Francois Du Toit writes, “The law of the Spirit is the liberating force of life in Christ. This leaves us with no further obligation to the law of sin and death. Spirit has superseded the sin enslaved senses as the principle law of our lives. (The law of the spirit is righteousness by faith vs the law of personal effort and self righteousness, which produces condemnation and spiritual death which is the fruit of the DIY tree.)”
We can live in life as life or we can live in death purporting to be life.
There never was a ‘law’ of the kind spoken of by some denominations. But there was an order that Paul called ‘the law of the spirit of life.’ This was simply Adam and Eve in communion (relationship) with God. It was this communion that made persons who they are and this relationship that was meant to bind society and the creation into the purposes and peace of God. Identity, purpose and sonship was found in union with God. The Ten Commandments were given to the Hebrew people because they drew back from a relationship of communion with God. Jesus Christ is given today to people who become the expression of God.
The law of the spirit of life is a person – namely the Son of God. We enter this law when we obey Jesus and come to Him to enter His life. What is His life? More than the forgiveness of sins, His life is the fellowship and communion He has with His Father and Holy Spirit. In Jesus this is our fellowship. We and our Father are one. The trinity lives in us and we live in this trinity. The law is not an abstraction and God is not an abstraction. God is relationship in that three persons live in love, oneness and divert as distinct beings, yet one God.
TRINITY NOT AN OPTIONAL BELIEF
The trinity is the womb of creation and the womb of our existence as persons. The desire of the trinity has always been that the human race enjoy that quality of peace and amity that exists between their persons. ‘May they be one as we are one.’ In Christ we have once again entered fellowship with God and come under the auspices of the law of the spirit of life. It’s not a set of rules. It’s a state of being – of being one with God and the creation. The incarnation is the achievement of the cross, not the gifts or a ‘Jesus Way’ of keeping the law. Grace is not a new method of keeping the law. Grace is Christ’s life as your life and the life of the trinity with you and in you. You are not under contract. You have been drawn into life.
CHRIST OUR LIFE Christians don’t keep the law because Jesus did it for them. They live from Jesus as their life.
‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21 NIV. Our life in the Kingdom is not about behavior modification. It’s about our agreeing that we are rooted in the trinity and embracing the treasure in the field – that Christ is our life. Jesus did not live to keep the law. He lived in union with His Father. This was His identity and righteousness. As the Son He was the manifestation of His Father. As the Son of Man Jesus was the real expression of you and I. The new and living way, which is life in the Spirit is the substance of the new creation and the Kingdom of God. It’s Christ come in our flesh – which means the life of God manifest by the Spirit becomes your life. The effect is that in Jesus by the Spirit we are alive with His spirit and life. But in Moses, which is actually in Adam we are dead people walking.
‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’Romans 8.2 ESV.
We can live as slaves to the law or we can live free to be ourselves graced with Christ’s life as our life. ‘Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children; But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother’ Gal 4.26 NLT.