Are Christians so narcissistic to believe there is no condemnation for bad behaviour – ever?
Law – responsibilities to follow through fear of God
Sin – an act intentionally against God and His Law
Grace – being pardoned though guilty
Mercy – divine favor without merit
Legalism – your Christian life dictated by someone or something else other than Christ
The Holy Spirit through the Prophet Jeremiah said:
31:31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
31:32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
31:33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Because of the Cross of Christ, we are not UNDER the Law anymore but we are to be smart enough to know right from wrong through Faith. Before Christ, God gave Moses the Law of the Covenant – was that to keep us in subjection to Him or was it to let us know that we are imperfect and needed a Saviour?
Further, Romans 3:31 says, ‘Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.’
The differences between the Law and the New Covenant is that the Law was written on cold tablets of stone; after the Cross it is written on our hearts. He is the God that changes not – why would He change His mind on His requirements of us? However, the Law cannot guarantee Salvation or Sanctification. Only faith in the Cross can. BUT the Cross cannot guarantee results because you have to be WILLING to pick it up every day – all day – to reap its benefits.
Life Guidelines: the smarts to know better regarding repetitive sin and accepting worldly favor through sin.
The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul says in the Book of Romans:
8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The Law is to be in us instead of over us. It means the Law is taught in us by the Spirit instead of at us.