Now, however, we are free from the Law, because we died to that which once held us prisoners. No longer do we serve in the old way of a written law, but in the new way of the Spirit.” (Romans 7:6, GNB)

One really cannot overemphasize the difference between living under the Old Covenant and living under the New Covenant.  The Old Covenant condemned those who lived under it.  The law hung over them with its unreachable standard and condemned them as unworthy and unable to reach God’s standards.  It was good, because it showed those living under the Old Covenant their need for something better, but as Paul points out in the verse prior to this one:

For when we lived according to our human nature, the sinful desires stirred up by the Law were at work in our bodies, and all we did ended in death.” (Romans 7:5, GNB)

As my son put it when preaching on the subject of the law, “I fought the law, and the law won,” which is the title of a famous old country song.

Under the New Covenant, we no longer have to fight the law, we live “in the new way of the Spirit.”  We are no longer constrained by living under the letter of the Law, now we live filled by the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit.

The Law doesn’t win any more, because we no longer have to fight it.  We are free.

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