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The Law of the King is Life
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after, the flesh but the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:1-2).
There are those things which are born and birthed in the spirit; and those that are born of the flesh. It is imperative to know and understand the difference because when you embrace something born of the flesh you are embracing something that has a terminal condition built into it. The flesh is mortal and temporal, so it is destined to die, but that which is born of the spirit has eternity built into it; so instead of ministering death, it ministers life and there is longevity. Everything must be converted from sin and death if it is expected to have longevity.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus must be our absolute choice to experience the reality of all that He has wrought for us. We have been translated out of and from under directives of the law of sin and death, and out of darkness; into His marvelous light and into the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
The law of the Spirit of life has precedence over and is more than and has superseded the law of sin and death. We are positioned under the life of Christ, this is where life flows into us from and not from sin or death. We will travel from life to eternal life.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is a greater law than sin and death, and it cancels spiritual sin and death. Nevertheless we still live in a world where sin and death exists, and we are subject to encounter both according to the flesh, but our spirits are free because of the law of the Spirit of life in our blessed Lord and Savior. We have so much to be thankful for. We are living in a world where sin hangs everyone out to dry, yet in the midst of it all Jesus has hung sin out to dry. He defeated it for us.
The law of sin and death was the governance over spirit, soul and flesh before Jesus died on the cross and the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus came into effect. The things born of the flesh came with the stresses associated with sickness and death because it was under the law of sin. Death is a cohort of sin. Life was meant to be of spiritual significance first, as well as, the natural ruled by God alone. You are a spirit, who lives in a body and has a soul.
Do you have a working knowledge or do you understand what a law is? A law comprises a set of principles that work all the time and every time, unless superseded by another law. The law of love is at work all of the time unless ill-will and evidence of hatred are introduced and exhibited.
The law of love is absolute light and has and always will supersede hatred. Yet, it is a choice we must make not to let hatred be among us. The Word of God counsels us to avoid all the principles that hatred operates by, such as unforgiveness, bitterness, strife, envy, jealousy, lust, and every other kind of manevolent behaviorisms. All of these things are under the law of sin and death and the Bible warns us to beware of this pernicious path of hatred. As we mature in spiritual things we must change by renewing our minds and always be determined to choose life. Even our words are important. The words we choose to speak should always represent life.
Philippians 4:8, counsels us that whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, and if there be any virtue and praise to think on these things; and as we think, in are hearts, so are we and we will speak good these things. We should desire the thoughts in this verse to manifest and the words that line up with these thoughts are live wires.
The principles that hatred operates by are from principalities and powers of darkness, there is no light in hatred. The law of sin and death was in full operation all the time in our fallen state, until Jesus opened our eyes and showed us the error of our ways, unto repentance. Sin and death do not comprise law anymore over us, because Jesus spoiled all principalities and powers which had us bound.
What are the components of a law? Principles, precepts, statutes, commandments, rules and regulations that instruct and govern thoughts, character, conduct, intentions, motives, desires, and actions.
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Proverbs 19:7-8).
The Law of the Lord is Perfect! It produces ideal thought which turns us towards Him. Now, that is the use of wisdom, using what we know about God to make right decisions as we see the bigger picture.
What does a law do? It establishes, enforces, and enables order, and grants us legal counsels. It tells of what is legal. Jesus is the wonderful counselor. The Ten Commandments assist us in establishing God's ordained order. There isn't a legal principle that supersedes, "thou shalt not steal" to steal would be operating under sin and death, and not to steal would be operating under the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, He didn't do away with the law, He fulfilled it, He was not a thief, which means neither should we be. Furthermore, He warned us who the thief was and that his mission is to kill, steal and destroy, because he and the demons are governed by the law of sin and death.
Death and life resides in the power of the tongue. Sin and deah words should not come out of us, only words consistent with life. Again, we must choose life. We know a lot of words that produce thoughts and images, this knowledge fills our souls but we need wisdom from above to use what we know right. Understanding establishes our soul to see things from God's perspective, because our ways are not His ways yet, His are higher always. We are always on call to choose life over sin and death.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).
"Through wisdom is a house builded; and by understanding is it established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches" (Proverbs 24:3-4).
Wisdom builds, understanding establishes and knowledge fills. It is through knowledge that we acquire the information. Wisdom is the correct use of the information that we acquire. But, understanding is the ability to recognize how events and information are relative. When you operate from understanding you are operating from the bigger picture. Understanding is to the soul, what sight is to the body, it helps us to see. When you understand something which was otherwise complex, there is a joy in it. Yep! an aha moment.
