Righteousness Smiles Down From Heaven

11 Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
Psalm 85:11 (NLT)

This article continues from yesterday’s version on the prophecy of the writer of Psalm 85. As I have mentioned earlier, the original intention of the writer was to pray for the restoration of his nation. He wanted his nation to be strong and prosperous again. God was so pleased with this prayer that He had not only put it in the Bible but also used it to deliver his prophecy. So, the guy who prayed the prayers in Psalm 85 had become a prophet unknowingly.

The lesson for us here is, we are free to pray for anything we like as long as we pray. Religious people like to create rules on what we can and cannot pray but God will never do that. In fact, if you are to follow those religious rules, you can throw away the Bible because the many prayers in it had violated those religious rules. For example, if you are to pray the prayers of Psalm 85, you will be branded as someone who is deluded by the “Prosperity Gospel” because the contents of this psalm is on asking God for prosperity.

The bottom line is, God wants us to pray. It does not matter if you pray wrongly or used the wrong words. God will not be offended and send you to hell if you happen to used insulting words on him. He is far greater than that. He still loves you. When we pray, we will be in communion with him. We will be giving him the opportunity to help us and correct our mistakes. Even your unspiritual prayers can turn spiritual in his presence, just like what happened in the prayers in Psalm 85.

The above verse is the second verse on the prophecy God had given to the writer. The first part says, “Truth springs up from the earth”. What does that mean? The only possible answer I can think of is the event of Jesus rose from the grave. The writer had made a tremendous breakthrough in his prophetic progress. He had even predicted the event of Jesus rising from the grave.

When Jesus died at the Cross, he died for our sins. He took all our sins on his body and took the punishments on our behalf. We will never be punished for our sins again because Jesus had taken all our punishments. Then Jesus died. He had to die because the wages of sin is death. He died our death so that we don’t have to die again. Death has no sting on us.

Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave. What is the significance of this event? The last part of the above verse tells us why: “and righteousness smiles down from heaven”. When Jesus rose from the grave, it means things are going to be fine. His sacrifice had been accepted and we are declared righteous in his sight. Righteousness smiles down from heaven.

We received righteousness from heaven. As I have mentioned before, we have Christ-Righteousness which comes form Jesus’ works at the Cross and not Self-Righteousness which comes from self performance. The term “smiles” implies God is delighted in us. He is not longer angry with us because all his anger had been consumed at the Cross. We are righteous and holy in his sight despite the mistakes we have made and the sins we have committed.

The prophecy in Psalm 85:10-11 is our reality today. Jesus had died for our sins and rose for our righteousness. We have been made right with God. The mistakes that we have made and the sins that we have committed can never remove our righteousness because we are Christ-Righteous and not Self-Righteous. Take time to reflect on our present right standing with God. Your life will never be the same again.

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Righteousness And Peace Have Kissed

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!
Psalm 85:10-11 (NLT)

Welcome to my study of Psalm 85.As we have read in the earlier verses, Psalm 85 is a record of an engineer’s prayer for the restoration of the strength and prosperity of his country. This is the type of prayers that the religious people will love to hate. Anyone who prays similar prayers today will be automatically labeled as “Prosperity Gospel”.

Some people may want to point out to me that the profession of engineers did not exist at that time. So, I would like to clarify that when I call the writer of this psalm as an engineer, I am referring to his mindset. He had a positive and constructive mentality. This is the characteristic of an engineer. God himself is an engineer. Anyone who habitually spends quality time with God will develop such mentality.

In this article, we shall look into a spiritual breakthrough. I suspect this guy did not know the true meaning of Psalm 85:10. Somehow, God had piggy-backed his prayers to deliver a prophecy on the result of what Jesus did at the Cross. Why is that so?

If you read the above verse carefully, there is only one event that can fit perfectly into it – Jesus death at the Cross. The writer was describing the result of the Cross. His original intention was to plead to God to put aside his anger and restore his nation. Yet, God had chosen to use this prayer to deliver a prophecy. This tells us that our God is capable of enriching our prayers. So, we should pray more. It does not matter if your prayers are only on material blessings like the guy who wrote Psalm 85. He can use our prayers to enrich us spiritually.

