DEATH IS THE ABSENCE OF (THE SPIRIT OF) LIFE [1435a]

Life was lost a long time ago. “Once I was alive apart from law, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died”. The spirit of natural life had been present, but as a law of total comprehension arrived, as the consciousness of the ‘bigger picture’ and our place in it arrived, death enveloped us in its cloud of negativity as the polarisation of right and wrong materialised in our thinking.

The division of conscious and subconscious is probably a factor in this. The biblical observation is that we should be like children, which means we should be relatively carefree and operating from a spontaneity of thought, word, and action. Our psychology should be an ‘upfront’ one which doesn’t have to do a doubletake before we say what comes to mind, or where we have to do a double check in our mental processing before we say or do whatever, because we are fearful of any repercussions of that word or deed. We should be an outward projection of our inner being, our life in the Spirit, of our ‘alive’ spirit.

And that may give an indication of how love works.

DEATH IS THE ABSENCE OF (THE SPIRIT OF) LIFE [1435]

Life was lost a long time ago. “Once I was alive apart from law, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died”. The spirit of natural life had been present, but as a law of total comprehension arrived, as the consciousness of the ‘bigger picture’ and our place in it arrived, death enveloped us in its cloud of negativity as the polarisation of right and wrong materialised in our thinking.

The division of conscious and subconscious is probably a factor in this. The biblical observation is that we should be like children, which means we should be relatively carefree and operating from a spontaneity of thought, word, and action. Our psychology should be an ‘upfront’ one which doesn’t have to do a doubletake before we say what comes to mind, or where we have to do a double check in our mental processing before we say or do whatever, because we are fearful of any repercussions of that word or deed. We should be an outward projection of our inner being, our life in the Spirit, of our ‘alive’ spirit.

And that may give an indication of how love works.

WHEREVER YOU SEE THE WORD “LAW”, SIN AND DEATH ARE NOT FAR BEHIND. [1424b]

The complexity of the theological arguments centred around Romans 7 must be the perfect demonstration of the utter deceptiveness of sin. The principle of law is tied to the principle of self determination, autonomy from God. Law contains all those elements which pertain to the observation of a creation gone wrong, gone its own and separate way.

It is from within those elements, and composed of those elements, that spiritual diversion and division occur. Just where God “breaks the back” of evil, so does evil pop up to confuse the issue. The same thing happens with the atonement.

There are those who are continually rebuilding the temple curtain, re-erecting the barrier set up between man and God that happened when Adam was “kicked out” of ‘heaven’. The barrier of conscience which was the establishment of the law of sin and death, preventing access to the “Holy of Holies”.

Forever keeping man locked into legalistic principles, maintaining our separation from our “Abba” Father, even by maintaining His “name” in hushed tones of false reverence, keeping Him locked up in “unapproachable light”, special names for Him and for Jesus that are intended to maintain the separation of our heart from His.

So don’t be deceived, the “good law” brings out the worst in men so that the Pharisees are still alive and well on planet earth. Someone said to me that I need to bring out the meanings of the Greek words in order to establish the truth of Romans 7. But all these top theologians do that already, and THEY still can’t agree on anything.

It is as simple as this – where you see “law” you will not find Spirit. You will find only death, not life, and this is what Romans 7 is telling us.

https://www.creflodollarministries.org/Watch-and-Listen/Archived-Services?slug=Understanding-Romans-7&page=1

[The “prize” at stake is your soul – to keep it bound to your flesh by having you believe Jesus has not totally released you from it’s power][Regardless of your ‘performance’] 

WHEREVER YOU SEE THE WORD “LAW”, SIN AND DEATH ARE NOT FAR BEHIND. [1424a]

The complexity of the theological arguments centred around Romans 7 must be the perfect demonstration of the utter deceptiveness of sin. The principle of law is tied to the principle of self determination, autonomy from God. Law contains all those elements which pertain to the observation of a creation gone wrong, gone its own and separate way.

