In civil societies, the sharp point of the lance thrusts forward at criminal violation.
Law cannot legislate civility. Such collective virtue is left to other forces. Instead, law is designed to eliminate intrusion upon societal values. Its purpose is to restrain those forces which left to themselves would impinge upon the freedoms of civility.
In short, law is for the lawless. Law is designed to reveal those elements that could plunge cooperation into chaos. Its enforcement tips the protective spear in the direction of the violator.
Our review of Wineskins takes a brief look at the purpose of divine law. By God’s design, law was established to reveal sin, not to produce righteousness. The law was codified so that sin could be recognized for what it is and so that the extent of its dominating presence in each of us could be clearly recognized (Rom 3:20, 7:13).
There is another force at work which has been designed from before the earth was created to institute the civility of societal righteousness. That force is love! Not just societal love, but sacrificial love; that extreme kind of irresistible force poured out from the Cross.
“For love comes from God” (1 Jn 4:7).
Those who embrace this love, who practice it in line with its Source, don’t need law. They are not the ones for whom law is designed, for they are a self-restraint upon such lawlessness tendencies.
“Love does no harm to its neighbor” (Rom 13:10).
Wherever one finds themselves, prevailing law will always take aim at the lawless elements darkening the shadows of society. Its necessity is maintained by unwarranted intrusion on civil liberties.
“We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious” (1 Tim 1:9).
Those who have Christ radiating through them are no longer bound by law, including the Ten Commandments. Their standard is Jesus. He is a unique law; the only one capable of revealing sin and offering righteousness.
Those who have Jesus, have both freedom from law and fullness of Life.
Define freedom in Christ.