Led by the Spirit

Paul says we are not under the law. How and why are we not?

Gal. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
The Mind and Character of Our loving Father within.

Gal. 5:16 ¶ But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

It has no power over us, unless we let it.

Gal. 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
Gal. 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
Gal. 5:21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 2Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
1Tim. 1:9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 1Tim. 1:10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,

Rom. 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Rom. 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
Rom. 6:18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

Fear has no place in love. Bold confidence (1 John 4:17), based on love, cannot coexist with fear. Love, which, when perfected, gives bold confidence, casts out fear (compare Hebrews 2:14, 15). The design of Christ’s propitiatory death was to deliver from this bondage of fear. but — “nay” [ALFORD]. fear hath torment — Greek, “punishment.” Fear is always revolving in the mind the punishment deserved [ESTIUS]. --Punishment already paid for. -- Fear, by anticipating punishment (through consciousness of deserving it), has it even now, that is, the foretaste of it. Perfect love is incompatible with such a self-punishing fear. Godly fear of offending God is quite distinct from slavish fear of consciously deserved punishment. The latter fear is natural to us all until love casts it out. “Men’s states vary: one is without fear and love; another, with fear without love; another, with fear and love; another, without fear with love” [BENGEL].

Now the law is the expression of thanksgiving, not an impossible undertaking.

Heb. 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

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