It is from within those elements, and composed of those elements, that spiritual diversion and division occur. Just where God “breaks the back” of evil, so does evil pop up to confuse the issue. The same thing happens with the atonement.

There are those who are continually rebuilding the temple curtain, re-erecting the barrier set up between man and God that happened when Adam was “kicked out” of ‘heaven’. The barrier of conscience which was the establishment of the law of sin and death, preventing access to the “Holy of Holies”.

Forever keeping man locked into legalistic principles, maintaining our separation from our “Abba” Father, even by maintaining His “name” in hushed tones of false reverence, keeping Him locked up in “unapproachable light”, special names for Him and for Jesus that are intended to maintain the separation of our heart from His.

So don’t be deceived, the “good law” brings out the worst in men so that the Pharisees are still alive and well on planet earth. Someone said to me that I need to bring out the meanings of the Greek words in order to establish the truth of Romans 7. But all these top theologians do that already, and THEY still can’t agree on anything.

It is as simple as this – where you see “law” you will not find Spirit. You will find only death, not life, and this is what Romans 7 is telling us.

https://www.creflodollarministries.org/Watch-and-Listen/Archived-Services?slug=Understanding-Romans-7&page=1

[The “prize” at stake is your soul – to keep it bound to your flesh by having you believe Jesus has not totally released you from it’s power][Regardless of your ‘performance’] 

WHEREVER YOU SEE THE WORD “LAW”, SIN AND DEATH ARE NOT FAR BEHIND. [1424]

The complexity of the theological arguments centred around Romans 7 must be the perfect demonstration of the utter deceptiveness of sin. The principle of law is tied to the principle of self determination, autonomy from God. Law contains all those elements which pertain to the observation of a creation gone wrong, gone its own and separate way.

It is from within those elements, and composed of those elements, that spiritual diversion and division occur. Just where God “breaks the back” of evil, so does evil pop up to confuse the issue. The same thing happens with the atonement.

There are those who are continually rebuilding the temple curtain, re-erecting the barrier set up between man and God that happened when Adam was “kicked out” of ‘heaven’. The barrier of conscience which was the establishment of the law of sin and death, preventing access to the “Holy of Holies”.

Forever keeping man locked into legalistic principles, maintaining our separation from our “Abba” Father, even by maintaining His “name” in hushed tones of false reverence, keeping Him locked up in “unapproachable light”, special names for Him and for Jesus that are intended to maintain the separation of our heart from His.

So don’t be deceived, the “good law” brings out the worst in men so that the Pharisees are still alive and well on planet earth. Someone said to me that I need to bring out the meanings of the Greek words in order to establish the truth of Romans 7. But all these top theologians do that already, and THEY still can’t agree on anything.

It is as simple as this – where you see “law” you will not find Spirit. You will find only death, not life, and this is what Romans 7 is telling us.

https://www.creflodollarministries.org/Watch-and-Listen/Archived-Services?slug=Understanding-Romans-7&page=1

[The “prize” at stake is your soul – to keep it bound to your flesh by having you believe Jesus has not totally released you from it’s power][Regardless of your ‘performance’] 

HIS VICTORY OVER OUR FLESH IS THE SALVATION OFFERED TO BELIEVERS [1415b]

We see in Romans 7 the conflict between the law enlightened mind and the “flesh”, meaning humanity. This “flesh”, this humanity, is encapsulated in the term “This body of death”. It is this body that was taking us to death. ‘Who will release me from it?’ as Paul said.

This was why Jesus died for us, that his body of death would bring an end to the ‘status’ of our body of death. That his body would bring to an end the power of law flesh sin and death, forever.

So His victory, His salvation bought for us, means that the situation in Romans 7 of the flesh being empowered by law, is no longer  true, because the law, now being removed from the situation, by us dying to the situation by the acceptance of His body having done that for us, no longer can empower our humanity  to provoke sin.

The terms and conditions of life have now changed. Humanity is no longer under condemnation, the old system of law has been addressed by the new system of forgiveness, of grace, of complete acceptance of us so that we can access that grace, His mercy.

