We human beings are so complicated, and when we believe in the Lord, by receiving His divine life into us, we become even MORE complicated! Now a believer has three lives and there are 4 laws related to him. And it’s all based both on the Bible and on our experience! There are different laws and different lives operating in the different parts of the believer’s being. Here are these three lives and four laws:
- We have the divine life in our spirit, where the Spirit of life dwells, and this life has a law: the law of the Spirit of life operating in us(Rom. 8:2);
- We have the natural human life in our soul, and this life has the law of good in our mind(Rom. 7:23);
- We have the fallen human life, the flesh, where sin and Satan dwell, and this life has the law of sin and of death operating in our members(Rom. 7:23);
- Outside of us, there is the law of God(Rom. 7:22, 25), which makes demands on man, and which law is always good and perfect.
Daily, we choose by which life to live and which law related to that particular life we “activate”. In Romans 7 we clearly see, and our experience confirms it, that we desire to do good(when we live our natural human life). The law of good in our mind makes sense, wants to do good, to accomplish something that is moral and ethical, even to take the right decision. Unfortunately, AS SOON AS we decide to do something good, we “activate” the law of sin and of death in our members. This law is much stronger than the law of good in our mind, and it overcomes us all the time! This doesn’t mean that we never do good things, but that we are utterly powerless to do all the time the good that we want, or even more: it is impossible for us to obey the law of God which is outside of us and is so perfect! Our mind agrees with the law of God, wants it, desires to fulfill it, to live it out. As soon as we set ourselves to do it, the other law, of sin and of death rises up and defeats us. Eventually, in our Christian pursuit we cry out just like Paul in Rom. 7:24, Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from the body of this death?
But Hallelujah, there is another life in us: the divine life! And the spontaneous operation of the law of this life in us FREES us from death & the law of sin(Rom. 8:2 says, The law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death)! All we need to do is to end our struggling and striving, and set our mind on our spirit(Rom. 8:6)! When our mind(that agrees with the law of God and wants to do it) is stopped from its endeavors and struggles, and is simply set on our spirit, we enjoy life and peace. This is the way to fulfill the law of God, the way to live the Christian life, and the way to live even a proper human life – to live in our mingled spirit by setting our mind on our spirit and allowing our mingled spirit to be the leading part of our being! When we turn to the Lord to just touch Him and enjoy Him, we activate the law of the Spirit of life within and we are, on the one hand, freed from the law of sin and of death, and on the other hand, filled with life, constituted with God, and built up into His dwelling place, His Body! Lord, today, keep us switching on this law of the Spirit of life by continually turning to our spirit!