Who Is Under The Law Of Christ?

J. D. Conley
June 16, 2013

Are Christians the only ones under the law of Christ, or, are all people subject to it? The Bible teaches that all are under the law of Christ as set forth in the New Testament. Not only this, but all people are violators of His law. The apostle Paul wrote: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23), because, "for where no law is, there is no transgression" (Rom.4:15). "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law...and all the world may become guilty before God" (Rom.3:19). How can people be guilty of breaking a law they are not under? The Scriptures teach that all are under the law, because all have sinned.

Therefore, it follows that all men are required to repent, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). In preaching the first Gospel sermon, the apostle Peter coupled repentance with baptism for the remission of sins, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..." (Acts 2:38). Notice that Peter enjoined repentance and baptism upon "every one of you." Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mk. 16:15-16).

The Gospel is to be taken into "all the world" and "preached to every creature." This means every accountable person is amenable to it. This leaves out no responsible person. Since the Gospel is addressed to all people, then it must be true that all people, everywhere, are under the law of Christ. Have you obeyed the Gospel? The Lord requires it.