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The apostle Paul wrote, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death… because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death … So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death… For the law of Spirit of life which is in Jesus Christ has made you free from the law of sin and death.”[1]

First of all, what is the law of sin and death that we are set free from?

The law of sin and death is different from the law of sin, which Paul also wrote about in Romans 7.21-25, “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

This is the law of sin, which is at work within us and is common to all men: “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do… For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”[2]

However, this is the law of sin and death, which is also common to all men because the command was given to Adam, our forefather of sin, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”[3] It is not just the command of God that ushered in death to mankind when Adam sinned by disobeying God. For it is not only a command, it is also a truth. In fact, the first command God gave Adam was not this one, but He said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”[4]

So why do we surely die? Is it because we disobeyed God? Yes, it was. But it is much more than that.

The fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil opened the eyes of Adam and Eve. And the knowledge of good and evil made them conscious of sin, for as Paul wrote, “before the law was given, sin was in the world.”[5] They felt the shame of sin, which they attributed to their nakedness, so they sewed leaves to cover up the shame of sin. Yes, their eyes were opened to knowledge, but their hearts were not opened to understanding that nakedness was not a sin. Their eyes were opened to the knowledge of good and evil, but their hearts were not earnest to repent. Jesus said that the eye is the lamp of our body; when our eye is clear, our whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, our body also is full of darkness.[6] There was no shame in being naked, but they felt the shame of sin within their bodies – they felt the shame from hearts that did not at once regret what they did, and repent. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and did not repent, the law of sin and the law of sin and death began working in their bodies, and then they had sons and daughters in their own image and likeness. We were born in the image and likeness of Adam and Eve, with both of these laws working within the members of our body.

For by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, so sin reigned in death[7] in the kingdom of man which was given to Adam as a ruler, for He was commanded to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

We, who could not master sin, then became slaves to sin. And as a slave to sin, sin was our master and our master paid us with death. Man subjected his body to the law of sin and began to use the power of deception, which is the power of Satan, to cover up the shame of sin. To Satan’s tools of deception, which are lies, flattery and doubt, we even added blame as our cover-up. For it is inherent in the image and likeness of Adam to blame God when we make a mistake, just as Adam did. Just as Cain did when he replied, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” when God asked him where Abel was. Cain lied and blamed God for putting on him the burden of being his brother’s keeper.

When we ate from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, we surely died because the Lord’s Spirit would not contend with man forever, for man is mortal and corrupt.[8] The evolution of the law of sin working in our bodies saw man living from the average age of 900 years to 120 years, and now less than a mere 100 years. And we too began thinking and acting like the devil, who knew his time was short.

So what does it mean that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death?

What is the law of the Spirit of life? And how does it set us free? The law of the Spirit of life sets us free from death. Which death – the first death or the second death? It is both deaths.

The law of the Spirit of life is the command that enables us to go through the gates of the city; to be a pillar in the Temple of God in a city that has no temple because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple; to live with God as He makes His dwelling with men and to live in the house of our Father, which has many rooms prepared for us by Jesus, so that we may have a share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, New Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb.

It is the command, which this Jesus Law prepared the way in our hearts as we put His truth into practice, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again or born from above… I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”[9] It is the command of eternal life so that we may know the Father, the only true God, and Jesus whom He sent.

He who has an ear let him hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches. This is the law of the Spirit of life: The Spirit and the bride say, Come!”[10]

This is the command that is the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls, not only because it is the joy of reunion between the Spirit and His children. No, the law of the Spirit of life is the joy of union between the Perfect Son and His bride, the New Jerusalem.

For God made the Earth and He saw that all He had made was very good. But New Jerusalem, which will come down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband Jesus, is perfect.

And it is very important that it is the Spirit and the bride who say together, “Come!” because it shows us where He wants us to be. It is not from the Lake of Sulphur that the Spirit is saying, “Come!” is it? He does not say, “Come!” with the Lake of Sulphur, does He? The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”

How does this command set us free from the law of sin and death? The law of the Spirit of life is “Come!” – because the Spirit is saying to man that He will contend with man forever, that our years will no longer be limited to 120 years! The law of the Spirit of life is “Come!” – because the Spirit is saying to man that we are allowed to reach out our hands and take also from the Tree of Life and eat, and live forever! The law of the Spirit of life is “Come!” – because the Spirit is saying to man that a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever![11] The law of the Spirit of life is “Come!” – because the Spirit is saying to man that he who overcomes will inherit all this, and He will be his God and he will be His son![12]

And so there is now no condemnation for the sons and daughters of God who is Spirit – they who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in and through Christ Jesus, who is the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Jesus will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Him will never die. Do you believe this?[13] There is no condemnation for those who believe and live in the Resurrection and the Life.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears, say, “Come!” And whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.[14] But first let us say, “COME LORD JESUS!

Thank you Jesus for not leaving us as orphans.


 

[1] Romans 8.1-2 ESV, NIV and NLT

[2] Roman 7.14 & 19

[3] Genesis 2.16-17

[4] Genesis 1.29

[5] Romans 5.13

[6] Luke 11.34 NASB

[7] Romans 5. 17,21

[8] Genesis 6.4 and footnote reference 3

[9] John 3.3,5

[10] Revelation 22.17

[11] John 8.35

[12] John 8.35

[13] John 11.25-26

[14] Revelation 22.16

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