“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 [NKJV].
The Law of The Spirit of Life; what is it? Is it yet another law? But I thought we weren’t under the law in Christ? There are so many questions that arise when we encounter words like “Law.” In some Christian circles we seem so paranoid about the word, as though someone is trying to get us to forsake that cross of Christ. You must calm down. The Law of The Spirit of Life is not ‘The Law,’ it’s ‘A Law” and it’s not what you think.
The Law of the Spirit of Life is basically the Law of the Holy Spirit, the Law of the New Covenant, it is Love. Yes I know it’s such a rush, but if you look deeply at what the new covenant contains you’ll begin to understand that it’s all about Love, it’s all about God because God is love. Let’s take it slow and break down the 2 expressions of the Law of The Spirit of Life: The Promptings of The Holy Spirit and Love. Eventually you’ll see that both intertwine. We’ll discuss the role of The Holy Spirit in this lesson.
“But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMP].
The Lord Jesus told us that, though He was leaving the earth realm, He would send us the Holy Spirit who would be our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby. We must realize that to effectively do all that God has put us on this earth to do, we need to yield to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is the one to comfort us in our tough times; He counsels us in the times for making decisions, major or minor; He helps us in every way; He intercedes for us when we pray in the spirit; He strengthens us when we are weak, advocates for us and is our standby. Observe the verse of scripture below.
“But now we are discharged from the Law and have terminated all intercourse with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the old code of written regulations, but [under obedience to the promptings] of the Spirit in newness [of life].” Romans 7:6 [AMP].
Under the new covenant, we serve and live our lives in obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one that shows us what to do now, in conjunction with God’s Word. It’s no more an I-do-it-my-way kind of life, it’s more of the I-do-what-God-Prompts kind of life. On the lesson about Love, you’ll begin to see how it all adds up. That’s when some scriptures will start making a whole lot of sense to you.
I’ll discuss more about the Holy Spirit in the next lesson.
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