The ‘law’ known as the Ten Commandments had no existence before the fall. The reason being that the law’s function was a means of leading fallen humans to Christ. More to the point the law of Moses was a function of man’s separation from God in the era of the knowledge of good and evil. *
This era ended at the cross when Jesus cried out, ‘It is finished!’ and the curtain that separated the holy place from the Presence was ripped from top to bottom. The Adam generated separation from God was undone and the Christ our life union with God began. This realisation comes by revelation and it the start of our born again life.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
NOW IT BEGINS
Union with God began over 2000 years ago. But it begins for you when you believe it. We can perpetuate the era of the knowledge of good and evil by false doctrine or we can end it by living in the incarnation and believing what Jesus, Paul and John believe.
PART OF GOD’S LIFE
What was the life of innocence and righteousness in which pre-fall Adam and Eve lived? This was a relationship of union with God. As part of God they were part of His life; part of His righteousness, part of His being as son and daughter. Once separated from God they were separated from this spirit and life. So they took it on themselves to make their own. People are still doing this in assorted legalisms and in the secular sphere through ‘political correctness’. The latter is legalism for humanists.
Alienation from God before the cross was not total. But it was substantial. Belief in Satan’s lie separated many in heart and soul from the intimacy previously enjoyed with God. People like Moses and particularly David were prophetic figures of a fuller life to come – so full that any Believer after Christ could be greater than John the Baptist. There’s no need for mediation in the post cross age. God in His fullness is with you and in you. By the Spirit God is part of your being. If you believe. He is there if you don’t believe. It’s just that your inheritance is not being possessed.
HOSTILITY TO GOD
After the fall, we acquired a separated mindset that attributed hostility from God and inferiority to ourselves. The I AM of God had been impugned and the I am of ourselves had been dealt a fatal blow. Jeff Turner writes, “Because of the knowledge of good and evil, the inherent goodness of Adam and Eve’s design now appeared evil to them, causing them to feel the need to improve upon it by adding to it their own accomplishments. This is the birthplace of the ubiquitous religious impulse resident within all human beings, to sacrifice and work in order to please and satisfy their “gods”.
The religious impulse: This is why people add to what God has done in Christ; why they add distinctives and perspectives that are neither from God or capable of imparting His life. The result is that this very slavery to the ‘religious impulse’ robs us of the higher life that we seek in these additions and externalities.
There are many forms of clothing our nakedness. But none of them are required today since Christ is both our garment and our life. He represents you and us all in His perfection and perfect relationship with Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the exact representation of Father. He is also the genuine expression of you. The law of life, such as it can be said to be a law at all, is Christ your life – Christ manifest as you.
CUNNINGLY DEVISED FABLES
There is no ‘law’ that is separate from God. There’s no derrick hanging off God to which a law is attached and to which God is subordinate. If there were this law would be ‘god’ and God would not be God. As it is God is relationship being three in one. Each member of the trinity is a real and a unique person as well as all God and all living in loving celebration of each other.
THERE IS NO LAW There was no law. Togetherness and wholeness of being was the effect of relationship – union with God. All in this relationship shared in His life and His nature. It was this relationship that embraced not only all beings but the entire creation that Paul named as the law of the spirit of life. When John speaks of the logos he is talking of the same thing: Of the fact that all that exists finds its true nature and real purpose – its fullness of life by participating in this union with God.
There is holiness, there is wholeness and there is spirit and life in this age – but it is yours and ours because we have been united to the trinity. We are one with the law of the spirit of life. It’s not Adam and not Moses. It’s union with God.
It is this communion that Jesus called spirit and life that is the opposite to the flesh – to the life of separated Adam. Law as definitions and prescriptions robs people of spirit and life. This why Paul announced that the letter kills – because it does, a fact obvious to those who are spirited and alive but not those whose senses have been dulled by the law as religion. Even non-believers can see this. But sadly not Believers who have been rendered blind by religion.
The notion that the law and the keeping of it is the issue of life should be seen as the furphy it is. The issue is that Father is absolutely trustworthy and more loving than anyone would have thought; the issue is that you and I are sons and daughters of God by accomplishment of God and that you belong. You belong in the fellowship of the trinity with the result that their nature becomes your nature because you are now living in the spirit of sonship.
“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Gal 2.20,21 NIV.
* Nevertheless Believers usually need to pass through the law before they can begin life in the Spirit. They need to perceive that life in the law cannot deliver life so that they thirst for life that is unlimited and free. Some have called this the ‘first part of life’ that leads to the second part – our born again stage of living in God.