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You Are Not Under the Law – Explained

If you lived during the transition while the fading away Levitical Priesthood (Heb 8:13Heb 8:13
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) and the New Priesthood of the Messiah, after the order of Melchizedek (Heb 7:11-17Heb 7:11-17
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), was phasing out the former you could be faced with the following dilemma:

1) Should you go up to Jerusalem and offer an animal sacrifice for sin offering or put your trust in the annual Yom Kippur?
2) Should you trust that Messiah’s perfect atonement sacrifice, once and for all, was the ultimate sacrifice for your sins?

This is what Paul is saying in answer to the questions above:

Rom 6:14Rom 6:14
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For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Gal 2:21Gal 2:21
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I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Gal 3:19Gal 3:19
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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.
Gal 3:23Gal 3:23
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But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24Gal 3:24
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Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25Gal 3:25
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But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 4:4Gal 4:4
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But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5Gal 4:5
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To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:21Gal 4:21
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Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Gal 5:18Gal 5:18
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But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

The “under the law” is strictly speaking of the sacrificial law of the Temple which could only provide temporary covering for sin but could not change the sinful heart of men.

The sacrificial law of the Temple (also known as the works of the law) was only a tutor (a schoolmaster) until the Messiah fulfilled it as the High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek royal priesthood and becoming the sacrifice, altar and temple.

If the disciples didn’t think they were still to observe the Mosaic Law, how come Paul participated in the Nazarite vow (Num 6:2-21Num 6:2-21
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) at the Temple before his capture by Temple guards? Act 21:21Act 21:21
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And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake (1) Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

Act 21:22Act 21:22
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What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
Act 21:23Act 21:23
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Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
Act 21:24Act 21:24
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Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Note (1) the Greek word used translated “forsake” in Acts 21:21Acts 21:21
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is Strong’s # G646 apostasia. It is used once more in the NT in 2 Thess 2:32 Thess 2:3
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for the widespread “falling away”

Note in Act 21:24Act 21:24
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that Paul, and other Jewish believers in our Saviour (Acts 21:20Acts 21:20
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), kept the Law but not the Levitical Sacrificial Law as this was fulfilled once and for all with the Saviour’s atonement sacrifice.

This is a voluntary Nazarite vow (Num 6:2-21Num 6:2-21
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) that Paul was committing to after his conversation with James (Jacob).

Like David, who was anointed to be king, respected the anointing in Saul and didn’t kill him, the disciples waited patiently until the Levitical (Aaronic ) priesthood passed away with the Temple.

Act 25:8Act 25:8
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While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

Act 21:20Act 21:20
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And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

As you can see, “under the Law” means the Levitical sacrificial law aka works of the law as Paul, James and many thousands of Jews who believed in our Messiah, were still zealous of the Mosaic law. Rom_3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

The Law observance for gentiles is not a pre requisite for salvation but fruit of salvation & proof the Holy Spirit dwells in them and moves them to obedience for sanctification (1Co 1:30; 1Th 4:3-4).

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

by Ricardo Rodríguez

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