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Thursday | 26 April 2018
Law and sin

The law is not sin. However, we know sin by the law. The law is no longer the cause of death for us. It is sin that is causing our death through the law that is good. By its action, sin is shown to be sin. In other words, sin is exposed for what it is by what it does to us with the law. That is, it kills us.

When we come into Christ, we are no longer connected to the law as a covenant that will give us life if we fulfil it. Furthermore, we are not judged by the law while we are in Christ. However, we find ourselves in a wretched condition when, motivated by our own law, we endeavour to fulfil God’s law through our own efforts. This is because our flesh is weak and we inevitably fail to keep the law of God. In other words, when we endeavour to live by our own law, we are brought under the judgement of God’s law.

Victory over this wretched condition is found as we walk after the Spirit, and are sanctified to our work. Even though our physical body is dead because of sin, our spirit is alive because of righteousness. This point directs our attention to how we set our mind. If our mind is set on Christ, ‘our will’ will be set free from its bondage to the flesh. This is because the mind of Christ comes with the Spirit of Christ who dwells within us.

If the Spirit of Christ is in us, our mind has a choice. Instead of defaulting to the flesh, we can set our will on the Spirit of God and He will strengthen us to do His will. This is because ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’. We receive these capacities when we are born of the Spirit.


Further Study:
Romans 7
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 26

References:

Rom 8:10-11
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

2Ti 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1Co 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Gal 3:10-13
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "The just shall live by faith." Yet the law is not of faith, but "The man who does them shall live by them." Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree").

2Co 4:11
For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
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