The Story Of 2 Laws

2For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:2 (Amplified Bible)

The above verse shows us the 2 laws that are at work in our lives. They are:
1. law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being]
2. law of sin and of death

Let us start from the second law. What is the law of sin and of death? The only clue we have are the words “sin” and “death”. The explanation is found in an earlier verse in the same book.

23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (Amplified Bible)

I think the King James Version of this verse is more popular and more often quoted.

23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)

I remember when I was in my previous religious church, I saw a poster that reads “DESPITE INFLATION, THE WAGES OF SIN REMAINS THE SAME,” in one of the rooms. I guess it was referring to Romans 6:23 with the purpose of scaring people into not sinning. Being religious, they seemed to have conveniently ignored the second part of this verse that says gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. This is why I never like to be religious at all. Being religious makes you focus on death instead of eternal life.

Let get back to the main topic. The meaning of the law of sin and of death is found in the first part of Romans 6:23. To put simply, sin will kill you. It causes death. In fact this law was in existence all the way from the beginning of creation.

16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
Genesis 2:16-17(Amplified Bible)

Right in the beginning of creation, God had declared that sin, which is basically disobedience to God will lead to death. However, this does not mean God is doing the killing. Sin is the killer, not God. My definition of sin is anything that kills, robs and steals from us. The reason why God hates sin is because he does not want us to be killed, robbed or be stolen from. He wants us to live in abundance.

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10(KJV)

All these show us that the law of sin and of death written in Romans 8:2 is a natural law. Just like the law of gravity it works on everyone of us regardless of who we are and what we believe in. As long as we have a single sin in our lives, we will die. This is bad news for us. Who can live a life without sin?

The good news is, like every natural law, the law of sin and of death can be superceded by another law. Is it possible for one law to supercede another? Think of gravity. The law of gravity dictates that anything with mass is to stick to the ground. Yet, birds can fly. So can air crafts. Nowadays, you can find remote control planes and helicopters in toy shops. So, even little children know how to overcome gravity. This tells us that the law of gravity can be superceded by another law. If you know how to activate this law, you can overcome gravity and fly. The birds know how to do it.

Therefore, the law of sin and of death too can be superceded. Romans 8:2 tells us that this law can be superceded by the law of the Spirit of life. Let us go through the verse again.

2For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:2 (Amplified Bible)

What can we learn from the above verse? Obviously, the law of the Spirit of life comes from Jesus and our new beginning. It is so powerful that it can free us from the law of sin and of death. If the law of sin and of death can be explained from the first part of Romans 6:23, then surely the law of the Spirit of life can be explained from the second part of the same verse. Let us look at it again.

23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (Amplified Bible)

It is clear now that the law of the Spirit of life means eternal life in union with Jesus Christ our Lord. If you have believed in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have the law of the Spirit of life working in you. You have eternal life. The law of sin and of death has no power over you.

“Does this mean as a christian I can sin as much as I want?”

The law of the Spirit of life guarantees you eternal life regardless of your sins. This means God will not hold your sins against you because Jesus has taken all your punishments at the Cross. However this does not mean you are free from the side effect of sins while you are in this world. Let me give you some examples.

If you commit murder, you will be arrested and punished according to the law of your country. In Singapore, convicted murderers can be hanged. If you commit adultery, you are destroying your family. The family that you have been working hard to build can be destroyed by just a momentary fun in an adulterous relationship. Not only that, you are putting yourself at risk of being infected by sexually transmitted disease. If you are lying all the time, no one will trust you. When you are in real need and ask for help, no one will help you because they do not believe you.

The above just a few examples on the side effect of sins. While sins do not affect our eternal life, they can make our lives on earth miserable. So the wise choice is to live according to the Word Of God. Study the Bible to find out how God wants you to live. If you choose to obey, success and prosperity is yours.

8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:8(KJV)

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One Response to “The Story Of 2 Laws”

  1. anna siebert Says:

    Thank you dear saint for this explanation – it is what I believe it means, just could not put it into words.


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