What is the law of the Spirit of life? And how is it different from the law of sin and death? Paul mentions these two opposing laws in his letter to the Romans.
“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)
The path to freedom is going to be different for each individual born-again believer, so all I can do is share my story. For me, after spending 15 years wandering in the wilderness of Churchianity, the Lord God Himself set me free to enter the Promised Land of Rest.
He made me free by slowly and gently leading me away from a life focused on “works.” He made me free by stripping me of my belief system that was based on rules and regulations.
Imagine one of those really irritating Christians who is all about, “you have to do this, and you shouldn’t do that!” Yeah. That was me.
But then my husband quit church.
I had spent years waiting for him to repent and obey, so when he gave up altogether, I had to completely let go of my hope of one day having the perfect Christian family.
It seemed so devastating to me at the time — church attendance was the “First Commandment” in my denomination (which was a non-denominational church) — but it was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me. His quitting church led me to quit church, and it was only then that I could see that I had made church attendance an idol. And that idol worship kept me separated from God in my mind.
I quit church in 2004, and by 2006 most of the ‘law of sin and death’ had been removed. By teaching me the truth, the Lord was able to get rid of the falsehoods that were keeping me in the wilderness. But there was one ‘law’ that I was still holding on to tenaciously! I still believed that we “have to ask forgiveness for our sins.” . . . Thanks to AM Radio and an excellent grace teacher (Bob George!), in 2007 the Lord was finally able to gently remove that one last requirement.
From that point on, I no longer had a Christian To-Do List. I realized that there was simply nothing left for me to do. I then began to live my life in a totally different way.
How was my Christian life different? I began living day by day simply trusting Him to lead me and guide me. The unrealistic expectations that I put on our three kids slipped away, and I began to relax and allow them to be themselves. I also began to give my husband grace, and stopped trying to change him into a repentant and obedient ‘godly man.’ I stopped believing that I could “serve God” (as if He needed anything from me! Acts 17:25), and I began resting in the the work He has already done for me.
In essence, I began living by the law of the Spirit of life. And I stopped living by the law of sin and death.
Here in the Promised Land of Rest, outside of Churchianity, I am able to live every day with Jesus — who is Life — worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.
It’s a wonderful life.
February 24, 2016