We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places. This is pivotal to understanding the life of the spirit in Christ. The purpose for seating us there is to give us a proper perspective, a biblical worldview and vantage point, so that we would look at the circumstances and situations in life, not from down-up, but from up-down. Heavenly places is where God wants us to view things from, not the world's view according to the earth. Understanding develops our perspectives and helps us with operating a Christ based value system.
The principles of life in and through Christ are greater than and have the power to cancel sin and death. In order for one law to be abolished a greater one would have to take precedence over the old. It is likened to the parable of putting new wine into new wine skins, because you cannot put new wine into old wine skins without ruining the old wine skins and wasting the wine. Love is greater than hatred. Love is the new wine skin for our born again spirits, hatred cannot be poured into the wine skins where love has free reign.
We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and we are learning and being taught how to obey the commands the King has decreed, we are disciples. We are ascertaining as we move forward, how to and making certain that we understand to the point of clarity; how to define the purposes for which we are called and chosen. Conformity into the image and likeness of God is what we should be desiring to establish, to be in alignment with the character of the King of Kings Jesus Christ.
The laws of the King are essential in abiding in His Kingdom, these laws are applicable and are Kingdom regulations and always will supersede other laws. Laws remain the same until a new law supersedes it and take precedence over it. Kingdom laws are more powerful and greater than what was before.
The principles and the laws cannot be ignored if we desire the abundant life that Christ came to give us and our expectations are more than material things. There are natural laws we observe everyday to comply with being lawful. The motivation to be lawless or operate illegally are not the intents of our hearts. There are laws in motion to cross the street, the law of the green light and it is also applicable for drivers. Lawful crossings are essential for safety to be experienced.
I remember a jingle as a child about crossing the street and the principles are still applicable today, this law has not changed. It went like this,
don't cross in the middle, in the middle of the street,
keep your eyes to lookout, keep your ears to hear,
walk up to the corner where the coast is clear,
and wait, and wait, until you see the light turn green.
This being said, it is illegal to walk across the street or go against the light for the walker and driver.
This law helps with safe travel for all. We can however ignore this law and put our safety in jeopardy. Just like disobedience to all laws, we jeopardize our safety, be it naturally or spiritually. The thing to always keep in mind is that the forces of darkness are illegal agents with no regard for God's law. The law of sin and death is their forte, and how to get us to forfeit a lawful stance against all evil is a maneuver. There is no creature spiritual or natural that has the right to disregard the laws of the Creator, there are consequences for all. We don't have the right, or we can never be right and on the side of absolute righteousness to disregard, disrespect, ignorant the paradigms, counsels, and precepts of the Creator of the universe and everything in it. He knows how He designed everything to work here, we don't. We would have to see laws differently and from a loftier perspective.
Laws were not given to be broken, but to be fulfilled and to govern life under the auspices of sin. If there were no sin, there would be no sickness of any kind which ultimately leads to death and there would be no need for law. The law points out what is wrong with us, it was produced to hurt us but to help us. I don't know about you, but I am happy glad the law counsels not to kill, steal, and lie. It has helped me to think differently and to see how wrong these things are and not to practice them. If the law had not told us not to steal, we would probably all be thieves at the same exact time, sounds chaotic huh! Jesus fulfilled this law by never stealing. Life is a law in motion but we were subjected to sin and death which rudely interrupted our lives without even asking our permission. Sin didn't ask us do we want to join its club and be a sinner, but the Spirit of God does ask us do we choose to accept or reject the Most High and life as He intended it to be on His terms. Sin didn't have the right to choose us against our wills, and only Jesus Christ has allowed us to choose ye this day whom you will serve, sin didn't ask, it just led the way into sin and began to pay the wages of first spiritual death, meaning being cut off from the absolute life flow of the Creator, who created life.
The Apostle Paul struggled with law severely in the Book of Romans, he said, "I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present" (Romans 7:21).
The commandments are the principles of Gods laws. He has written them in our hearts and not just on tablets of stone. Commandments are laws that have principles which supersede those in the law of sin and death. The law was superior to sin and death even though the flesh was weak. Obedience to the commandments produce life for us and in us. It is a matter of value. If we value truth we will operate in principles such as honesty and integrity and not fabrications and falsehoods. Why? because the law of God illuminates for us to see and know that lying is wrong. We then as a result honor truth and implement and activate it in our value system so that we live it. The law and commandments spring into life and it blesses our lives.
