WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.
A few biblical scriptures from various translations.
New International Version
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
New Living Translation
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
English Standard Version
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Berean Study Bible
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Berean Literal Bible
For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.
New American Standard Bible
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
King James Bible
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
OK, so we’re not under law, but under grace. What does that really mean? This has confused people for years. Apostle Paul in one statement says, “We uphold the Law.” and in another breath, he is saying, “We are not under Law, but under grace.” I am going to reason with you as to what this scripture means. If I am wrong, please correct me. OK when does a person come under the Law? Let’s use an example, I’m driving down the highway going 60 miles an hour. The posted limit is 60 miles an hour. In my journey of 100 miles, I pass 7 police radar traps. That is, a police officer is in his car with his radar on me when I pass him by. At the rate of speed I am going, he is not going to stop me and give me a speeding ticket. Why? Because I am not breaking the Law. The Law says the maximum speed I can go down the highway is 60 miles an hour. So, in my journey, I pass 7 police officers who have their radar gun on me and nothing happens to me. I have not broken the Law and therefore I am guilty of no crime. I am not under the Law.
However, if I speed up to 80 miles and hour and another police officer clocks me at 20 miles an hour over the speed limit, he pulls me over and gives me a speeding ticket. I have broken the Law and I experience a penalty for breaking the Law, say a 250.00 fine and a few points added to my license. I am now under the Law. But thanks be to God that when it comes to the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules of God, when I break that Law, and am under the Law, that is, I deserve the penalty for breaking his commands, which may mean losing my life or paying a very severe penalty, the Messiah provided forgiveness for that crime (Sin) I committed and because he died for my sins, I am not imputed the penalty I deserve. I am no longer under the Law, but under grace.
Does this mean that the Law has been done away with, or that we don’t keep the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules? Heaven forbid! These Laws are what protect us and give us life. As the Messiah is the word (Torah) and he gives life to those who come to him, so it is that his word gives life to those who listen and obey. Messiah is the Torah as there is only ONE Torah and it spans from Genesis to Revelation, the whole Bible is the Torah. The Torah was given in the Old Testament and Jesus explained the Torah to his followers in the New Testament. Jesus was the only true Torah teacher of his time, right up until today. Why do I say that? Because we do not need men to teach us the Torah. If we draw near to God, God himself will teach us the Torah, as it says in Isaiah and was reiterated by Jesus in the Gospel of John, “They will all be taught by God.” The concept of a Pastor or someone else teaching us the Torah is a skewed teaching system. I really believe that the primary role of a leader is to teach the sheep how to read and understand the Bible themselves. Teaching them to rightly divide the word of God.