’s wrath until AFTER the law. That was when man started being judged according to the law.

      According to the Bible, the law wasn’t given to show man the difference between right and wrong. It was to show mankind that righteousness cannot be obtained through human effort. Godless people still know the difference between right and wrong. God made man according to His image. God did not create man without a conscience. Even the pagan cultures around Israel, who did not have the law, still lived by a strong moral code. Why is that? Because we were created by God with a moral compass. Human desires override our moral compass, and that didn’t come by the law, but our conscience is a reflection of God’s image still imprinted on His creation.

      You don’t need the Levitical law to know right and wrong. According to the Bible, if righteousness could have come through the law, then Christ died in vain. The Bible also says that the law was given that the offense might abound (not that righteousness might abound). Scripture also says that the law was given to be our tutor, that drove us to Christ. Then once faith came (through Christ) there is no longer a need for a tutor. The tutor of the law taught people that at their best, they did not have the power to overcome human nature and rise to the level of righteousness. And if man wants to live by the law to prove he is on par with God’s righteousness, then he will be judged by the standard of the law. Look at the scripture’s teaching of Galatians 3:
      10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
      11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
      12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
      13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
      14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

      Anyone who places themselves under the law are under the curse of the law unless they do all that is in the law. That is 100% perfection under all the law. That’s why Jesus confronted those who proclaimed they kept the law by saying, “You say you keep the law, but…” and then He taught that anyone who has lusted is an adulterer, anyone who was greedy was a thief, hatred was murder, etc. Sin in the heart breaks the law, and the Bible says that if we fail in one point, we are guilty of the entire law.

      But Jesus took the entire law, fulfilled it, and took our curse upon Himself. He became the curse for us, and we receive the blessing through faith in Him. To try to keep the law is to disbelieve Jesus’ fulfillment for us. That’s why the Bible says that if we turn to the law, we set aside (literally push aside) the grace of God. We are pushing the work of Christ aside and putting ourselves in Christ’s place. Since we will fall short, the law becomes our curse. The law NEVER brings the blessing.

      The law does not teach right and wrong. It was designed to reveal to us that we are sinful so that we stop looking at our efforts and trust in Christ. Or as the Bible says, “Jesus became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” The law can’t make that promise. It doesn’t give righteousness. It was given that sin might abound to let us know that sin has corrupted our human nature, so we can relinquish it to Christ and live according to the nature given through grace – apart from the works of the law. It is only by faith.

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