Nothing Is Unlawful
1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
The reality to Paul’s statement is this, that in Christ Jesus the is no such thing as an unlawful action towards God for the simple fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law for righteous requirements and we are the righteousness of Him whom we believe in by faith and not of works. That being said then there is nothing that one can do to either earn this status of righteousness through any works and therefore there is nothing one can do to lose this status by ones own efforts. However in this statement or this type of though there is also a truth that when we do things or allow our hearts to be persuaded to existing a state of disbelief about our true identities, and do or continue to do things that are contrary to God’s will and purpose for humanity then there are natural consequences.
The truth be known then if someone is constantly or regularly thinking about something they either do or believe, which prior to experiencing the benefits of salvation they know was contrary to the Law, and every time they have this thought or action which was contrary to the Law they justify this thought or action by thinking it is now ok because the Law does not exist for me, then they are a Law unto themselves. They know something is not right because it is written on their hearts, so the Law still has an influence in one’s life. Now just because we are not fulfilling the Law for righteous requirements does not mean the Law is bad, it is just that the Law has a purpose outside of righteous requirements and that is so one can experience the best quality of life possible. when we live contrary to the Law then there are also natural consequences to the decisions. If one steals then at some point they will get caught and prosecuted. If one is adulterous then they are going to have could contract diseases and experience social relationship issues.
What one does contrary to the Law which God has written on the hearts of all of humanity comes out of a wrong belief or understanding of ones true nature and identity. In other words God created us to live and experience life in specific ways and when we try to go outside of these boundaries it is because there is something in one’s life that is driving them to do so. Usually this is a result of an experience that has produced a wrong belief in their heart but can also be a result of the fact that this world has been influenced by fallen man and God’s original design became corrupt so even by birth there can be irregularities or abnormalities. This does not justify ones motive or actions but actually on the contrary in understanding this simple fact it enables one to realize that though there is something existing in one’s life contrary to original design or intent it can be corrected by believing God and experiencing the salvation of Jesus.
Another way of looking at this is if one is wanting to live a life that in some form or fashion is contrary to our intended design then usually it will build a wall up, or a stumbling block, in their relationship with God. In many cases it produces fear, guilt, shame, judgment or condemnation all of which usually drive one into seclusion in trying to cut off all forms of communication with God. One the opposite side of the spectrum I have also witnessed people who become delusional that their relationship with God is just fine because since there is no Law for righteous requirements God is always pleased with everything I do in my life. But this is basically telling God that even though you created me to experience life in its fullness one way you were wrong and I can do it my way. Paul sort of addresses this in Romans 9 when he asks the question, “Has the thing formed have a right to say why have you made me this way?” None of these things change God’s view and opinion of the person nor do they inhibit Him from reaching out or cause God to end the relationship from His end. His arms are always open and should the person realize what has happened when they change their minds to believe the truth in their hearts they are always welcomed.