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The Bible teaches that Christian disciples are no longer under the law as a means of salvation because Christ has set us free from the guilt and condemnation of sin by His death and resurrection. However, that doesn’t mean we’re free to live immoral lives. If anything, the grace of God’s gospel expects that we’ll keep His law, summarized in the Ten Commandments, as an expression of our love for Him. Reformed confessions of faith teach that the law and the gospel “do sweetly comply” (WCF 19.7, SD 19.7, 2LCF 19.7).

The Bible is full of positive statements about the role of the law in the life of the believer. For instance, David says, “Oh how I love your law” (Ps 119:97). The Teacher in Ecclesiastes sums up the believing life by saying, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl 11:13). Jesus Himself said, “Not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Matt 5:18).

Later in his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul says, “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31). The Apostle faithfully followed the course of biblical grace saying in Romans 7:22, “I delight in the law of God in my inner being” and then in v.25, “I myself serve the law of God.” Paul also goes on to explain that Christ died for us “in order that the righteous requirement of the law would be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:4). The book of Revelation sums up the duty of all believers when it says, “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (Rev 14:12; cf. 12:17).

Paul’s words in Romans 6:14 are especially important, where he says, “For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law, but under grace.” In other words, grace overcomes the rule of sin in our lives by compelling us to faithfully keep God’s law.

Based on an article by Tom Hicks, May 3, 2018 Founders.org