Here's a few thoughts that occured to me. Some quotes and some Scriptures!
"SIN IS DEFINED DIFFERENTLY ACCORDING TO THE CONTEXT OF THE COVENANT. UNDER LAW SIN IS DEFINED AS FALLING SHORT OF THE LAW.
Missing the target. Not keeping the law.
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SIN IS NOT DEFINED THAT WAY AT ALL. UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SIN IS DEFINED AS UNBELIEF IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
Now before fuses get blown - let's go to Scripture;
3. The Word of God!
What is the devil's main source of attack against Christians? He is called the "Accuser of the brethren". So what does the main content of his accusations tend to centre around? That we have fallen short of the glory of God and His law. We really wouldn't be very bothered (I hope) if the devil came to us and told us how disappointed that he was with us. No the devil tells us frequently how angry God is with us and how disappointed with us. And uses what? The LAW!
Colossians 2:14 and 15 specifically mentions the two aspects to Christ's triumph at the Cross and the Law and the demonic are mentioned in the same breath;
" ... having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him".
That is breath-taking! How did He disarm the rulers and authorities? By cancelling the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us (the Law) which was HOSTILE to us! I'm beginning to see why Rob Rufus gets so angry against legalists! The law is HOSTILE to us! Why on earth would we spend so much time trying to mix it in with grace?!
Furthermore the book of Romans has a great deal to say about the law! Romans 5:13;
" ... but sin is not imputed when there is no law".
Weymouth translates that verse;
"For prior to the Law sin was already in the world; only it is not entered in the account against us when no Law exists".
Now I already can prophesy the responses to what I am reflecting on. Am I saying or implying that the law is bad? How can I when the Word of God says it is not?
"What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law".
But there is the clue. We would not have come to know sin except through the Law. So the object of the Law is to make us aware of sin and even more of our need of a Saviour. So back to the title of this blog post and my initial musings. DOUBLE JEPORDY. Once judgement has been passed on a particular crime then it cannot be judged again! So while our legalistic backgrounds may wince and gasp at Rob's quote that sin under the Old Covenant is falling short of law but under the New Covenant it isn't - suddenly it starts to make sense! The law isn't a factor anymore in our dealings with God!
Now THAT'S a reason to smile on a cold Monday morning! :)