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There are vast numbers who think that the Lord Jesus, besides bringing pardon,
is simply a means to strengthen them to keep the law. But this is sad and
ignorance of Christianity. Is a believer then at liberty to break the
law? God forbid! It is one thing to be a debtor to do the whole law, and another
that God can make light of any breach of the law. Is there nothing possible
between these two conditions-- debt to the law and freedom to break it? Neither
consists with a Christian. He who is free to do his own will is a law­less,
wicked man. He who is under the law to do it, describes the proper condition of
the Jew and nobody else.

The Christian stands on entirely NEW ground. He is saved by grace and is
called to
walk in grace. The character of righteousness that God looks for in
him is of another sort altogether; as it is said in Philippians,
"being filled with the
fruits of righteousness"--not which are by the law, but "by Jesus Christ unto the
glory and praise of God"
(Phil. 1:11)-- By the Lord Jesus under grace and not
under law. And this is not a question solely of justification. This has to do with
the responsibility of the believer to do the will of God; and the
Lord Jesus, not
the law, is the measure and source of the Christian life and walk, which
makes all the difference possible.

It may be asked, Was not Christ under the law? Yes, assuredly, but He died
unto it and is now above it. The Christian, the Gentile, never was under it; and
being positioned in the Lord Jesus risen, now that he believes, he stands on
heavenly ground, to which the law does not apply. For this reason
Christian is regarded by God as alive from the dead, to bring forth fruit
unto God
(Rom. 7:4). The law only deals with a man as long as he lives; never
after he has died.
"But ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God"
(Col. 3:3). And this is not at all what is said of us after a "second blessing,"
"extreme unction," or any other step of true or imaginary perfection.

The Christian life begins in Christ, in Heaven!
We are identified with the Lord
Jesus dead and risen, seated together at the right hand of the Father.
It is
no longer the Law dealing with me to try if it can get any good out of me.
have relinquished all by receiving the Lord Jesus
, and I take my stand in
Him dead and risen again
--and as one alive from the dead in Him, I yield
myself unto the Father
. This is the foundation truth of Christianity-- that God
has done with mere dealing with the flesh. He has another man, even a new
the Lord Jesus risen from the dead; and the believer has received
Him, and is received in Him.

A young Christian may be cast down after receiving the Saviour, through the
sense of evil he finds in himself. He wonders how this can be. He knows how
the Lord Jesus deserves to be served, and is conscious how little he serves Him
as he ought; he is filled with sorrow about himself, and perhaps begins to doubt
whether he be a Christian at all. He has not yet learned his lesson. He has not
mastered what his baptism set forth, the value of having a Saviour who is dead
and risen. He is occupied still with something of the old man; he looks at it and
expects to get better, hoping that his heart will not have so many bad thoughts,
etc., as he used to have;
whereas, the only strength of the believer is being
occupied with the Lord Jesus, and all that is lovely before the Father.

The saint, in proportion as he enjoys the Lord Jesus in glory, lives above
When he becomes engrossed with what takes place within him, he is
cast down. How many go on months and years, expecting some good to come
out! It is not that they are not born of God;
but they are so under the effect
of old thoughts and notions, acquired from catechisms, religious books,
sermons, disciplers, etc., that they do not enter into the full liberty
wherewith the Lord Jesus makes free.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us
all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath
chosen us
in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children
by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure
of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us
accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
(Ephesians 1:3-7 KJV)

Further Reading:
Christ-Likeness   By J. Vernon McGee
Dead with Christ, Risen with Christ
IN HIM - The Treasures Of Wisdom and Knowledge
Living According to God's Word -- Not according to The World
Grace Upon Grace  - John 1:16
The Work of Christ - As The Only Resting Place
Assurance Of Our Salvation
The Grounds Of Grace
By William Kelly
We Believe

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