The conflict of this present life, of the old life, of humanity in its relationship with law sin death, is finished for those who believe it. The law of sin has met its match in the grace of God through Jesus body. He who died for “sin in the flesh”.

The new life now, as empowered by the Spirit of life which has overpowered the spirit of death, has the power of the Spirit to draw us always forward, against any opposition put up by the old life of the humanity into which we were born. Our new life is spiritual, our old life was earthly.

Previously was only futility and death. Now there is life, and life in abundance. By the power of life, we disallow death in all its forms, recognising that our humanity (flesh) was put to death with Him, was paid for by Him, and entry into life is by belief and trust in Him that we have been justified by Him.

The “flesh” as has been put forth as being our opposition, is that very thing which Jesus overpowered FOR US, and is the very salvation that he achieved for us to believe on. While we were in/of flesh (humanity), we were weak and “sitting ducks” for the law to condemn us, that is why he died, to render the flesh impotent by removing, fulfilling, the law FOR us. This is what forgiveness IS, Him justifying us by His death, the death of His own body, to render ours powerless by removing us from the province of law. By Faith that this is so.

The whole matter of being weak under law because of the flesh is now completely different, because we now have the Spirit on our side, Jesus, and His power and the power He gives to us and to indwell us, is far stronger than our ‘redundant’ “flesh”. We are not under law. [Old life, old humanity]. Our faith renders the flesh impotent. The Spirit never fails us, though we may perhaps occasionally ‘fail’ the Spirit if we do not keep our eyes on Him. “Be led by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

Real life is His gift

 

HIS VICTORY OVER OUR FLESH IS THE SALVATION OFFERED TO BELIEVERS [1415a]

We see in Romans 7 the conflict between the law enlightened mind and the “flesh”, meaning humanity. This “flesh”, this humanity, is encapsulated in the term “This body of death”. It is this body that was taking us to death. ‘Who will release me from it?’ as Paul said.

This was why Jesus died for us, that his body of death would bring an end to the ‘status’ of our body of death. That his body would bring to an end the power of law flesh sin and death, forever.

So His victory, His salvation bought for us, means that the situation in Romans 7 of the flesh being empowered by law, is no longer  true, because the law, now being removed from the situation, by us dying to the situation by the acceptance of His body having done that for us, no longer can empower our humanity to provoke sin.

The terms and conditions of life have now changed. Humanity is no longer under condemnation, the old system of law has been addressed by the new system of forgiveness, of grace, of complete acceptance of us so that we can access that grace, His mercy.

The conflict of this present life, of the old life, of humanity in its relationship with law sin death, is finished for those who believe it. The law of sin has met its match in the grace of God through Jesus body. He who died for “sin in the flesh”.

The new life now, as empowered by the Spirit of life which has overpowered the spirit of death, has the power of the Spirit to draw us always forward, against any opposition put up by the old life of the humanity into which we were born. Our new life is spiritual, our old life was earthly.

Previously was only futility and death. Now there is life, and life in abundance. By the power of life, we disallow death in all its forms, recognising that our humanity (flesh) was put to death with Him, was paid for by Him, and entry into life is by belief and trust in Him that we have been justified by Him.

The “flesh” as has been put forth as being our opposition, is that very thing which Jesus overpowered FOR US, and is the very salvation that he achieved for us to believe on. While we were in/of flesh (humanity), we were weak and “sitting ducks” for the law to condemn us, that is why he died, to render the flesh impotent by removing, fulfilling, the law FOR us. This is what forgiveness IS, Him justifying us by His death, the death of His own body, to render ours powerless by removing us from the province of law. By Faith that this is so.

