“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
We have freedom as far as it does not intrude upon the freedom of others.
The apostle Paul was continually trying to pry open the eyes of the religious to see the difference between adhering to law and following Jesus.
If we return to the Old Covenant, the old laws of Moses, we return to captivity.
If we return to condemnation and shaming, or passively standing by while others do so, and we know in our heart it’s wrong, we return to bondage.
If we –or our churches, or our pastors – grip so tightly onto law, it becomes impossible for us to hold onto grace and mercy. When we play tug of war between our own dogma and Christ’s love, Jesus’ blood on the cross becomes nothing more than a story.
If we decide that the few biblical verses pointing to specific, first century, historical events are more important than the enveloping, ethical, Spirit-led, Scriptural messages Paul wrote to his Christian audiences, we are in danger of losing hold of the very faith we proclaim that is intended to express itself through us in Jesus’ light and love and grace and mercy.
“Use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.” (Galatians 5:13-14, 16, 18)
Those who fear hang onto law. Those who do not believe that God is all powerful and the Spirit is truth hang onto law. Those who doubt their own faith hang onto law. Those whose hearts have not been changed hang onto the law. Those who don’t yet grasp the unending, unconditional, unfathomable love, forgiveness, grace and mercy of the heart of God hang onto law. Those who forget that the heart of God loves them, too hang onto the law.
The law does not produce God’s good fruit – the fruit that comes from the heart.
“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)