April 2014 Teaching Letter - The Law of the Spirit of Life
The Law of the Spirit of Life
2Corinthians 5:17-18”If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Galatians 6:15”For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
Romans 8:1-4 Speaks of two different covenants for two different groups of people.
1) The Old Testament is not for New Creation people. The Ten Commandments are not for the New Creation.
2) The New Testament is not for unsaved people in a sense that they cannot understand it or comprehend it nor do they have the power or grace or ability to live it because they are not born-again. 1 Corinthians 2:14.
I) The Law of the Spirit of Life
A) It is a law of the Holy Spirit who is life. This is the divine nature or life of God Almighty in the person of the Holy Spirit. John 1:4 – life is light. Life is the opposite of death. Light is the opposite of darkness.
1) John 8:12 Jesus – I am the light.
2) Matthew 5:14 – You are the light.
1Thessalonians 5:5”You are all children of light, and the children of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.” Ephesians 5:8”For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord, walk as children of light.” We are ministers of the Spirit, the life, the light of Almighty God.
B) The intention of light and light in us
1) To reveal truth – the person of Jesus Christ.
John 14:17” The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him.” John 15:26 - The Spirit of truth shall testify of me. John 16:13-14 – He will guide you into all truth, he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me for he shall receive of mine and show it unto you. Matthew 5:15-16 “Neither do man light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light (life) unto all that are in the house. Let your life so shine before men, that they may see your good works (your God works) and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”” We are givers of the Holy Spirit, the light and life of Almighty God.
2)The light is to extinguish the works of darkness.
John 1:5”And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not-could not overcome it or extinguish it. (the light)” Colossians 1:13 “Who has delivered us out of the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” You have been translated or removed from Satan and his power and kingdom of sin, sickness, poverty and death. Romans 8:2 tells us that Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. From sin comes sickness and from sickness comes death. He has set us free from all moral and mortal liability.
3) As light overcomes darkness, so the life of the Spirit of God overcomes death.
What is light? It is an absence of darkness. What is life? It is an absence of death. 2Corinthians 2:14-16”Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus and makes manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in everyplace. For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life.” Death is an enemy. It is an enemy to be destroyed. How do we do that? With the life and power of the person of the Holy Spirit.
II) New Creation – New Law
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” The old covenant was a covenant of the letter that killed, brought death and condemnation. 2Corinthians 3:6. There is only one commandment or law to rule the new creation and that is to love one another as Jesus has loved us.
A) The Law is not against the promises of God. The problem is that it brought death and could not give life, that is, that no one could be justified or born again by the law. Galatians 3:21-29. Note verses 23-24. The law was our tutor – “to bring us” is in italics and is not in there and is wrong.
1) The Law was never for us, it was for the Jews under the old covenant.
2) The Law never brought anyone to Christ. The law was death.
3) The Holy Spirit is the only one that can bring a man to Christ.
Verse 25 – We are no longer under a tutor – meaning the Jews. The Law of Moses was given to spiritually dead men.
Romans 8:2, 3-11. Anytime you see flesh-sarx-in the Greek - you can translate it senses and it will give you a clearer understanding. The senses are the natural means by which a natural man governs his life outside of Christ. In verse five the spirit means the spirit of the re-created man which is one with the Holy Spirit. Let’s read it that way: “They that are after the senses do mind the things of the senses, but they better after the re-created spirit do the things of the re-created spirit that has the life and nature of God.” God has given us the new creation. He has given us eternal life, that is, the life and nature of the new creation. What is God doing right now in and through your spirit? He is giving life, the life of God to and through your mortal body. So what's the issue? The issue is new creation people trying to live under old covenant law and this cannot be done. 2Corinthians 3:17-18”Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” The love law is to rule our life. It is that law that releases the ability or resurrection power or life or light or glory of God into this world.