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Law That Frees Us From Sin and Death

There is a law that frees us from the law of sin and death. This law is the "law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus." Rom. 8:1

The Law of Moses could not free anyone from sin and death:

 "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh," So God sent his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin and condemned sin in the flesh! See Rom. 8:3

The death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross did not make provision for believers to continue to sin in the flesh without repentance. Rather, Jesus Christ condemned sin in the flesh. He did this so "that the righteousness of the law" might be fulfilled in the Christian, not while he walks after the flesh and sins as a lifestyle, but as he walks after the Spirit, which means to live according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  

The Bible is plain that salvation cannot be earned or deserved and that the sinless blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only propitiation for sins. The Bible is also clear that the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in believers as they walk after the Spirit:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4

The life of a blood-bought believer is a life that is lived in obedience to the Holy Spirit rather than in obedience to the dictates of the flesh (selfish desires). Walking in the Spirit does not cleanse from anyone from sin but it God's requirement for those who are in a New Covenant relationship with him.

 "But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." Gal. 5:18

Being led of the Holy Spirit is also what is meant by walking in the light:

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

There is no more condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. God requires holiness from those who have received the free gift of eternal life. Man's carnal reasoning rebels and rationalizes away this truth but the Bible contains hundreds of conditional verses for believers. (See Secure in Christ by Dr. Cathy Burns.)

A true Christian who walks in the true grace of God (1) is a partaker of the New Covenant which was made possible by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. God requires every person who is a partaker of the New Covenant to regard the blood of the covenant as a holy thing: 

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:29

God considers Christians who sin willfully as regarding the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as an unholy thing! Indeed many believers erroneously consider the blood of Jesus Christ and his "finished work" a commodity that will cleanse them from willful sin. This is not the case. The Bible teaches that those who sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth will receive fiery indignation, not cleansing of sin.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26, 27

The Bible does not say how long after a Christian sins willfully before "there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin." The time frame is not specified. We know that God is merciful and not willing that any should perish. If you are a Christian who is currently "sinning willfully" please repent while the Holy Spirit is still convicting you.

God has given us everything the Christian needs to hold the beginning of their confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ steadfast until the end. Those who are truly saved are being made free from sin, and have become servants to God. They have their fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life:

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:22

Notes:

(1) 1 Peter 5:12: By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

Must see: What Law Are Believers Under? (It is not the Mosaic Law) and God is Not Mocked By a False Definition of Grace


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