"the Body Of This Death" -nc

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by netchaplain, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. The above title is in reference to what Paul termed in the preceding chapter as “the body of sin” (Rom 6:6), having all its “members” (Col 3:5) within the Adamic nature and is the cause of both physical and spiritual death, which originated from Adams disobedience in his covenant with God (Gen 2:7). The “Dichotomy” between the believer’s new nature and the old is evidenced not only in Romans seven but also in Galatians 5:17. Paul’s contemplation of this internal conflict wasn’t just mere thought but an awareness of the co-existence of two natures or “laws”.

    The deliverance Paul speaks of in Romans 7:24 is, not from sin itself, but from the condemnation of sin (8:1); freedom “from the law of sin and death” (v 2). Before Christ, and after Adam broke his covenant, there was only one law -- the law of sin and death, which stipulates “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Eze 18:4, 20); which has been a perpetual law since Genesis 2:7 and will remain until Revelation 2:14.

    Since Christ, a new law is in effect for the regenerate – “the law of the Spirit of life” (Rom 8:2).
    This law “of life” is the only one to have ever procured eternal life because there is no other “law given which could have given life” (Gal 3:21). This new law has blotted “out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us . . . and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross” (Col 2:14).

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