Let me explain on why I call the above verse as a prophecy on the result of Jesus’ death at the Cross. It says, “Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed.” It describes the combination of two components:
1. Unfailing love + truth
2. Righteousness + peace

Let us study in detail. The love of God for us is unfailing. God has unfailing love for us. No matter how much we have failed or how many mistakes we have made, God still loves us. His greatest desire is to with us. However he is also the God of truth. The truth is the human race is tainted with sin since Adam and Eve decided to rebel against God. God and sin do not mix. There is no way in the natural for the members of the sinful human race to be united with the holy God. This is the truth.

At the Cross, Jesus solved this problem. When Jesus died at the Cross, he took the penalty for all our sins. Anyone who believes is righteous in the sight of God. We are no longer sinful because the blood of Jesus has washed us clean. Now that we have no sin and righteous in God’s sight, we are in position to be with God and receive his unfailing love.

The second part of Verse 10 says, “Righteousness and peace have kissed!” The moment believed in Jesus and receive him as our savior, we are declared righteous. We are Christ-Righteous and not Self Righteous. This means our righteousness comes from Jesus’ works at the Cross and not from our personal performance. Our righteousness is independent from our personal mistakes and sinful acts because it is through faith and not works.

Since righteousness and peace have kissed, we Christians have the peace from God. As I have presented in the earlier article, the term “peace” in Hebrew is different from the “peace” in English. The Hebrew word is “shalom” and this is what it means:

Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom ….. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

So, “shalom” basically covers everything. Prosperity is a part of it. The writer had “stumbled” on the greatest prophecy of all time. God had used his prayers for the restoration of his country into a medium in delivering the prophecy on the result of Jesus ultimate works at the Cross.

Our Full Rights Will Come

23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
Romans 8:23 (NLT)

Let us begin with the first sentence in the above verse. Paul said we groaned. Why? He had a longing inside him to be released from sin and suffering. This tells me that Paul did not like to be in sin and suffer. This is the exact opposite of what religious churches are teaching for generations that God wants us to suffer. So, Paul is not a pervert and neither should we. As Christians we should make a clear stand against any form of sin and suffering like poverty and sickness because they have no right to oppress us.

That is not all. There is an “even though” in the middle sentence. Let us look at it. It says “even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory”. Paul was basically saying that the Holy Spirit inside us is a foretaste of future glory. It means we are going to have a glorious future and the Holy Spirit is giving us a little taste of it. Does that sound positive to you?

This means that the Holy Spirit is also a positive person. When I was in a religious church, I used to have the impression that the Holy Spirit is God’s watch dog. His role was to watch over me and report every sin I committed. Yet the above verse says otherwise. This is another lie from the pit of hell.

The role of the Holy Spirit while dwelling inside us is to help us and not condemn us. According to the above verse, he gives us some taste of our glorious future. Sounds like a positive guy to me. So, I conclude that the Holy Spirit is not a pervert.

The second sentence speaks about waiting with eager hope for a specific event. In this event we will receive our full rights as God’s adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Let me address the phase “adopted children”. It does not mean we are not God’s flesh and blood. As Christians we were born again into a new species called “god”. We are gods. This is our identity we can never change. The term “adopted” here refers to the Jewish custom where the father formally acknowledges his son when the latter has reached adulthood. After this “adoption”, the son will take up more roles and authority in the family.

The same will apply to us. The day will come where we will be in position for greater roles and authority in the Family. At this moment I have no idea how much roles and authority I will get but I am sure it must involve greater prosperity and I look forward to that.

The last part tells us that this day includes new bodies for us. We are going to receive new bodies. The verse does not elaborate the specifications for these new bodies but I suspect they must be an upgrade from our present bodies. In other words, they must be stronger, healthier, more resistance to disease and aging. I love to take up one of those. How about you?

The day will come, where we receive our full rights.

Blood On The Doorposts

28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.
Hebrews 11:28 (NLT)

Welcome to the nineteenth installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I just feel like writing on and on. Am I addicted to writing or what?

