Law of Spirit Of Life:
Law of Spirit of life is the law governing the life of the believer in Christ. Before we go into detail in this teaching let’s find out what Apostle Paul said in the verse below.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
The process indicated in the verse above is called the redemptive process. This is because the unbeliever was caged in the kingdom of darkness and for him to be delivered out of that cage; the message of Christ which is the message of salvation has to be preached to him. The message comes to him to offer him freedom.
And once he boldly accepts it, a transfer is instantly made from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom light. Now what rules in the kingdom of darkness is death and sin. So anyone in the siege of the kingdom of darkness is ruled by sin and death. And this is called the law of sin and death
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Law of Spirit Of Life Neutralizes The Potency:
Now, once the individual is transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light something takes place. And that’s the rules in the Kingdom of Light makes the rules in the kingdom darkness to lose it potency. The life of the individual will no longer be under the rules of the kingdom of darkness. See (Romans 8:3-4). This is possible because the individual is now in a new Kingdom. And as a result is guided and ruled by the rules of the Kingdom where he has been transferred to. This Kingdom is the Kingdom of Light.
Of course, there is no way one can migrate from one kingdom to another and expect to be governed by the same rule where he or she migrated from. So the rules that are in control in the Kingdom of light take preeminence in the life of the individual. And this is consciously or unconsciously to the individual. The law that is in control in the Kingdom of light is called the law of Spirit of life in Christ. See Romans 8:2.
The activation of these laws doesn’t need permission from the individual to be in operation in his life. His transfer to the Kingdom of light automatically makes the law to swing into operation in his life. However, it’s possible that one can be in a kingdom and wouldn’t know what the constitution provided for him. And as a matter of fact he will not be able to accrue the benefits thereof. Therefore, because of his ignorance he will continue to live a life under the dictates of his former kingdom.
In The Law Of Spirit Of Life Knowledge Is required:
The only thing that will cure this deficit or shortcoming is knowledge. The knowledge of what the constitution of the Kingdom of Spirit of life has made available for him. And of course it shouldn’t stop at knowing the provision of the constitution. But he should be bold enough to stretch his hand and take what has been made available.
The consequence of this shortcoming is that he will somehow continue to live a life that is not different from the life that he lived while in the kingdom of darkness not knowing that he has been freed. So, it’s possible to see him go through things that he was going through while in the kingdom of darkness. And this makes it difficult to differentiate his old life from his new life. It’s important to understand what the law of Spirit of life in Christ does in the life of an individual. And that is, it frees one from the law of sin and death. This is very unique and should be considered as an important gesture or situation.
This is considering the life of the one being delivered from the kingdom of darkness. The understanding of what it means to be free from the law of sin and death is very important. This is because it will definitely turn the life of the individual around for the better. Also, to understand what it means to be under the rule of the law of Spirit of life in Christ. This however in its totality will drastically activate a force that is unquenchable in the life of any believer.
The Substitutionary Work Of Christ:
However, the freedom the unbeliever obtained is as a result of what is called substitutionary work of Christ. Meaning in the eyes of God, whatever was meant for the unbeliever to go through, Jesus Christ took his place. The unbeliever by proxy in Jesus Christ went through the ordeals He went through. Apostle Paul sums it up this way
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21.
It says that He was made sin not that He became sin. It implies that He took a position that was not His. He didn’t commit any sin but sin was laid on Him and He took it voluntarily for mankind. That is to say that the sin of mankind was laid on Him and without mincing words He took it. And He took the consequence of it. On this note whatever is the punishment of sin for man was laid on Him. And He took it for man and as a result man is free from the consequence of his sin. This is because Jesus Christ took it for him.
Now consider this
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Law Of Spirit Of Life Takes Sin Away:
The quotation says He took the sin of the world. This implies that there is no more sin (sin nature or root) in the world because Jesus took it away. It’s interesting to know that every man will face judgment as a result of sins he or she has committed. And here Jesus Christ made Himself available for the judgment of sin. Therefore, no man will face judgment again as a result of sin he has committed. Rather as result of not accepting the fact that Jesus did take the consequence of his sin.
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Anyone who accepts this reality that Jesus died in his place has been freed from any consequence of sin. And will not face judgment because he has accepted that Jesus took his place. In the same way, anyone who refuses to accept the fact that Jesus has taken the consequence of his sin is not freed from the consequence of his sin. And will definitely face judgment because of his refusal to accept the finished work of Christ.
Freedom from condemnation is one of the freedoms the law of Spirit of life in Christ has offered to man. It is interesting to understand that the law of Spirit of life in Christ does one thing someone’s life. That is, it automatically disables the effectiveness of the law of sin and death in the life of that individual.
A believer Lives Above The law Of Sin And death:
The implication of this is that the individual is no longer under the rule of sin and death. And as a result the manifestation and effect of the law of sin and death come to an end. This suggests that when one is under the influence of the law of sin and death, it means he is being possessed by the power behind the kingdom of darkness. And such individual’s attitude will of course portray the activities of the kingdom of darkness. On the other hand, when one is under the influence of the law of Spirit of life in Christ, he cannot be possessed by the powers of darkness.
But it is true he can be oppressed by the power of darkness. As a matter of fact, it means that the power of darkness loses potency in influencing the believer. And that is even in the face of some manifestations and evidences of the presence of darkness in his life. Therefore, some symptoms and dream manifestation cannot hold waters in the life of the believer. This is because those things may be legalized in the kingdom of darkness. But if they take place in the life of a believer, who is under the influence and control of the law of Spirit of life in Christ they don’t matter at all.
Take for instance; what is legalized in a country may not be legalized in another country because both countries are operating on different constitutional platforms.
A believer Cannot Be Possessed:
So, all the things that do happen in the kingdom of darkness are not permitted to take place in the Kingdom of light, because light and darkness has nothing in common. Interestingly, sometimes there are seemly manifestations of things from the kingdom of darkness in the life of a believer but the occurrence of such things shouldn’t serve as a point for one to think that the believer is possessed. Such things are happening as a result of weak faith or better still, lack of knowledge, because if the believer is well equipped in the knowledge of who he is, it will only take his resistant to terminate such manifestations.
Also you can read this insightful teaching: How To Cast Out Demons
The truth is that a believer can be oppressed by powers of darkness but there is no way they can occupy him or her as in possession. This is true because the believer has denounced his allegiance to the kingdom of darkness once he accepted Christ; therefore, they have no right standing to occupy him or her.
About The Author
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Pastor Chukwuemeka Asiegbu is the pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry Inter’l. He has authored many books and he’s behind several online Christian articles.
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