The whole matter of being weak under law because of the flesh is now completely different, because we now have the Spirit on our side, Jesus, and His power and the power He gives to us and to indwell us, is far stronger than our ‘redundant’ “flesh”. We are not under law. [Old life, old humanity]. Our faith renders the flesh impotent. The Spirit never fails us, though we may perhaps occasionally ‘fail’ the Spirit if we do not keep our eyes on Him. “Be led by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

Real life is His gift

 

HIS VICTORY OVER OUR FLESH IS THE SALVATION OFFERED TO BELIEVERS [1415]

We see in Romans 7 the conflict between the law enlightened mind and the “flesh”, meaning humanity. This “flesh”, this humanity, is encapsulated in the term “This body of death”. It is this body that was taking us to death. ‘Who will release me from it?’ as Paul said.

This was why Jesus died for us, that his body of death would bring an end to the ‘status’ of our body of death. That his body would bring to an end the power of law flesh sin and death, forever.

So His victory, His salvation bought for us, means that the situation in Romans 7 of the flesh being empowered by law, is no longer  true, because the law, now being removed from the situation, by us dying to the situation by the acceptance of His body having done that for us, no longer can empower our humanity to provoke sin.

The terms and conditions of life have now changed. Humanity is no longer under condemnation, the old system of law has been addressed by the new system of forgiveness, of grace, of complete acceptance of us so that we can access that grace, His mercy.

The conflict of this present life, of the old life, of humanity in its relationship with law sin death, is finished for those who believe it. The law of sin has met its match in the grace of God through Jesus body. He who died for “sin in the flesh”.

The new life now, as empowered by the Spirit of life which has overpowered the spirit of death, has the power of the Spirit to draw us always forward, against any opposition put up by the old life of the humanity into which we were born. Our new life is spiritual, our old life was earthly.

Previously was only futility and death. Now there is life, and life in abundance. By the power of life, we disallow death in all its forms, recognising that our humanity (flesh) was put to death with Him, was paid for by Him, and entry into life is by belief and trust in Him that we have been justified by Him.

The “flesh” as has been put forth as being our opposition, is that very thing which Jesus overpowered FOR US, and is the very salvation that he achieved for us to believe on. While we were in/of flesh (humanity), we were weak and “sitting ducks” for the law to condemn us, that is why he died, to render the flesh impotent by removing, fulfilling, the law FOR us. This is what forgiveness IS, Him justifying us by His death, the death of His own body, to render ours powerless by removing us from the province of law. By Faith that this is so.

The whole matter of being weak under law because of the flesh is now completely different, because we now have the Spirit on our side, Jesus, and His power and the power He gives to us and to indwell us, is far stronger than our ‘redundant’ “flesh”. We are not under law. [Old life, old humanity]. Our faith renders the flesh impotent. The Spirit never fails us, though we may perhaps occasionally ‘fail’ the Spirit if we do not keep our eyes on Him. “Be led by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

Real life is His gift

 

IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW [1401a]

EXPLORATORY THEOLOGY

Our very lives depend on us being led by, following, the Spirit. Because if we are not being led by the Spirit, we are being led by law. Law’s companions are flesh sin and death, and they thrived under the old covenant delivered to the people by Moses, despite their very introduction being to control and limit sin.

But this was a controlling covenant, trying to place a bridle on a very active horse, and then trying to control it once it was bridled.

It follows from the title, that if you are NOT being led by the Spirit, then you ARE under law, and this law is the law of, pertaining to, sin and death; because only the Spirit of life gives life and maintains and sustains life, anything else will sustain and produce death. [All that is not of faith is sin].

All “laws” that do not have their origin in the ultimate “law” that God IS, (love) are laws which are deviant from God, are devices produced by the entity that we ourselves are and have become in our detachment from God that Adam created, and all that sprang forth from that.

Our minds produce all kinds of rubbish which set themselves up as myriads of laws and thought patterns in opposition to God’s mind, thinking, and thought patterns. Jesus destroyed all these deviancies within His own body so we could be free of them. He entered into the conflict which is common to man, an internal war which destroys us.

He did it to end the conflict within ourselves that keeps us from joining with God in His purpose of a resultant creation of life, so we could be free of this destructive conflict. Because He did it for us, we are free to leave the war zone behind us in the knowledge that He has already delivered the fatal blow to death itself and the forces which bring it about. Whatever scenario crops up in our mind, He has already been there and defeated it for us, so we can ignore it and replace it with His overcoming of it on our behalf.

