“Being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ.” (1 Cor. 9:21)



Although Paul was not in bondage to any man, seeking to please man, for he was the servant of Christ alone, yet in his total devotion to his Lord, he willingly gave himself to be made servant unto all, that he might win them to Christ. To those who were under the ritual of the law and ceremony, he could, for their sake, limit his actions to the confines of their law, so as not to offend them, but rather to win them – then share with them a more excellent way. Then Paul also stated that to those who were without law, he could be as without law – that is, not bound by all the rigidity of carnal commandments, nor circumvented by the signs and symbols which pointed to a greater reality. But then Paul made this qualifying statement, that though he could appear to be without law, nevertheless he was “not without law to God” for he was definitely “under the law to Christ.”



The law of the anointing was the order for his life. Being led by the Spirit, to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. While there is tremendous freedom in this walk – free from man-made bondages and yokes of the flesh, yet he never used this liberty as an occasion to fulfill the lust of the flesh. The law of the anointing kept him in a circumspect path.



Anarchy means no law and order, only gross confusion and disorder. Such was the time in Israel when “in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6) This does not make for peace and tranquility in the land, for “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 16:25) “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jer. 10:23)



Thus, while grace certainly makes us free, and we are no longer under the laws of ritual and ceremony, precepts of men, do this, don’t do that, we are most definitely “UNDER LAW TO CHRIST.” That the anointing of His Spirit might be our guide, enabling us to overcome each day.



















NO MORE ANARCHY [Ray Prinzing]          1

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