Present Truth Part 22

8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Emphasis supplied).   

In my last blog I said there are 3 laws that we must understand and live by in order to attain the perfect righteousness that God requires to be saved. I also showed in last week’s blog how the law of sin which resides in our flesh makes it impossible for us to obey the law of God no matter how much we desire to obey and no matter how hard we try to obey (see Romans 7:14-24).  This is why we must understand and live by the 3rd law that is expressed by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:2. That law is the law of the Spirit of life which resides in Christ Jesus. This law overrides the law of sin and guarantees that the righteousness the law God requires will be fulfilled in us.

To fully understand how the law of the Spirit of life works we must look at what we are told in John 16:7- 14 where Jesus said:

16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  16:9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  16:12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 16:14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show [it] unto you.  

The reason Jesus said it is expedient that I go (v.7) is because it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to live the life of Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to give us understanding of all the truths Jesus taught as we are able to handle it (v.12 & 13). He does this by convicting us of our sins and our utter need of attaining Jesus’ righteousness (v.8 & 9). But the Holy Spirit doesn’t stop there, He goes on to do the work of judgment which writes those truths in our hearts and minds and empowers us to live by the truths He has revealed and bring glory to God (v.14).

This is the work of the Holy Spirit and this work is guaranteed by law to work in everyone who is in Christ Jesus.

In my next blog I am going to explain what we must do in order to cooperate with the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. In the meantime I leave you with this God inspired commentary on what Jesus said in John 16:7-14:

Having brought conviction of sin, and presented before the mind the standard of righteousness, the Holy Spirit withdraws the affections from the things of this earth and fills the soul with a desire for holiness. “He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13), the Saviour declared. If men are willing to be molded, there will be brought about a sanctification of the whole being. The Spirit will take the things of God and stamp them on the soul. By His power the way of life will be made so plain that none need err therein.  {The Acts of the Apostles page 52, paragraph 5}  (Emphasis supplied).