But what about when I still sin? Are you still hung up on the Law?
Legal claims only have power over a person as long as they are alive. Don’t you know that when people are married by the law, if one dies, they are released from the marriage covenant law? The living spouse is free to marry another. Well, we died to the law of sin with resulting death through the body of Jesus, so that we can belong to another new living covenant law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. We now are in relationship with and belong to the One raised from the dead – Jesus Christ. We now have the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (more coming in Romans 8:2). Now, we are enabled bear good fruit for God, instead of destructive fruit for evil.
Previously we were living merely in the fleshly physical body with sinful passions and appetites. We no longer are slaves to that old code of written regulations, but rather in relationship with our new Lord, and under obedience to the promptings of the Spirit. It is a new Way to live!
The Law is still good and true and just. Without it, I would not have known about coventousness or been sin conscious or had a sense of guilt. But, when I heard, “Do not covet”, it also aroused forbidden desires. The Law sentenced transgressions to the death penalty. Even though the Law was designed and intended to bring good in life, it resulted in bringing death and condemnation. It was not the Law that brought me death, but the transgressing of it, which is sin.
There was no hope. All people are creatures of the flesh, carnal and unspiritual, sold into slavery and the control of sin. We are confused by our own actions. By our habits: we do not do what we should, and the very thing we detest (against our moral instincts) we do! I find I am in bondage to sin! I have the intension to do what is right, but no power to carry it out! Evil is in me and is insistently demanding, even when I want to do right. My physical flesh is fighting against my mind, and now also against my new spirit! My new nature still mourns my failures. O how unhappy, pitiable, and wretched am I! Who will release and deliver me from my flesh body that sins?
Thank God!!! He will save me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Indeed, in my mind and heart I serve God and His Law, but in my flesh I sometimes serve the law of sin. How can God save me from my own sinfulness and sins?
In the original Bible there were no chapters and verses….so we must continue and finish answering this question in Romans 8:1-2.
Romans 8: 1-2, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation, no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live and walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus, the law of our new being, has set me free from the law of sin and death.!
Oh Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Through repentance and forgiveness, He gives us opoportunity to stay in close relationship with Him and to continue in our new path of righteousness.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
More on how this works next time……..