John 11:25 Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me (Added: that is a choice in our minds) will live, even though they die!’
Life is what Jesus came to give us when He came to earth in human form to die and to rise from the dead.
Life is our portion, our right, our privilege and our inheritance.
The Bible actually speaks of abundant life that we can enjoy.
How often we settle for so much less.
We settle for survival and ‘lifeless’ living, when He paid the ultimate price to give us real, true and abundant life.
Humanity is often like ‘Dead Men Walking’.
We can physically alive, but dead in every other way.
The question is: ‘How can we know more of His life in our daily lives?’
What causes us to miss out and not experience this life?
Is there something we should take note of, or is there some aspect that we should be aware of that can help us to move from a place of death to a place of life?
The Apostle Paul writes about this aspect in the book of Romans and gives some direction on this point.
The Apostle Paul mentions several laws that apply to the situation and we will take a look at four that he mentions.
Perhaps in what he says we can find a key to enjoying more of this life that the Lord has in store for us.
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 8:1-2
(You may want to read Romans chapter 7 and 8)
Romans 8:1-2 ‘Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.’
FOUR LAWS THAT THE APOSTLE PAUL MENTIONS IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS
1. THE LAW OF GOD.
In Romans chapter 7, we see how the writer repeatedly mentions the law.
The word ‘LAW’ appears more than 20 times in one chapter in my translation.
He sums it up towards the end of the chapter.
In Romans 7:22‘For in my inner being I delight in God’s law.’
God’s law or what we shall call the ‘LAW OF GOD’ is the overarching law under which we all live.
God commanded the world to be a certain way.
He also gave commands or laws as to how we should live.
An example of this would be the law that we should not kill (murder). This law does not only apply to Christians, but most humankind oppose the taking of innocent life.
Paul, the writer of Romans, goes on to say that the law is holy (v12), the law is spiritual (v14) the law is good (v16).
I believe that the LAW OF GOD was birthed out of His love for humanity.
With the coming of Jesus this aspect took on a new dimension.
We see this in Jesus’ answer to one expert who asked Him about this.
Matthew 22:35-40 One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So, we have the LAW OF GOD into which we are born and under which we find ourselves.
Ultimately, I believe that the ‘LAW OF GOD’ is a demonstration of His love towards us.