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It’s very important to understand how absolutely foreign death is to God. In Him there only exists life. Our death in the natural world was never meant to be anything other than ushering us into everlasting life in Him—His life. Paul tells us that, “this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about what is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’…The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”(1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

What’s interesting about this is that our theme verse—“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law”—follows so closely on the heels of this explanation of God’s victory over death.(1 Corinthians 15:56) This should help us to appreciate how close the relationship is between the concepts of law, sin, death and life.

So when Paul says “consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus,” we know that it must have profound meaning for our life here on earth—not merely in the life hereafter.

Set Free from Law

In Romans 8:4 Paul talks about there being a “requirement of the Law,” meaning that the law obligates us to obey it in its entirety.(James 2:10) But God knows there is no possibility that we can ever obey His entire law. And since the punishment for failing to do so is spiritual death—separation from God—He had to provide a way to overcome this barrier. So, God’s solution was simply to take the law out of the way as it relates to our relationship with Him.

Paul further explains this truth in Romans 8:3-4: “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

The effect of having been set free from law—since punishment for breaking it is no longer imputed—is that we are in fact now no longer subject to the realm of the flesh, even though our flesh may continue to brutally oppress us.

Paul puts it this way in Romans 8:9-10: “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…If Christ is in you, though your body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Consequently the outcome for us—unbelievable as it may seem—is that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”(Romans 8:1-2)

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

Dead to Law?

In the 7th chapter of Romans, Paul lays out in detail the remarkable truth regarding the basis for our freedom from the bondage of sin. Here we find that our liberty hinges on freedom from law—that is, being dead to law. And here the nagging question as to how we can be free from the power of sin, even as we continue to encounter shameful problems with it, is finally answered.

He begins his argument in Romans 7:1-3, where he says that law has jurisdiction over a person’s life only as long as he lives. This reinforces what he had just taught—that we have in fact died to sin. Without question we have, but not in the way we tend to think about it, since our death to sin is not really a personal death at all.

Let’s look a little closer. Paul says that freedom from law is actually the basis for our freedom from sin. He uses the example of a woman being held accountable to the Law by virtue of the fact that she is married. Consequently, she can’t pursue a relationship with another man without being labeled an adulteress. But when her husband dies, she is free from any responsibility the Law placed on her regarding her former husband.

Why is this important? Because although in this instance the wife is the one who has been freed from (dead to) law, she didn’t die at all; her husband did! And so it is with us. By comparison, we’re like the living wife rather than the dead husband when talking about our own death to sin. Just as the commandment concerning adultery now no longer applies to her, in Christ we have also been removed from the realm of jurisdiction of law.

We are in fact just as dead to law in regard to our sin as she is to the commandment which once governed her marriage. But law has lost its jurisdiction over us not because sinful behavior can now be considered legal, permissible or acceptable, but because our sin is no longer punishable. God has acquitted us of wrongdoing because the punishment for sin—that is, separation from Him—is no longer enforced. And this is the key to understanding the true nature of our death to sin.

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

Powerful Stuff

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil.

1 Corinthians 15:26  1 John 3:8  Hebrews 2:14

Covenant with Death

Your covenant with death has been cancelled and your pact with Sheol will not stand. In repentance and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength. I long to be gracious to you and I wait on high to have compassion on you. I the Lord am a God of justice. How blessed are all those who long for Me.

Isaiah 28:18   30:15 & 18

Soul vs. Spirit

The Bible talks about man being dead because of sin (Romans 7:9 – “I was once alive apart from the Law ; but when the commandment came, sin became alive, and I died”). This death obviously does not mean the death of the physical body, since it’s plain to see that there are still plenty of sinners running around out there. Rather, it speaks of spiritual death. My point is this: even when a person’s spirit is dead, his body, mind and soul continue to function normally, though not healthfully.

It’s extremely important to understand the significance of body, mind and soul being able to function devoid of the life of the spirit, because living without the support of the spirit has tremendous implications for both our behavior and our experience of life.

Let’s not forget that body, soul and spirit are inseparable in man—these elements of our nature simply cannot function independently of one another, whether or not our spirit is dead. I think back to what it was like trying to negotiate life with the weight of a dead spirit around my neck. I didn’t have a chance at a fulfilling life!

Choose a Life of Joy

Blessed are you because you believe in Me. Blessed are you who love Me. Because of the faith you have in Me, your life is secure and your soul is in eternity with Me. You need not fear death. You need not fear anything. For your life here on earth and forever more is in Me. I died that you might have life. I rose again that you might live a resurrected life. Choose to live in resurrection power. Choose to live with joy inexpressible. Lay down all doubts and fears and live in the fullness of My glory.

“Though you have not seen Me, you love Me, and though you do not see Me now, but believe in Me, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls”. 1 Peter 1:8-9.