Let us go through the background story of the above verse. Moses escaped Egypt because he committed murder. He settled in the countryside with a sheep herding family. He worked there, got married and thought that was the way he was going to spend his entire life. He might have forgotten his destiny but God did not. God called him to lead his people out of bondage. To make it short, Moses demanded the Pharaoh to let his people go. The Pharaoh refused and resulted in God unleashing 10 plagues in the land of Egypt.

In the first 9 plagues the Israelites were automatically immune and therefore unaffected. They went along minding their own business while the Egyptians were suffering. However, such privilege was not available in the tenth. They did not have automatic protection and must do something to protect themselves. Why is that so? What is so special of this plague that makes it different from the first 9?

Hebrews 11:28 highlights this event and links it to faith. Let us look into it in greater detail to find out more. According to the above verse, the angel of death executed this plague. The angel of death specialized in executing death. What causes death in the first place?

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

Death is caused by sin. Why were the Israelites not exempted from this death? They were equally sinful as the Egyptians. God did not deliver them because they had lesser sins than the Egyptians. God delivered them because he remembers his covenant with Abraham. This is good news for us. We can go to God and expect to be delivered from our troubles even if our past lives are imperfect, as long as we are relying on our covenant with God that is sealed with the Blood Of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary. Our faith should be based on Jesus’ works at the Cross and not on our past lives.

The angel of death only knows sins. As long as there is sin, there will be death. The angel of death cannot tell the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. The Israelites will suffer the same calamity as the Egyptians unless they knew what to do. What they need is a substitute for their sins. God told them to sprinkle blood on the doorposts. Why blood? Shedding of blood represents the judgement of sins.

When the angel of death sees the blood at the doorpost, he will see judgement being executed in this household. Anyone who has been judged cannot be judge again. Therefore, the angel of death will not enter the house and pass over it. Thus, the “Passover”.

This is a representation of what Jesus has done for us. When he died at the Cross, he took all the penalties of our sins. If you accept Jesus as your savior, you are spiritually sprinkling his blood at your doorposts. As the angel of death sees the blood, he will pass over your house. Eternal lives are yours to claim. We don’t have to fear the judgement of sins anymore because all our sins had been judged at the Cross 2,000 years ago. No matter what condemnations the devils hurl at us, we shall have no fear because we have blood at our doorposts.

Through the blood at our doorposts we have the assurance that our God is always with us. He is always on our side.

In addition, Hebrews 11:28 speaks of death of the firstborn. Why firstborn? Jesus is God’s firstborn. Therefore the entire event was planned by God to give an early message that he will give his firstborn Son to pay the penalty of our sins.

This is our God. He is full of love and mercy. He does not condemns us, he redeems us. His desire is not to condemn us for our sins but to condemn our sins for us. At the Cross, Jesus took all our sins with him. As he was condemned, all our sins were condemned along with him. If you have received Jesus as your savior, you have his blood at your doorpost. You can look forward confidently for a wonderful future God has for you.

The Sacrifice Of Isaac

17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.”
19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.
Hebrews 11:17-19 (NLT)

Welcome to the thirteenth installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. I hope you enjoy being god after reading the previous article. In this article, we will look in detail on an incident, which can cause you to have a negative opinion on God if you don’t see it in full context. God instructed Abraham to kill his own son. If you read the above sentence alone, you may feel like staying away from God. Those who are against Christianity will prey on this incident to their advantage.

Let us start. The first fact I would like to highlight is this incident is a one-off event. It has never been repeated. So, if someone approached you and tell you that God wants you to sacrifice your son you can throw the scum out.

The second fact is, God did not ask Abraham to sacrifice his son the moment they first met. They knew each other long before it happened. God called Abraham when he was in his native country in Genesis 12. Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old. Before that he was 87 years old when Ishmael was born. The age gap between Ishmael and Isaac is 13 years. So Abraham must have got to know God for decades before he was asked to sacrifice his son. This means he must have known the true meaning of this sacrifice.

Thirdly, Hebrews 11: 19 tells us Abraham did not believe Isaac will really die. He was sure that even if he drove his dagger into Isaac’s heart, God would bring him back alive. How did he know? He had known God for a long time. His faith was firmly established. He trusted God. He was not in grief when he took Isaac for the sacrifice.

