THE LAW OF TRANSFORMATION
Romans 12:2 speaks of the principle of renovating the mind that leads to the end product of transformation. We will glance at Romans 8:2 and note the law which institutes that principle. “For THE LAW of THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS hath made me free from THE LAW of SIN AND DEATH.” What we have here are two contrasting laws and the new one supersedes and nullifies the old one. The law of Life does away with the law of sin and death. The first law we read about in the Bible is the law of sin and death, “…Thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:17). It is evident the first Adam thoroughly fulfilled the first law — he and those in him died (the all). The last law established was the law of the Spirit of life, and the last Adam, Jesus Christ, executed and established that law; and He has surely lived, as well as all those in Him — their federal head.
Laws are always established by higher authorities — by the federal heads of kingdoms — and until those heads are removed, or higher powers abolish the laws, they will abide. Laws are exact and always work the same. For example, we can note the physical law of gravity. Objects always fall downward unless there is a greater law that overpowers the first and pushes it upward. However, as long as there is no greater law adversely working against it, that law always manifests the same results.
It is the same with the spiritual laws of God, they produce exact results as they are activated. When one misses the mark of righteousness in Christ Jesus, they have sinned and have enacted the first law, which eventually manifests the fruit of death. It is a simple law that was instituted by God and initiated by Adam. But, praise God, we now see a new law which supersedes and does away with the old law. This law was also instituted by God and initiated by a man, but this man was the last Adam, Jesus. This greater law was the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus!
The law of sin and death, without fail, has always been faithful to its benefactors and produces death when imposed. Likewise then, the greater law of life in Christ Jesus will never fail in what it was designed to do for its benefactors — TO FREE THEM ALL FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH! This law, however, is not just a hypothetical thing that abides in the past as Romans 8:2 appears to say, i.e. that “The law of life…HAS MADE me free….”
There was a time when I had taught it that way, as something already accomplished. I had tried very earnestly to believe we had been made totally free from the law of sin and death. However, something just didn’t seem right. It was evident that we still missed the mark to some degree. We were still dying. We were all continuing to age. And we sometimes still lost our tempers, among other things. Even though we would say these things were “lying vanities,” there was a lot of concrete evidence that spoke otherwise. We must have missed something in our analysis of this scripture. Evidence suggested that the old law of sin and death was still in operation. That would mean the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus had not totally finished its course.
The Greek sheds some light here, and it is amplified by translating it according to the proper tense. “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus HATH, IS and SHALL CONTINUE to make me free from the law of sin and death.” The words hath made is in the same tense as the verbs we covered earlier in II Cor. 5:17, which is the indicative, aorist, active. Remember? — This puts the action in the past, present and future. Therefore, this law of life has not yet made most of us completely free from the law of sin and death. However, we can readily declare with all assurance that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free in many areas, it is now making us free in other areas, and it shall continue to make us free from the law of sin and death in yet more areas of our lives. This law will continue until there is no more sin, until there is no more death and until there are no more graves. We will then resound the glorious cry, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” What a tremendous law Transformation is! — There shall be no more sting of death, and there shall be no more victory of the grave. PRAISE GOD — NO MORE GRAVES!
Brethren, let us not linger in the imaginative ideas of the traducer and miss the mark of transformation in this age, but let us take things in context and join them to the Spirit of the word. Let us see that it is a process, that there is the great law of Life presently working in us, and that it shall never cease to work until it has finished its infallible course for all. And if we happen to go to the grave, so what? We shouldn’t bemoan it, because the law is working in us, and it will continue to work and never stop working until there is no more sin and no more death. Praise God for His laws, especially for His law of transformation — HIS GREAT LAW OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS!!!
Elwin R. Roach
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