Thought For The Day (August 1, 2011): The Law Of The SPIRIT Of Life, In CHRIST JESUS*

* Romans 8:2 declares: < For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus HAS (in the predestined will of the FATHER) set you free from the law of sin and of death. >

Galatians 4:4-7 (NKJV) reads: < But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. > Amen!

The Law was given to protect us from evil. Through the Law we identify evil and we understand the consequences of evil.It is by Law that we understand that the wages of sin is death (see Rom 6:23).However, the practice of the Law did not (and does not) ensure our meeting the demands of the Law! Neither does the practice of the Law ensure our adoption to GOD, as sons.

Hence YHWH sent the SON to “redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons”.

We actualize our redemption from the yoke of the Law, by adoption to GOD, through the Spirit of the SON being formed in us (Gal 4:19 + Col 1:28).

As Col 1:28c declares, the end product of this process of adoption is “perfection” (see also Matt 5:48)!

The Spirit of the SON, is the Spirit of JESUS CHRIST (see Phil 1:19c), that develops the capacities of the life-giving Spirit of JESUS CHRIST (1 Cor 15:45 + Phil 1:19c) into the fabrics of our thoughts, words, deeds and relationships (Phil 4:13, 19).

This work of adoption to GOD through the Spirit of the SON, is the work and ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT (John 16:14 + Rom 8:1-4).

We are redeemed from being under the Law, to actualize the capacity to live through CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in fulfillment of the FATHER’s will (see Rom 8:2). In CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT, YHWH has predestined our release from the Law of Sin and Death.

Romans 8:1-4 (NKJV) declares how exactly YHWH has predestined our deliverance from the shackles of the Law: < There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. >

As a consequence of the HOLY SPIRIT’s ministry, all the legal requirements of the Law are met, as we each actualize all that the FATHER has predestined for us in the fullness of JESUS CHRIST (see John 1:16-17, NKJV/NASB).

It is as we increasingly live by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (in YESHUA’s fullness formed in us) that:
o We will love and worship YHWH in spirit and truth
o We will no longer be covetous
o We will be in a functional Shabbat-Shalom in YHWH
o We will cease from being thieves and murderers
o We will love our neighbor as ourselves
o We will grow to be perfect as our heavenly FATHER is perfect (Matt 5:48)
o We will love our enemies and bless those who curse us and despitefully use us

The Commandments of GOD must be observed … but, the commandments can only be observed by the HOLY SPIRIT, through everything that is of CHRIST JESUS, that has been perfected and completed into us, in the Righteousness of GOD (Col 2:10a).

The entire process of our adoption as sons of GOD is of the Righteousness of YHWH (2 Cor 5:21).

To try and observe the Law by self-denominated effort will never achieve the Righteousness of YHWH.

Put on CHRIST brethren and, learn to walk by the HOLY SPIRIT.

As YESHUA declared: < “He (the HOLY SPIRIT) will glorify Me, for He (the HOLY SPIRIT) will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” >

The fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets will only unveil when we progressively live by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, so as to actualize the Righteousness of YHWH. Our Righteousness has been declared to be filthy rags in the Prophets (Isa 64:6).

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