So far so good but why would God choose such a sadistic way of testing the man’s faith? In order to understand his intention, we need to understand his nature. God is sovereign. Being sovereign means he can do what he wants to do. He can make any laws and promises he wants. However, God is also a person of integrity. Having integrity means after he made the laws and promises, he is obliged to obey them. God has to obey his own laws and promises because he has integrity.

“What has that got to do with the sacrifice of Isaac?”

Be patient, I will get there. When Adam sinned, God banished him permanently out from the Garden of Eden. A cherubim was sent to prevent mankind from accessing the tree of life (Genesis 3:24). What is the tree of life? It is the source of eternal life. Today Jesus is our tree of life. However, if God to sent Jesus (who is our tree of life) to have communion with men and die for our sins directly, he would have broken his own law. After all, according to God’s rules, Adam and his descendents are to be cut off from God.

So, God planned to supercede this law with another one known as the Law Of Covenant. He made a covenant with Abraham. A covenant is a contract between 2 parties where both sides are to reciprocate the deeds done to each other. It is like saying we promised to help each other and stand together no matter what happens. I will do for you whatever favor you did for me. So when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, he was hoping that Abraham would obey because once he did, God would be obligated by the Covenant to do the same, send his Son to die for us.

Here is another clue. Let us look at Hebrews 11:17 in Young’s Literal Translation to get the literal words.

17By faith Abraham hath offered up Isaac, being tried, and the only begotten he did offer up who did receive the promises,

Notice that God called Isaac as Abraham’s “only begotten”. Isn’t that a mistake? Isaac wasn’t Abraham’s only son. Abraham had another son before that. God had purposely used the words “only begotten” because he had planned to send his only begotten Son to die for our sins. When Abraham through faith had obeyed God to sacrifice his “only begotten” son for God, he was obligating God to sacrifice his only begotten Son for us. Are you not glad that Abraham obeyed God? Otherwise, Jesus would not have come to pay for the penalty of our sins.

The difference is, when Abraham was ready to kill his son, God stopped him. When God was to kill Jesus, no one stopped him. Jesus died to pay for all our sins. Through him we have eternal life. Through him we have full access to all the blessings God wants us to have.

We Are Gods

12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12-13 (NIV)

Do you like the title? I am taking a break from Hebrews 11 to address the issue of us Christians being gods. I strongly believe this is what God wants us to take seriously. Here is the brief background on the reason I am writing this.

This blog has been attracting a lot of regular visitors. I believe many of you are sincere Bible believing Christians who want to build up your faith. However, there are also those from religious groups who want to fight for their religion. I am grateful for their participation because they have told me the latest persecution tactics used by the religious groups. By the way, I don’t waste time visiting the religious websites regularly. The question I suspect many may ask is why would I bother with what the religious people are doing?

Here is the answer. I don’t think I have to convince any Bible believing Christians that the persecution on us by the religious groups are inspired and directed by Satan. Satan had mobilized his army of religious people to persecute us because he is afraid of our faith. Therefore, when the religious people focus their attacks on a certain area, Satan must be extremely terrified of it. The actions of the religious people are the indicators on the fears of Satan.

One of them asked me whether I agree with Kenneth Copeland when he said we are gods and God is the biggest loser. Sounds like a trap like when they asked Jesus whether they should pay taxes. However, this is not a problem to me because I know the context behind the terms. One of the expertise of the religious people is they are good in quoting out of context. They quoted our words and gave their own meanings to them. Then they used the meanings to prove what they want to prove. To make the story short, I realize that the religious folks are very furious at Kenneth Copeland for saying that we are little gods that they slandered him as a Mormon. What does this mean? Satan must be very afraid of Christians seeing ourselves as gods. Well, I am going to make his nightmare come true. Run Satan, run. You can run but you cannot hide. I am your biggest nightmare.

So, in this article I am going to prove that we Christians are indeed gods and show you how we can access to the powers of God in our lives. Here we go.

