Many religious individuals will strongly contend for the idea that says Christians do not live under Law today because we live under grace. While it’s 100% true that Christians live under grace (Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7) it also 100% false that Christians do not live under Law. For the most part individuals who teach “all grace and no law” do so ignorantly, only following what they have been taught; but that’s all the more reason to study for our self (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).
Right about now some may be reading this and saying to themselves that what I’m advocating is false doctrine and that I’m the one who needs to study more and read verses like:
“and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39)
“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
“You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)
I would say “good job at studying” to those who would present such verses as proof that we’re not living under Law today, but then I would add “keep studying and keep things in their context and you’ll find the truth”
Indeed these verses truly teach that we’re not living under Law, but the question is what Law are these verses talking about? These scriptures aren’t saying that we don’t live under any Law, but rather that we as Christians do not live under the Law of Moses. What most people miss when they contend for the “all grace and no law” position is that you can’t have grace without having a Law! You can’t find grace without committing sin! And you can’t commit sin without being under Law! So to deny that Christians live under any Law is to deny sin, and that’s a denial we don’t want to be guilty of – plain and simple (1 John 1:8).
The truth of the matter is that Christians do live under Law, but at the same time we live under a grace that promises forgiveness, a grace that promises remission and a grace that promises a clear conscience (Acts 2:38; Hebrews 10:1-22; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 John 1:7). This is a blessing that was not truly realized in times past due to the knowledge of Jesus that we can have today (John 1:17). Law in and of itself is not evil. This can’t even be said about Moses’ Law (Romans 7:12). But what can be truthfully said is that there is no justification from sin in Moses’ Law, but that does not mean there is no justification in any Law, and that’s a distinction that many in the religious world are sadly failing to make.
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:27-28)
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 5:1)