Law – Sin – Grace

Law – Sin – Grace


Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights


The apostle Paul tells us that we are not under the law but under grace. Let’s explore in great detail what that means.

Romans 6:14 

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:15 

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

In the above two verses the apostle Paul is defining some strategic points for us. Paul tells us, the Body of Christ, that we are not under the law and that we are under the grace of God. That sin will not have control over us. This is possible because we are under grace. We are under a new set of rules.

Paul then tells us that because we are under grace that sins will not count against us. Are we going to sin?  Sins are basically generated because of two conditions. Sins of “Omission” and sins of “Commission.” The Commission of a sin is done willfully and is planned out in advance. The sin of Omission is not thought out in advance. It is usually done in ignorance. We become aware of it only after it has been committed. This sin is not held against us.

If we sin willfully, we must ask ourselves if we are truly in Christ. Are we under God’s grace? If we commit to a sin we have fallen from grace. By virtue of the sin we fall back under the law that Christ freed us from.

Galatians 5:4 

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Those who try to make themselves right with God by keeping the law are, in fact, cut off from Christ. God allows no middle ground. It is Christ or the law, not both. Anyone deciding to be justified by the law has fallen away from God’s grace. Christ cannot save those who persist in saving themselves.

Romans 7:6 

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:2 

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The righteousness of the law is fulfilled within us because we walk after the spirit. We have no desire to sin when filled with the Holy Spirit. Our faith in Christ will keep us from sin. Christ is the end of the law and sin for those who believe.

Romans 8:4 

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 9:32 

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone (Jesus);


For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.

Galatians 2:16 

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 2:21 

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Galatians 5:18 

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Freedom from the law does not imply freedom to do whatever we please (Galatians 5:13). Neither do we live in the Spirit in some sort of “middle ground.” Instead, we live on another plane altogether. We have truth as opposed to falsehood. We have grace as opposed to works. We act out of love as opposed to being subject to the law. We are supervised by the Spirit as opposed to being supervised by the law.

Galatians 5:19 

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Galatians 5:20 

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Galatians 5:21 

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings .  .  .  .

Anyone living that sort of life refers to the lifestyle of people who habitually exhibit these characteristics. This does not mean that believers who lapse into any of these sins will lose their salvation. But people who habitually exhibit these characteristics reveal themselves to be enslaved to sinful human nature. They are not children of God. People who have accepted Christ and have the Holy Spirit within them will manifest that new life by making a clean break with such sins as listed above.

Ephesians 2:15 

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

1 Timothy 1:9 

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

1 Thessalonians 4:2 

For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:2 

Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me (Paul), in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

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;

In forgiving all our sins, Christ canceled the record that contained the charges against us. This record was like a handwritten ledger of our trespasses against the law. Humanity could not pay the debt for these offenses, so God wiped out the record of our sin for us by nailing it to Christ’s cross. In so doing, our debts were canceled. What stood against us can no longer hinder us. Christ set us free by his sacrificial death on the cross.

Romans 13:9 

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Romans 13:10 

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

The commandments against adultery, murder, stealing, and coveting that Paul quotes are directly from the Ten Commandments. They apply to our relationships with others. Paul lists them to show that they all fit under a broader commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love others, we will not purposely sin, harm or do evil to them, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements.


Christians must obey the law of love, which supersedes both religious and civil laws.



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