Rom. 8:2 because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (CSB)
A Note about Spiritual Laws
The law of sin and death has been working for around 6 thousand years
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has been active for around 2 thousand years
Once a spiritual law is activated - unless there is a higher law that can supersede it - it stays active and working
Spiritual laws work the same for every person - everywhere - and every time
Both of the those laws are currently active.
One is producing life.
One is producing death
Both laws work the same for every person - everywhere - and every time
The Father sent Jesus to free individuals from the Law of Sin and Death
He did that by activating the Law of the Spirit of Life
Understanding that these 2 spiritual laws are active and working for everyone, everywhere, and every time is a key truth for Christians
These 2 spiritual laws:
Form belief systems
They form narratives and concepts around the world
Many things in the world are rooted in one of these laws
Creativity can be rooted in one or the other of these laws
Once you are alive IN CHRIST and experience the law of the Spirit of life
You can identify sin & death and the out-workings of it
We’ll say more about that later on…
What is and Who Activated the Law of Sin and Death?
Gen. 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden.
Gen. 3:3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” (ESV)
The law of sin and death was activated when Adam disobeyed God
Spiritual death came upon the human race
Spiritual death is the root cause of natural / physical death
Does the O.T. Law have anything to do with the Law of Sin and Death?
To say the L. of S. & D. is the Old Testament Law and nothing else
That would not be entirely true or accurate - WHY?
Because the law didn’t exist back in the garden where Adam and Eve fell
1 Cor. 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (ESV)
NOTE: the law put boundaries/limits/restraint on people
We could say - the law became the magnifier of sin - The bible calls it the strength of sin
ILLUSTRATE: Picture a group of people that had the works of the flesh
OTHER THAN THE HUMAN CONSCIENCE - There was not any law prohibiting any of them from doing what was working in their flesh
If no one makes a law and says it is wrong - then people will freely do it
They were doing things their flesh wanted to do
Then the law came..
Rom. 5:20a…God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were…(NLT)
Rom. 7:13 Was then that which is good, death to me? In no way. But the purpose was that sin might be seen to be sin by working death to me through that which is good; so that through the orders of the law sin might seem much more evil. (BBE)
This verse helps us see two things:
The law of sin and death was in the world - since the time Adam sinned
People were not alive unto God - because when Adam sinned spiritual death came upon all people (Rom 5:14)
They did not know what was right and wrong
Romans 7:13 explains the combination of unregenerate man and the restraint of God’s law - working together - MAGNIFIES SIN
the law being good - working bad
What are the Effects of the Law of Sin and Death?
we’ll look at 3 main areas that this law affected
ONE: The Earth and All of Creation
Rom. 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Rom. 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him wh