The Commandments are not burdensome, they provide us with foundations to successfully live our lives. Only fear of being judged by the law breeds resistance to it. It is something we must come to grips with, the law is a judge of behavior and character, but God internalized this judicial system within our hearts, souls and our conscience and now we can judge ourselves based on truths in the law which were only given to help us to live by showing us how to live.
According to Wikipedia; Law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. The purpose of law is to govern behavior for the purpose of establishing a value system complete with rules, commandments, regulations and decrees based on principles we must adhere to in order to be successful in all of our endeavors.
Oh, oh, here comes the Pharisees
Certain Pharisees asked the disciples one Sabbath day, after they sited them for plucking ears of corn and eating them. They asked, why were they doing that which was not lawful on the Sabbath days. Jesus immediately addressed this issue and asked them, if they had read the account of David and those that were with him, and what they had done being a hungred; how they went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which was not lawful for but for the priests alone.
In both of the instances mentioned in thise verses, there were certain laws set in motion prior to a new law which superseded it by a new set of principles. In the Instance of the disciples eating the corn, Jesus had to make it known to the Pharisees that He was in fact, Lord of the Sabbath. Meaning that He had superseded the law they were telling Him about and introduced Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath day.
Mark 2:27, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
Up until He said this, it was interpreted that man was created for the day of rest, whereas the day of rest was made for man to rest. He later asked these same ones, was it lawful to on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or destroy it. Whenever I hear this verse now my soul answers "to do good and save life" making the law of sin and death of no relevance. The law of sin and death would inculcate that it was the law not to work on the Sabbath but the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus said, it is good to save a life. The bigger picture being salvation.
The law of the Spirit of life has made us free from the law of sin and death. This means that the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is more powerful, greater and higher than sin and death; and that it supersedes it. This inculcates that life is greater than death, it has to be to supersede it.
Now we are to abide in the law of liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and not in bondage to judgment, or anything that binds us, and stops us from loving the royal way. The love of God can be understood by anything or in our relationships with anyone. It is indeed royal and regal and genuine and kingly. You don't expect it from who is not of an excellent and kingly spirit. The love of God is so wealthy and generous, He has so much to share and give and there is no lack or poverty in His love, just experiential abundance. He doesn't run out and there is overflow. This is the law of love for and over the Body of Christ. "Oh What a Love".
The king has commanded us to love one another, as we love ourselves, to owe no man anything, but love. This law to love is not a burden, but a blessing to those who obey it.
The attitudes which rule us are part of our value system. Attitudes which rule our intentions and motives should be through the law of love regardless of differences of doctrines, opinions, teachings, race, creed, and skin color which oppose what we know to be acceptable and good. God's laws are blessings, they bless and enhance our lives.
When the Word of God tells us that mercy triumphs over judgment, it is saying that mercy has superseded judgment and that judgment will never win. That the benevolence, kindness, grace, love and compassion of God are greater than judgment. The Word of God also counsels and suggests that judging one's self will align us with mercy. Mercy is a law of God, He declares His mercy endures forever and that He will have mercy on whomever He chooses to. If we have put on the character of God, then when doesn't mercy endure forever, hopefully it is not only when we need it, but when others need it too judgment doesn't show up. The law of our hearts should be mercy, Jesus told us to be as the Father in heaven, merciful. So then, the law is mercy and some of the principles are kindness, concern, compassion, and love. We are in the King's domain, let us put on all the characteristics of Christ that the law of life is providing for us to be adorned for spiritual prosperity and success in the here and now, experientially.
I pray that we will exhale all impurities that we may have unconsciously or consciously breathed in and any residue left by the law of sin and death and that we inhale the pureness of love and fulfill the law of Christ. We are free, love set us free. For whoever enters the law of liberty and abides therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a bearer of the freedom in Christ Jesus. I pray that we will with intent readiness put into active motion the principles which govern the law of the Spirit of life and love in Christ Jesus. Mercy, kindness, meekness, forgiveness, gentleness, patience, long suffering and that we are all fruitful in every good work. This is indeed a high calling and filled with paradigms that help us to succeed in living the abundant life. Jesus is the love of the Father made manifest to us; we are the love of Jesus manifested to the world. We are His compositions and love is our theme.
My prayer is that we behold the Father's love for us and it becomes law and Rhema.