“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8.2
In Romans 7, Paul described the struggle he experienced between the law of the flesh and the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Each of us experiences this struggle because of our desire to serve the Lord and the desire of our flesh to keep on doing what we have always done – please ourselves.
With opening words of Romans 8, Paul has turned the corner in this struggle: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (8.1) “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:” (8.3)
Looking back on these opening verses in Romans 8, it is clear that Christ Jesus came to make us free from the law of sin and death. So when I hear one who is a professing Christ-follower say something like: “I just couldn’t help myself. I just couldn’t say no to the temptation”, a red flag goes up in my mind. Who was in charge of that believer’s life? Did he not realize that Christ came to condemn “sin in the flesh”? Listen friend, as long as we think we can handle the issues we confront in this world on our own, God will allow us. But that is not the wise choice, as Paul has pointed out here. Look as these words one more time: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Look at it, “made me free.” You don’t have to be in bondage to sin. choose the law of the Spirit of life in Christ.” Enjoy the freedom it brings. Just My Thoughts …