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The Spirit of Life

January 31, 2013

For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:2

What does it mean? Sometimes the translation of what Paul is saying overwhelms us and it is easy to gloss over the parts of the scripture we do not easily grasp.  We know it is saying something wonderful, but, especially if we have been previously reading in chapter seven, and you must be reading chapter seven just before you read chapter eight or you will miss the point- yesterday is not good enough! What’s more, if you have been wrestling with chapter seven, you might well want to get to the “good part” at the end of  chapter eight. The trouble is that this is one of the “good” parts easily missed.

    What is the law of sin and death?

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.”- Genesis 2:17

What is the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus?

“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”- Romans 8:11

Here quicken means to enliven, to make live. Resurrection and life. At the end of chapter seven Paul asks, “Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Spiritual death he speaks of.

And he answers his own question: “I thank God through my Lord Jesus Christ.” A quickening Spirit! Now that’s something to contemplate.It can set you free of more than you can imagine.

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