The Law of Life
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law [the Ten Commandments] was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering."1
As a kid there were times when I did some dumb things—really dumb. For one thing, I wanted to know what electricity felt like. My mother would have had a heart attack if she knew what I was about to do. I took the cover plate off an electric light switch … fortunately I knew not to put my finger directly on the connection, so I swiped my hand past the connection as fast as I could. Trust me, I never did it again … and I never told my mother. And where I grew up the home power supply was 240 volts, not 110 as it is in the U.S. It's fortunate that I am here to write about it.
There are lots of things in life that can be deadly. Most of us, though not all, are smart enough not to do these things. What many are not aware of or ignore, however, is another of God's laws—the law of sin and death.
Electric shock can cause instant death. The law of sin and death is far more deadly even though its effects aren't seen instantly. The death it causes is spiritual (soul) death. Without accepting God's cure, it means that in life after death one is eternally separated from God, the author of all love and life, in the place God's Word calls hell—whatever and wherever that may be. Of one thing we can be sure, it will be hell!
And what is the cure from the consequences of the law of sin and death? It is adhering to God's "law of the Spirit of life." That is, admitting that I am a sinner, believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins, asking God for His forgiveness, and accepting Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.
Whatever you do in this life be sure to apply God's "law of the Spirit of life" so you will not have to suffer the dreadful and eternal consequences of the "law of death." This is God's special gift for you. For help, click on http://tinyurl.com/8glq9 or on the Know God link below.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your great love in giving your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for all my sins, and in so doing, you provided the 'law of the Spirit of life' to save me from the unthinkable consequences of the 'law of sin and death.' Please help me to be sure that I have followed Your 'law of life' and received Your forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. Romans 8:1-3 (NIV).