THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH

Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:1-4

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

The phrase “the law of sin and death” refers to the moral law as summarized in the Ten Commandments.  Le’t remember what the purposes of the law are.  First, the law gives knowledge of sin — “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20).  Because of our disobedience to the law, the law condemns — “For the law brings wrath” (Romans 4:15).  The law was never meant to save.  It was to cause our sins to stand out and to condemn them.  The law is always the great cause of condemnation.  Read each of the Ten Commandments.  We are guilty of violating every one of them.  Our failure to keep them condemns us.

The law also shows us the way to righteousness.  It shows us how God wants us to live and act. It serves as the basis for ethics and morality.  The law shows us God’s ultimate requirement — “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”  (Matthew 5:48).  None of us can ever meet the standard of the law.  The Bible tells us that when we fail at one point of the law, we are guilty of it all — “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it” (James 2:10).

Because the law condemns, it produces death — “The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law” (I Corinthians 15:56).  Thus the law, in this sense, is “the law of sin and death.”  But the good news is — “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”  This is why we so desperately need Jesus Christ!

Lord Jesus,  I know that the law condemns me.  I have failed at keeping it so many times.  My only hope is You.  I flee under Your wings for refuge.  Save me, Savior, or I die.

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