Dr John Stott, in his exposition on the book of Romans, gave 3 attitudes to the Law.
1. Legalists. They are under the Law and are bound by it. Their relationship to God depends on their obedience to the Law seeking both justification and sanctification by it. Crushed by the inability of the Law to save them, they fear the Law.
2. Antinomians. Blame the law for all their problems so they reject it altogether and claim to be rid of all obligations to the demands of the Law. So they hate the Law and repudiate it.
3. Law-Fulfilling Free Believers. Have this balanced attitude in rejoicing both in their freedom from the law for justification and sanctification, and freedom to fulfill the Law. They delight in the Law as the revelation of God’s will (Rom 7:22), but recognize that the power to fulfill it is not in the Law itself but in the Spirit. So they love the Law and fulfill it.
So what Paul meant when he said believers are no longer under the law, he was saying true believers are free from the law for justification and sanctification. And is now under grace with the power to fulfill it through the Spirit. Rom 6:14; Gal 5:18.
For Justification, we are not under law but under grace.
For Sanctification, we are not under law but led by the Spirit.
My wife and I worshiped in a denominational church from 2001 to 2007. We once planned a free-and-easy 4 day holiday in Ho Chi Minh City. When some members of this denominational church came to know of our travel plan, they wanted to join us as well. In the end, I had to book a land package tour for 22 persons. As the tour would start on a Sunday, the church lay leader was upset enough to curse us that God would judge us for skipping Sunday service. We did attend the Sunday morning worship service before going to the airport. I had booked a bus to ferry all of us from the church to the airport after the service. I cast all my anxieties to God that morning – the unease of bringing so many elderly folk and the unexpected curse – and also prayed for journey mercies.
On that very Sunday morning, an elderly lady joining us for the tour received news of her brother-n-law’s death and she decided not to fly with us. 2 days later, she had a heart attack. If she had joined us and had the heart attack in Ho Chi Minh City, it would prove the curse of the lay leader to be true and the entire blame would be upon me. Given the incredibly slim odds of this incident, I knew God had delivered me yet again.
When we reached the airport, my eldest son was denied travel as his passport had validity of less than 6 months. Again I prayed for God’s journey mercy. After much negotiation and promising the airline staff that if my son was to be denied entry into Ho Chi Minh City, I would return with him. The customs officer over at Ho Chi Minh City smiled at my young son and allowed us to clear and enter. Hallelujah !
All thanks and glory be to God our Father and Jesus our Lord for His journey mercy.