Lesson 1

Verse 2

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Paul has made the astounding statement to the Roman believers in verse 1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Now he goes on to clarify his point. He starts with the word “For”, so we know he is referring back to verse 1. The word law used twice in verse 2 means principle. It is not referring to the Mosaic Law.

Q. The Spirit of Life is the ____________________. (See: 2 Corinthians 3:6).

Q. What has the Spirit of Life set us free from?

Set you free means to cause someone to be freed. It is a one- time event. We cease to be a slave. We are free from the yoke and tyranny of sin and death. We are unfettered, unyoked, and unshackled. This new freedom does not give us the right to sin and do as we please, and because of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life, within us, we don’t want to. We are now under the law of love. We love God with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as our self.

Q. What do you learn about the law of sin and death from Romans 6: 14, 23; 1 Cor. 15:56; Romans 5:12?

Q. In Romans 7: 21-23 Paul describes a battle. What is the battle between?

Q. Read Gal. 5:17. What is the battle between?

Q. What are the desires of the flesh trying to do?

Q. What are the desires of the Spirit trying to do?

Q. According to Romans 7:25 who delivers us from our body of flesh (sin)?

Q. In the same verse, what does Paul serve with his mind?

And what does he serve with his flesh?

Q. The Spirit gives _________sin gives __________.

Romans 8:2 says we have been set free from the law of sin and death meaning we have been set free from its power and dominion in our lives. We now have the Holy Spirit power to say no to sin. In verse 1 we are free from condemnation and in verse 2 we are free from the power of sin. But, as Paul described in Romans 7 and Galatians 5 the power of sin is still residing in our unregenerated bodies and the battle will continue until we are Home and all sin is removed. Right now we live in the in between; the now, but not yet. We are new creatures with new spiritual lives, but still housed in a body tied to this cursed earth. So, we must reckon or consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).

So, live free. Free to love God and your neighbor. Free from condemnation, sin and death.

Rejoice!

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Next time in verses 3 and 4 Paul will clarify verse 2. Paul is building.

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