All this so we could gain the Spirit of life and live out of it, out of Him and the resources that He HAS, rather than the resources that we DIDN’T have. HE becomes our resource, our source of life, and we must follow His Spirit of life rather than what was our spirit of death, so our spirit might gain life from Him and be sustained by Him.

If you are being led by the Spirit of life you have life, you are in the new covenant, but if you are not being led by the Spirit of life you are being led by the works of the flesh, by law sin and death. You are “under the law”, which was the old covenant.

The Galatians had fallen back from their initial introduction to the Spirit, had lost their first love, had listened to those who demanded they follow some law or other after the traditions of their forebears, demanded they once again heed the call to law in the manner of the old covenant, to be blinded again to the light, and to re-enter the darkness. [“O foolish Galatians”]

The Spirit life is the glory of God given to men, that they may reflect on His glory, and have it reproduced within themselves, reproduce the Son of His love that all might be saved. Romans 7 is the defeat of man under law, under the old covenant, so he might enter into the new covenant as shown in Romans 8. Our great defeat in the humanity of our flesh was met with the glorious victory to be had by faith in Him and the completeness of His victory now given to us as we partake of His divine nature in JESUS.

IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW [1401]

EXPLORATORY THEOLOGY

Our very lives depend on us being led by, following, the Spirit. Because if we are not being led by the Spirit, we are being led by law. Law’s companions are flesh sin and death, and they thrived under the old covenant delivered to the people by Moses, despite their very introduction being to control and limit sin.

But this was a controlling covenant, trying to place a bridle on a very active horse, and then trying to control it once it was bridled.

It follows from the title, that if you are NOT being led by the Spirit, then you ARE under law, and this law is the law of, pertaining to, sin and death; because only the Spirit of life gives life and maintains and sustains life, anything else will sustain and produce death. [All that is not of faith is sin].

All “laws” that do not have their origin in the ultimate “law” that God IS, (love) are laws which are deviant from God, are devices produced by the entity that we ourselves are and have become in our detachment from God that Adam created, and all that sprang forth from that.

Our minds produce all kinds of rubbish which set themselves up as myriads of laws and thought patterns in opposition to God’s mind, thinking, and thought patterns. Jesus destroyed all these deviancies within His own body so we could be free of them. He entered into the conflict which is common to man, an internal war which destroys us.

He did it to end the conflict within ourselves that keeps us from joining with God in His purpose of a resultant creation of life, so we could be free of this destructive conflict. Because He did it for us, we are free to leave the war zone behind us in the knowledge that He has already delivered the fatal blow to death itself and the forces which bring it about. Whatever scenario crops up in our mind, He has already been there and defeated it for us, so we can ignore it and replace it with His overcoming of it on our behalf.

All this so we could gain the Spirit of life and live out of it, out of Him and the resources that He HAS, rather than the resources that we DIDN’T have. HE becomes our resource, our source of life, and we must follow His Spirit of life rather than what was our spirit of death, so our spirit might gain life from Him and be sustained by Him.

If you are being led by the Spirit of life you have life, you are in the new covenant, but if you are not being led by the Spirit of life you are being led by the works of the flesh, by law sin and death. You are “under the law”, which was the old covenant.

The Galatians had fallen back from their initial introduction to the Spirit, had lost their first love, had listened to those who demanded they follow some law or other after the traditions of their forebears, demanded they once again heed the call to law in the manner of the old covenant, to be blinded again to the light, and to re-enter the darkness. [“O foolish Galatians”]

The Spirit life is the glory of God given to men, that they may reflect on His glory, and have it reproduced within themselves, reproduce the Son of His love that all might be saved. Romans 7 is the defeat of man under law, under the old covenant, so he might enter into the new covenant as shown in Romans 8. Our great defeat in the humanity of our flesh was met with the glorious victory to be had by faith in Him and the completeness of His victory now given to us as we partake of His divine nature in JESUS.