In newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter

(Rom 7:6) “But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”

Now that we have been released from the law, we must serve God, not in a legalistic way, but in the Spirit, because we are now free from the penalties of God’s law. We now have a loving relationship with God, serving Him in the Spirit, in the newness of life in Christ.

When we come to Christ, we are delivered from the power of the law which curses and condemns us for the sin committed by us. Because we died with Jesus at Calvary, because we died in Christ when He died, we are dead to the law and delivered from its dominion and jurisdiction over us.

The sentence of the law against us is vacated and reversed, by the death of Christ, to all true believers.

The law does not justify us; it does not make us right with God. The law does not sanctify us; it does not take us deeper with God and make us more holy before Him. The law says: The soul that sins shall die; but we are delivered from the law. The Lord has taken away our sin, we shall not die. We are redeemed from the curse of the law. We are delivered from that power of the law which irritates and provokes the sin that dwells in us.

Our freedom is given not so we can stop serving God; but so that we can serve Him better, under the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. We are now slaves of righteousness and will do what is right.

How well do we serve in the newness of the Spirit? It is a shame that we often serve sin or legalism with more devotion than we serve God out of the newness of the Spirit. It’s even very sad when fear motivates us more than love.

We are now under the covenant of grace, under the Gospel of Christ, and no longer under the covenant of works, and no longer under the law of Moses.

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!

Christservant.

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