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We are free from the law of sin and death

“For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” — Romans 8:2.
It wouldn’t be right of me to mention that we have been set free from sin through Jesus without also mentioning we have been set free from the law of sin as well. What does that mean? It means through Christ we are now free from old covenant law including the Ten Commandments.
Being free from the law does not mean we now go steal, lie, murder and cheat on our spouses. I hate sin and the way the enemy lures people into it so he can steal, kill and destroy their lives. I am against sin. Do I make myself clear? So anyone who starts saying “that lady who writes in the Bargain Hunter says we can just go live in sin” is making things up because that is not how I feel.
Jesus has already paid for your forgiveness when you sin, but please stay as far away from sin as you can because it opens up doors to the enemy, and we don’t want to do anything to help that rotten snake out. Plus, as I mentioned before, it is not who you are anymore if you have received Jesus. You are no longer a sinner but a saint, so why would you want to be someone you are not?
But the way we stay out of sin, contrary to what many may think, is not by being under the law. The law is a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1) that made sin actually come alive in us. The law was perfect — don’t get me wrong — but God didn’t give the law so people could follow it perfectly, in turn making them perfect and justified in his sight. No, rather it was to do the opposite.
The law was given to bring out the sin in people to make them see their own humanity and weaknesses; it was to break them down to a point so they could see their need for a Savior.
Romans 3:19-20 says, “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
The law actually stirred up sin. It didn’t help in the fight against it. First Corinthians 15:25 says, “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.”
Galatians 3:24-25 says, “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
The law was meant to break us down and beat us up to the point that we stop relying on self and start having faith in the only one that could make us right with God: Jesus. Once we receive Jesus, we are not to be under that old system anymore because the law was not made for a righteous person (1 Timothy 1:9), and those who receive Jesus are now righteous.
Romans 7:6 says, “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”
Let me tell you, as long as you are under the law, sin will continue to have dominion over you because it will always point out your weakness, the one thing you lack and what you have to try to do in your own strength to overcome.
Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Being under the law does not change hearts or free us from sin; it is only through Jesus and his grace that hearts are changed and actions then follow. The law was about behavior modification. Jesus is about inward transformation that causes outward change. Our focus should now be on Jesus living in us, making us righteous and free, rather than the law, which drove us to a dependence upon self and our own performance.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” — 2 Corinthians 3:18.
I want to encourage you all to lay down your dependence on self to perform and just start beholding Jesus and how he has performed in your place. It will transform you into his image in a way that was never possible through the law.
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: September 18, 2017
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