If God gave us nothing, we would all die. It is because He DID give us something, that we can live. That “something” is the SPIRIT of life, and this Spirit not only is “IN” His Son, but IS His Son.
Jesus was the gift of life to us to be accessed by faith and faith alone. “The Lord is the Spirit” it says. “The Spirit is the truth” it says. “He became a life giving Spirit” it says. “And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another comforter, even the Spirit of truth, to be with you forever”. [something like that].
“The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.”
We now have a new covenant, one through faith in His blood. Under that new covenant, the Spirit was plainly given to men at Pentecost. Since then, some men have argued that this Spirit is now no longer available, and they pursue this mainly through the argument that the Spirit gifts, the supernatural ones, have ceased.
In terms of the Spirit being available to all men today, they argue that the “Spirit” is only that which is the word of God, IE the written word, scripture, that has become lodged in the believers mind and expanded by his understanding of it. Other than when God intervenes to exert His power in some way, but rarely in the personal affairs of ourselves.
God created us as life, but we ran foul of death very quickly and died. The reversal of our death condition is what becomes the foundation for our new life condition. The release from death inspires life in us by the Spirit of life He makes available, which we see as the risen Jesus. Through Jesus, life is substituted for death. Through Him bearing our death, [and then rising in life] we see life available. If we allow Him to take our death, we can access His life. This process or occurrence is called believing.
What God has done is to present to us the processes of life and death and then to inform us that we don’t have to remain in the death state any longer because life is a free gift, death is forgiven through Jesus. We receive a new Spirit which is HIS Spirit and which forms in us “the spirit of Christ”.
If we deny this Spirit as a free gift and freely given, then we are denying the gift of life that He BOUGHT for us “with His blood”. God forced this issue on us by effectively killing us off with the knowledge that Jesus bore the penalty, the consequence of sin, and though “Condemning sin in the flesh” IN JESUS, it is obvious that ‘we are under the same penalty’ said the other man on the cross, who received life for His proclamation of faith.
But because the CONDEMNATION [eternal damnation] and the full effect of the law (of sin and death) was taken upon Himself, life became justified in Him but also in us. He was the first of the new creation but is now in a form who is able to be delivered to us who are human flesh and blood as temporary recipients who are able to benefit from it by becoming “copies” of Him via this self same Spirit. We have been given the Spirit of life unconditionally, we must allow it to have control of our lives so as to bear the fruit of righteousness.
It is because the law of sin and death has been totally overpowered by the law of the Spirit of life that is in Jesus, that it now has no power, no authority, AT ALL, to remain as any kind of influence over our lives, because the love of God in the form of His forgiveness as demonstrated through the body of Jesus, is ALWAYS available and holds NOTHING back from us, so that ONLY LIFE is now the only remaining authority and power over us. We are not under the law (of death), we are IN the law of life, and the law of life is IN US. As a gift. Accepted by faith.
God (love) keeps no record of wrongs. Law sin death and all that goes with them are in the rubbish bin forever. It is only His life, and has always been only His life, that matters. And He gives this life to us as we surrender to it, to Him.
There is no more keeping of laws or commandments, only that we should dwell in His love and that this love should outwork towards others. Be led by the Spirit. If we place conditions on the Spirit as anything but a free gift or describe the Spirit in any way less than the perfection that God is, then we are tearing down what He has established.
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[1300a] “The heart mind contradiction” is the “Eureka moment” article next to be written, and possibly the last, and which could resolve denominational conflict.