The Law of Sin and Death by Eudora Nachand

“The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus Makes Us Free”

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

The Torah of the Spirit is the Mosaic Law properly understood and taken hold of by the power of the Holy Spirit in believers, what the Apostle Paul elsewhere calls, the Torah’s true meaning which the Messiah upholds, usually rendered, ‘the law of Christ’. 

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Most people do not notice this so I will help here. Both the words  ‘law’ in this scripture (8:2)  are the Greek ‘nomos’ from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): –law.

Paul said, ‘For the nomos of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the nomos of sin and death.’

In other words, the nomos of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from the sin’s law, not the God given Law but the law that is anti-Torah.  (Against Christ) The law of sin that is in our members.

Romans 7:21-23 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

More specifically it is the Mosaic Law improperly understood and perverted by our old, sinful nature into a legalistic system of earning God’s approval by our own works.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

This interpretation can be paraphrased and expanded on the basis of Romans 7:4:

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. ~ Romans 7:4

Paraphrased: The law,  given to Moses, as understood and applied through the Spirit, thereby giving life in union with Christ Jesus,  has set me free from the aspects of the law that stimulates me to sin,  (see Romans 7:5) fills me with guilt (see Romans 7:15-24) and condemns me to death.

Genesis 2:16-17 ¶ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:17-19 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Before we came to know Christ Jesus, we were controlled by our old natures sinful desires that aroused us to produced a harvest full of sinful acts.  If we had continued down this path, it would have resulted in death. 

Romans 7:15-24 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

The only conclusion Paul could draw was that something was in him. It was separate from him in the sense that it was not inherently him, but it was in him.

Paul didn’t want to sin, but because he was human, living inside of a flesh body, he did everything he could to fight it, but he still sinned. He himself said that the law was good and that he did not want to be disobedient to the law.

I think that he reasoned with-in his mind that whenever he did things within his own self-efforts or flesh to do good works, he discovered that it was the sin nature that was trying to push its way through.  He was after all, still human.

The anguished cry of the defeated person torn apart by this inner conflict leads us all to cry out as the Apostle Paul did. ‘O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?’  He is asking, who will rescue the real me, (his heart, mind, body and soul) who wants to be obedient and not commit sin.

We gotta remember, Paul was a reformed Pharisee.  This was all new to Paul.  I have said this before elsewhere;  “everything that Paul would teach was like Lewis and Clark becoming the pioneers of their time, Paul became a pioneer in his”. 

As Paul said in verse 24, he delighted in the law,  (The Law of God, the Torah, the teachings of Moses, often called the Mosaic Law) after the inward man. It was the ‘other law’ that he had discovered that was at work in him and warring against his own will to do God’s will.  We all find it a battle to fight against the flesh that we live in because the sin’s nature wants to have its own way.  

The scripture says, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6:12)

This verse is referring to other humans, not ourselves.  Those humans that we come across in our path of life that are just down right nasty and mean, brash and crude.  They are still held captive by the enemy who is working with-in them so they are not whom we have conflict with,  it is the enemy that controls them. The powers that control them are obviously not guided by the Holy Spirit.

I am talking about the inner conflict with-in our own selves that battles against the unseen agents at work to wage war, the unseen sin nature prevalent from our birth that does not want to become subject to God’s will in our life simply because it is at enmity with God.  It does not want to yield to His power.  It wants to have its own way.

Paul said,  ‘because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.’ 

If we do not have the Spirit of the life of Christ Jesus in us Whom has slain enmity on the cross, we couldn’t bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ because the law of Christ would not be working to be fulfilled in us.

If we are not for God, we are against Him.

The more increasingly we (believers) fight that evil inclination; the more increasingly we become Christ like in all of our ways.  Face it, we have entered into a battle to command the flesh to be obedient that we cannot win without the help of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:3-4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The Law,  being a collection of words lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate,  so God sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.  Yahushua executed the punishment against sin in the human flesh so that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us. 

Being united with Yahushua means that we do not run our lives according to what our old sin nature wants because He gave us the Spirit to help us win the battle over flesh’s desire.  We can yield to the Holy Spirit Who teaches us how to be spiritually minded.

Because we now have the law of the Spirit working in our lives, the requirement of the law of God, (The teachings that God passed down through Moses) can be worked in us. We were simply to weak to meet these requirements on our own.  We needed someone to write these laws in our hearts and mind and then God’s power through the Holy Spirit to do them.

Romans 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

With our heart, mind, body, and soul we are a slave to God’s law, handed down through the servant Moses,  through the nomos of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, but with our old nature, a slave to sin’s law. (the law of sin that is in our members)

Therefore, because of Yahushua and the union that we have with Him, there is no condemnation waiting for those who are in union with Him.  Jesus,  nor His Spirit can be accused of not fulfilling the law of the Spirit with-in us.

That old sin nature dies a slow death, but everyday, through the grace of God who sent His only begotten Son, we put the flesh to death a little bit more each day because we have believed by faith in Jesus who died to set us free from the law of sin and death.

We can say it just like Paul did: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” ~ Romans 7:25

Through the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, we rely upon God to deliver us through faith in the fact that we died with Christ, we remain above the law of sin and death by the Spirit of Truth who guides us daily, if we are yielding to His power. 

When Jesus was raised up from the dead, death had no more dominion over Him. When we yeild to the power of God that is the Spirit, sin can not have dominion in or over our lives.  We can overcome.

However, if the Spirit of the One Who raised Yahushua from the dead dwells in us, the One Who raised Messiah from the dead will also make alive our mortal bodies through His Spirit because He dwells in us. Death will not have dominion over us either because His Spirit dwells in us.

Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

Paul often quotes the law and folks just fail to see the foundation that he is building on. Here is the foundation that Paul is teaching on in Romans 10:4-5

Leviticus 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

The scripture in Leviticus for example comes from the Torah,  one of the first five books of the Tanakh.  This scripture is part of the teachings of God that we do not stray.  The instruction given is to keep His statutes, and His judgments.  The judgement here is if a man does keep His statutes and judgments, he will live in them.

Should there be any doubt whatsoever, righteousness that results from obeying God’s statutes and judgments leads to eternal life. The verse says, ‘he shall live by them’. To make this a stronger statement Paul says ‘the man which doeth those things (the law) shall live by them’.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar: for a shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be transformed. When our mortal bodies will be clothed with immortal and this corruptible will be clothed incorruptible, then the written word will happen:

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. ~ Isaiah 25:8    

Isn’t this GRAND NEWS?  One day, and soon I hope… the disgrace and shame of His people will be taken away from the whole earth.  He will destroy death forever.

 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The requirement for the penalty of transgression against the law is death for scripture tells us that the wages of sin is death.   However, our Lord Yahushua Who has blazed a trail for us all to follow will one day swallow up death  in victory. 

Yahushua has set us free from the law of sin and death by giving us the law of the Spirit that now governs our lives. 

A new power is in operation.  This power is the Holy Spirit that God uses to put His laws into our mind, and write them in our hearts.  

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A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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