John 1:12-13 above tells us that the moment we believed in Jesus, we have become the children of God. We are born of God. What does that mean? Let us look at the Bible to understand what does God mean by being children and born of someone or something.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:20-25 (NIV)

Please note the terms “according to their kinds”. It is the will of God for the offspring to be the same kind or species as the parent they were born from. So, the children of dogs are dogs. The children of cats are cats. The children of elephants are elephants. Therefore, based on the laws God has set, the children of God are gods. When we call ourselves gods, we are in line with the will of God. We are telling the truth according to the Bible. Terms like “Christians”, “believers”, “children of God”, “gods”, “godlings” and “little gods” have the same meaning.

“Now that I am god, what type of superpowers that I am entitled to?”

23″I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:23-24(NIV)

You have the power to receive anything you want. This power lies in your faith. Through faith we are able to activate our godly powers. Superman may be able to throw mountains to the sea but he cannot get everything he wants. He is still limited. We are not. We can have anything we want and make things happen the way we want them to happen because we are the children of God. We are born of God. We belong to the same species as God. We are gods. This means we are entitled to his powers, his prosperity, his success, his health, his eternal life and the blessings that God has.

Let me illustrate further. When a puppy is born. It is blind and unable to walk. All it can do is to lie down and drink its mother’s milk. It does not behave like dogs that we are familiar with. It doesn’t run around and bark. However it is still a dog. It is wrong to describe a newborn puppy as a potential god or a future dog. It is a compete dog. All it has to do is to continue to drink its milk and sleep. Soon, its eyes will open and its legs will gain strength. It will see what the other dogs are doing and find itself doing the same. At this time, it will behave like a dog.

In the same way, you may not have the characteristics of God right now even though you have believed in Jesus. You may be poor or you may be suffering from a disease. You may even have behaviors that are not compatible with God. You may be religious, selfish, hot-tempered, greedy or judgmental. However, you are still god. Not displaying godly characteristics will not disqualify you as a god. The puppy is a dog because it is born as one. It does not have to behave like a dog to be one. Likewise, the moment you believed in Jesus, you have become a child of God. You are born of God. You belong to the same species as God. You are god because you were born as one.

Like the puppy, you need to drink milk.

11We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.
12In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
13Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.
Hebrews 5:11-13 (NIV)

As you continue to read the Bible, pray and rest in God, you will grow. Soon you will start to display the characteristics of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

The above verses do not say you must use your own effort to create the outward manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit. You are not to force yourself to have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. They come from the Holy Spirit in you. As long as you continue to feed on God’s Word, the fruit of the Spirit will manifest in your life from within you. A puppy does not have to learn to bark. Its only responsibility is to drink milk. It will bark. Likewise, as you spend time with God, you will display the fruit of the Spirit. In addition you will have access to his prosperity, health and long life.

“Why not stick to the term ‘Christian’? Why bother with another term that invites persecution?”

There is nothing inherently wrong with the term “Christian” but this term is so widely used that it got abused especially by the religious people. When I introduce myself as a Christian, people will get the impression that I am a follower of a religion that subjects me to a list of dos and don’ts. It does not convey the meaning God wants it to have. I suspect many believers have the same problem too.

However, when I see myself as a god. I see a position of power and authority that God has given to me. I don’t live in sin not because I am prohibited to but because I don’t want to. I do not consider sin to be compatible to my status as god. I am so conscious of my status as god that I consider sin to be unworthy of me. I don’t bow down and worship an idol because as a god, I outrank all the idols in the world. Other than the Trinity, no one in this universe is above me in position and rank. For me to worship something that ranks below me is against the protocol. So, sin has no place in my life.

When I face problems, I will not face them as a helpless and limited human being. I am god. I have access to all the powers and resources of God my father. My father’s will is for me to triumph over every problems, challenges and trials. Lack has no place in my life. Sickness has no place in my life. Failure has no place in my life. Giving up my faith is totally unacceptable.

At the same time, I also realize that God is the sole expert on being god. I need to seek him, spend time with him, read, meditate and confess his Word. If you are a born again Christian, you are born as god but you will not be able to use your godly powers unless you grow in the Lord. You will have to read the Bible, listen to faith messages, pray, meditate and confess his Word. Your faith is the key for you to activate your powers as god. Now, do you understand now why Satan is terrified with Christians who see themselves as gods?

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)