This verse neutralizes one of the top three reasons people struggle with Christianity. Christians are often accused of being legalistic or endlessly espousing rules that must be followed. Christians are often known for what they are against instead of our love for God and people. Before Christ, God’s people were consumed with laws and regulations to follow. This verse described it as “under the supervision of the law.” God in His abundant love and grace sent Christ to not only pay the price for our sins, but to also provide freedom from sin through the power of the Holy Spirit. This breathtaking insertion of God’s love into the lives of all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior changed dramatically how we relate to and follow God.
Your life in Christ is no longer guided by written rules, but by your relationship with Christ. Your focus is no longer meticulously following every word out of the Bible, but by faith responding to God’s life in you as you passionately follow and pursue Him. The Bible still provides God’s written Word, but the Holy Spirit enlivens its meaning, while you respond by faith out of your relationship and love for God. God calls each Christian to die to self while becoming a living sacrifice for God. As you die to self you allow Christ to flourish in your heart which enlivens your walk with Christ that much more. Your life is no longer guided by a set of laws but by a growing relationship with Christ. Your new heart at salvation and your growing love for Christ produces God’s life in John 14:15: "If you love me, you will obey what I command.” What does God’s supervision look like: A growing faith empowered by the Holy Spirit which flows out of an intimate, passionate relationship with Christ. It is this walk with Christ that constantly challenges you to respond by faith to God’s callings in your life.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
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