God is a Spirit. So the law of God is also called Law of the Spirit of Life. It is what we read in v.2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. How the law of Sin did impose penalty on all men has been by stealth. What gave it power was indirect and in Adam nevertheless I am under its shadow. ‘For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me(Ro.7:11).’ We see those who are under the law of sin prefer to justify thmselves. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved(John 3:20).” They are enemies to good counsel and resist God. Secondly they serve Satan in promoting discord and confusion. In our own times we see them spreading conspiracy theories and split God’s people by stealth. They are enemies of God. In the Parable of the Tares we see Satan sowing tares while all slept. The same spirit of Satan working through the serpent beguiled Eve and has continued through passage of time. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil(1 John 3:8)”..The works mentioned here is intended to disrupt the divine Will. Remember the warning of Jesus. As the only begotten Son he is entrusted with a task of gathering, building up for kingdom of God. “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth(Lk11:23).
The earth and the fulness thereof belongs to God. So this spirit of Satan is not legitimate and he operates as a burglar marking out houses to burgle and it is in the cover of darkness. We have in the Gospel of John what a thief can do. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:(John10:10). Sin is in short a destroyer.” The church is compared to a flock entrusted with God the Good Shepherd. “(Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber-John 10:1)” Whereas how the Law of God did was by direct. Firstly He sent his only begotten Son (John 3:16).
The Spirit shows what the enemies to God masterminded the death of God the Son. The mocking inscription ‘This is Jesus the King of the Jews’ was a blatant assertion of the law of sin working through the enemies of God. St Paul while writing to the church at Colossae (Phrygia, Asia minor), refers to it thus “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…” Secondly the resurrection of Jesus brings out a new way for those who believe in him. Because he triumphed over the disbelief of his enemies in his divinity and kingship his resurrection establishes a new law in place of the old. The law of grace or the Law of the Spirit of Life annulled the ordinances which lay under the law of sin. It is what we read in v.15. ‘…., he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it(Col.2:14-15)’.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
v.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
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:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.