We talk a lot about Law and Grace.
For the Christian, we live under Grace and not under the Law, but we often seem to put ourselves under the LAW.
This verse says that we as Christians are no longer under the law, but under grace.
What does this mean?
We know we have been set free from the power of sin because we are IN Christ.
Because of this, we don’t have to sin anymore because we have the spirit of God living in us.
We are also free from the LAW
What is the Law?
There are three types of the Law.
1. Ceremonial Law
This is made up of sacrifices, rituals, offerings, food restrictions… all the things you wonder why they did them
2. Civil Law.
The part that has to do with the nation of Israel itself, the rules of government, regulations for the nation, the way the country is to be operated, governmental Laws, judgements, judicial Laws.
3. Moral Law.
This is the part we're most familiar with.
The Ten Commandments is the key example of moral Law.
God has some ethical standards of behavior that He wants us to follow.
So when we talk about the Law in general we're actually talking about three different parts: moral Law, civil Law and ceremonial Law.
What was the Purpose of the Law?
Why was the Law given?
You can't just make a blanket statement.
That's why we need to study it tonight.
In the New Testament there are at least seven different descriptions of the Law.
You need to understand the purposes of the Law so you'll realize that as a Christian you're not under the Law but under grace.
If you understand this it's going to make a tremendous impact in your life.
We're going to look outside of Romans to explain what Romans 6:14 looks at.
Fortunately we have a lot of material written about this very verse.
Paul wrote an entire other book simply to explain this verse.
That book is called Galatians.
The book of Galatians basically explains Romans 6:14.
The Law is pictured as a yoke.
Yoke of Slavery = The Law
A yoke is put on cattle.
It's purpose is to control an animal.
The purpose of the Law is to control us.
Not to change us but to control us.
The Law was given to control us.
This is easy to understand.
What if we had a world that didn't have any Laws in it.
Would there be any control?
If there wasn't a Law that said you have to drive on the right side of the highway, would there be trouble?
What if there were no stop lights?
Would there be trouble?
What if there was a Law that said you could drive any speed limit you want?
Obviously you have to have Laws to bring order or some semblance of order or control to a situation.
The point I want to make is this: A yoke does not change a cow into a horse or into a chicken.
It doesn't change a cow into anything else.
It will always have the nature of a cow.
Likewise the yoke of the Law does not change you in any sense at all.
All it does is control you.
Many people think if they just obey the Law they can change.
The Law was never meant to make you a different person.
The Law was simply to bring control.
The fact is people do act like animals, don't they?
Paul says don't let yourselves be enslaved again, burdened down by a yoke of slavery -- talking about the Law.
Compare that to what Jesus said
When you became a Christian, the Bible says you gave up one yoke and took on another.
You gave up the yoke of the Law which is heavy, condemning, burdening, frustrating and took on the yoke of Jesus which is easy and light and gentle.
When you became a Christian you simply exchanged yokes.
You gave up an external yoke of legalism for an internal yoke of love in Christ.
You will always be a slave to something… to the Law which burdens you down or to Jesus who sets you free.
The first purpose of the Law is to control us not to change us.
2. The Law is pictured as a guardian.
The Law is like a guardian for immature people.
Israel was an immature nation… Immature people need rules, so God gave ghe Law to Israel to control them.
When the time was right, when Israel matured, God sent his son.
He told them, I am going to treat you like sons and daughters.
Listen, the closer relationship you have with Jesus, the less need you have for rules.
You cannot mature spiritually if you live under the Law.
You can't go back and keep all those Laws in the Old Testament and then God will like you.
That's missing the whole point of the Law.
God doesn't want slaves to serve Him out of fear.
He wants children who love Him out of love and act to Him in a relationship.
He says, "I didn't come to leave you in a regulation mode but I came to turn it into a relationship."
Paul went to Galatia (over in the east Mediterranean area -- the Balkan area ‑- Turkey) and while he was there he started some churches in Galatian and later he wrote this letter to them.
He had taught them they were to live under grace.
"You guys are Gentiles and you don't have to become a Jew to become a Christian.
You can directly become a Christian.
You don't have to keep circumcision.
You don't have to keep the Law, the Jewish ceremonies.
After Paul left there were some people who came in called Judaizers.
They said, "Yes, to be a Christian you must believe in Jesus, but you must also keep all the Jewish Laws."
There are people today, Christians, who think you must keep all the Jewish Laws too -- Seventh Day Adventists are a good example.
They worship on the Sabbath because it says Saturday in the Old Testament.
They keep all the dietary Laws, a lot of the ceremonial Laws.
They believe those are still valid.
So Paul is writing this letter telling them that after he had left, these people came in and told them they had to add all of these things -- he says you're missing the point.
Remember the story of Hagar.
Abraham at 99 years of age still didn't have a kid so he went to Plan B. Sarah said, Take my handmaiden.
And Abraham by the handmaiden of Sarah had a child.
They named the son Ishmael who was the father of the Arab race.
That wasn't God's plan.
God's plan was that Sarah would miraculously have a baby and that baby was Isaac.
Paul says we can learn a lesson from that truth.