For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:17
We need the law because we’re flesh & blood. God gave us law because we’re sinful, because we are flesh and blood. Our flesh and blood can rule over our spirit, and it can shape our spirit. And because our flesh and blood are sinful, they are in conflict with Holy Spirit, who works to influence our spirits.
Face it: all around the world, anarchy seems to be on the rise. Wars in Africa; wars in Asia; wars in Europe. Violent crime has risen in every major city in the United States since 2020. TV and other entertainment have grown increasingly violent, increasingly profane, increasingly sexualized, increasingly caustic. Here at the end of “pride month,” every major corporation has spent the last month celebrating a lifestyle centered around a sin. Things you couldn’t say on the TV 20 years ago are commonplace now. School shootings? Workplace violence? Public drug use? Road rage? Ashley Madison and Pornhub?
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit. Since the day Eve listened to the serpent, it has always been this way.
It’s why God went to such detailed, prophetic measures to come to us as Jesus of Nazareth. He couldn’t just randomly appear; people wouldn’t have accepted Him. Instead, God chose to prove Himself to us through Jesus singularly fulfilling over three hundred prophecies that He is the Christ. That Jesus the Christ is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit, and stands against the evil one. That only Jesus could perfectly keep God’s (and man’s) just law to prove, once for all, exactly what the law means. That Jesus, flesh and blood while being fully God, lived contrary to evil and contrary to every other human’s sinful desires. That evil is in conflict with Jesus, who has already, fully defeated it both here on the Third Rock as well as the eternal hereafter.
If we follow Jesus, putting His Word into our actions, we align ourselves with the righteousness He gave us. He who stands against evil empowers us to do the same. What was impossible for man is always possible for God. Here on Earth, we still need the boundaries of the law to keep us in check. Yet, also, here on Earth, we need Jesus more, to remind us of why He freed us from the law and why sinful flesh and blood no longer master us.
For further reading: Romans 2:12, 1 Timothy 1:9, Galatians 5:18
Lord Jesus, You freed me from sin and from the law. You freed my nature to follow You, emulate You, share You, instead of wallowing deeper in what the law was put in place to control.
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