Spiritual Law of Sin and Death

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The apostle Paul wrote of being free from the law of sin and death. Since spiritual death is what a person deserves for engaging in sin (Rom. 6:23), the “law of sin and death” is also the “law of sin” (Rom. 8:2; 7:23).

This is a universal spiritual law codified in the Law of Moses (Deut. 24:16) that applies to all spiritual beings, including humans. It requires that everyone who rejects God’s standard of righteousness will receive the judgment prepared for Satan and those who follow him: eternal separation from God and unimaginable torment (Matt. 25:41; Rev 20:10, 15).

When we were sinners, we were slaves to impurity and increasing wickedness (Rom. 6:19), so we could do nothing but sin, and this law guaranteed our eternal punishment. But God loved everyone in the world so much that he gave his Son Jesus, so everyone who accepts Jesus’ death for their sin will have eternal life (John 3:16).

When we accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, he set us free from the law of sin and death, and he no longer condemns us for our sin (Rom. 8:1-2). We’re now free from slavery to sin and released from the written law of Moses (Rom. 6:6; 7:6). Yet Paul admits our flesh – our physical bodies plus our sinful thinking and behavior – can still be enslaved to the law of sin (Rom. 7:23, 25).

We still live in this sinful world, so our minds and bodies remain affected by sin. God won’t redeem our physical bodies until the Lord returns for us, but we’re to renew our minds by repenting; that is, by making our thinking conform to the Bible (Rom. 12:2). As we do that, we’ll think more like God and less like the world, so we’re less inclined to sin.

Because we serve Jesus as Lord, we’re destined for eternal life and glory, not eternal punishment, and he won’t condemn us for our sin. But if we continue indulging in sinful thinking and behavior, we become increasingly vulnerable to Satan’s influence, and the spiritual law of sin guarantees we’ll continue experiencing the natural consequences of our sin in this life.

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  1. Thanks for the script

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  2. You say “the spiritual law of sin guarantees we’ll continue experiencing the natural consequences of our sin in this life.” But if you couple Rom8:2 with Rom8:11 the Spirit of life will give LIFE to our mortal bodies. The spiritual law of life guarantees we’ll will experience the supernatural consequences of God’s life, healing, divine health in this life Thru the Holy Spirit that lives in us.

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    • Romans 8:11 can apply to healing in life, but definitely applies to Jesus transforming our mortal bodies at his appearance so we’ll have everlasting life (Phil 3:21).

      I completely agree supernatural health in this life is a blessing of our covenant relationship with God. We must recognize that, while laws are immutable and inviolable, one law can supersede another under certain conditions (see Introduction to Spiritual Laws)

      Yes, we’re free from the law of sin and death – eternal spiritual death and loss of good things in life – but we’re not to use our freedom to indulge our flesh or cover up evil (Gal 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16). For example, Jesus healed a man, then warned him to stop sinning or something worse may happen to him (John 5:14; also see Matt. 18:32-35; 25:26-30; Acts 5:3-6). We’re accountable for what we receive from God and what we learn from him. Using a kingdom blessing for personal benefit is based on selfishness – the original sin and foundation for all sin (see It All Began in the Garden of Eden) – and interferes with our relationship with God, which is based instead on selfless agape.

      Choosing to sin makes us vulnerable to Satan’s influence and sin’s effects because we’re aligning with Satan’s kingdom, not God’s. It would be dangerous to think God’s blessings always override any natural consequences of our willful disobedience and self-indulgence.

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  3. Fully agree with your comment that we cannot indulge in sin and expect God to overlook that and still bless us with the Law of the spirit of life.
    If we walk in the Spirit and remain in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit and walk under His leading on a daily basis, we can then expect to receive the blessings of supernatural consequences of God’s life, healing, divine health in this life Thru the Holy Spirit that lives in us.

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