Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”
People have been taught by their ministers that they are no longer under the law and that the law was nailed to the cross by Jesus. And as a result people have almost completely done away with God’s commandments. By using the above two verses, Christians justify their doing away with the Old Testament which contains the law. God’s commandments surrounding His Sabbath and Holy Days have been thoroughly disregarded by the Christian community. Christians are quick to say that they are not under the law but are under grace without fully understanding the full implications of what that means. They truly believe that God’s law has been done away with. And while most say they still believe in the Ten Commandments (but they observe a Sunday Sabbath so I don’t know how they make that claim) everything else God commanded in the bible has been done away with or nailed to the cross as they put it. One needs to rightly divide the word in order to see what the scriptures actually say on this subject. Do not take one or two verses and jump to conclusions or allow an interpretation to be made. Research the scriptures to find the verses that apply to the same subject and what you will discover is that when you add more verses the bible interprets itself. And generally what is being taught is different from what the bible actually says. So to see what Paul was actually saying in the 2 above verses we need to further examine the scriptures. And we will start by finding out what is sin according to the bible.
One finds the biblical definition of sin in the following verse.
I John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The following verse lets us know that all have sinned. Adam disobeyed God’s commandments and sin entered into the world. This is the sin that has dominion over us in Romans 6:14
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Now in I John 3:4 it stated that sin is the transgression of the law. And with that we can safely say that sin can only exist if you have a law since sin is the transgression of the law. So with no law, because according to Paul in Romans 6:14 we are no longer under the law, there would be no sin. Now we know that this is not a correct assumption. However Paul does make this same statement in the following verse.
Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Paul says sin is not imputed when there is no law. However Paul clarifies this statement by saying until the law sin was in the world. Now it has already been established that sin is the transgression of the law therefore for sin to be in the world before this law means that Paul is talking about different sets of laws.
One needs to investigate the scriptures further to see which laws they are no longer under and which laws still apply. The following verse tells us that the law Paul was talking about in Romans 6:14 was added because of sin.
Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
This law could not give rightousness otherwise it would still be in effect.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
We were all under death and only Jesus could remove our sin.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
But before Jesus we were under this law the same one Paul says we are no longer under in Romans 6:14
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
This law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. Faith is to believe without evidence and ones belief is demonstrated by their actions. Therefore if you believe in Christ as your savior you will keep His commandments.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The following scriptures will show that the law Paul stated that we are no longer being under, was the sacrificial law.
Hebrew10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Remember in Galatians 3:21 for if there had been a law given which could have given life verily righteousness should have been given by the law.
But in the above verses he is letting you know why righteousness could not come by this law. Because never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect because the blood of bulls and goats could not remove sin.
He further states this telling us the Lord did not want our sacrifice and offering but a body He has prepared.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Again in the following verses here he lets you know the Lord had no pleasure in that offered by the law so Jesus came and He took away the first which was the Sacrificial laws and that is the law we are no longer under, and established the second which was His blood covenant.
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Now it clearly said we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once and for all and hence no more animals are going to die for us. And if Grace was the extent of it then the following verse should not have been made.
Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
If you transgress the Law now you die for your own sins. And God did not have to offer His Son to die for our sins, it was because of His love for the world that we received this unmerited Grace.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ.
Hopefully one realizes that you do not take advantage of God’s grace by claiming to be under it and in turn disobey God’s commandments by using the very grace He gave you, to do away with His laws.
Peace to all who the truth in Jesus name.