Verses on Walking with the Spirit and Not under the Law Freeing Us from Sin

I wanted to put all of these verses in one place for those who want to study this, and also those who already have the position that we are to walk with the Spirit and not by the Law, that they might have a handy source for Scriptures.

Under the New Covenant, Live by the Spirit, Not by the Law

dove“If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:18 (NIV)

“The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (ESV)

“The law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives… You… died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another… in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:1,4 (NIV)

“When we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:5-6 (NIV)

“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4 (ESV)

“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery [this has almost duel application: first, not coming back under the Law; second, not coming back under sin] Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

You Can Live Free from Sin

“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 (NIV)

“‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'” John 8:34-36 (NIV)

“Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1b-2 (NIV)

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4 (NIV)

“Our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6-7 (NIV)

“Sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14 (NIV)

“Though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” Romans 6:17-18 (NIV)

“Though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness… You used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness… Offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness…Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:17-20,22 (NIV)

“No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him… The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” 1 John 3:6,8-9 (NIV)

You are Free, but Not so You Can Sin

Grace frees us to live life abundantly, but grace was never meant to free us from God! Abundant life is freedom from the grip sin had on us and from the oppression of living under a performance mentality.

“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” 1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery [this has almost duel application: first, not coming back under the Law; second, not coming back under sin]… You… were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:1,13 (NIV)

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

“The works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV)

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