From the moment, that man handed over his dominion over the earth, which had been given to man by God, to the devil, by sinning, the devil established his kingdom on earth. The law of the devil; the law of sin and death came into being. The earth was no longer blessed but became cursed and death and hell reigned on the earth. The spirit in man died, and the flesh; soul and body, became subjected to the devil. The devil would become the father and god over every flesh that would be born into his kingdom. The law, that represents his kingdom is the law of sin and death.
The law of sin and death reigns over every person
Every person, that would be born on this earth, would automatically be bound and subjected to the law of sin and death. This law of the devil, that represents his will, is present and reigns in every flesh.
Due to the fact, that the spirit of man died on the moment that man sinned, man only had the ability to live after the flesh. Man had become a living soul, and the soul would dictate man. The soul and body would be bound to the devil and his law. The evil rebellious nature of the devil was present in the flesh of the carnal man. Because man lived after the flesh and was led by his sinful nature, man would live after the law of the devil and established the law of sin and death.
Transferred from the Kingdom of God into the kingdom of darkness
When God created the heaven and the earth, His Kingdom; the spiritual Kingdom of God reigned upon the earth. God created man with a spirit, soul and body. Adam’s spirit reigned in his life. His soul and body were subjected to his spirit.
Before Adam rebelled and became disobedient to the commandment of God and sinned, the spiritual law of righteousness and life, reigned on the earth. The law of righteousness and life represents the will of God and belongs to the Kingdom of God.
But when Adam, who was appointed by God to represent His Kingdom upon the earth, listened to the voice of the devil and became disobedient to the commandment of God and His Kingdom, his spirit, who reigned in his life, died.
When Adam’s spirit died, he was transferred in the spiritual realm, from the Kingdom of God to the kingdom of darkness.
Man had freely chosen to listen to-and believe the words of the devil, instead of God. Man chose to become disobedient to the words of God and do the will of the devil instead of the will of God.
As I discussed in the previous blogpost ‘The will of God vs the will of the devil’, the devil rebels against every word of God. That’s why, the will of the devil is the exact opposite of the will of God.
The will of God represents the law of righteousness and life. The will of the devil represents the law of sin and death.
The law of sin and death
The law of sin and death contains the following commandments:
- You shall love the devil and all there is within the world above all. You shall serve him and obey him
- You shall have gods before you and you shall bow down to them
- You shall commit fornication
- You shall hate God and use His name in vain
- You shall commit adultery
- You shall be unfaithful
- You shall lie
- You shall murder
- You shall rebel against your parents and not honor them
- You shall covet
- You shall be jealous
- You shall not forgive
- You shall….
This law represents the will of the devil and belongs to the kingdom of darkness. When you live after the flesh, you shall be bound to this law of sin and death and you shall walk in sin. When you live after this law in sin, your final destination shall be death. Because the wages of sin is death.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23)
God chose a people and set them apart
God chose a people and set them apart from the other people. God led His people out of Egypt and redeemed them from slavery and the rulership of Pharaoh. For years, His people were oppressed by Pharaoh and had lived in slavery. His will had become their will and they had adapted the pagan rituals, habits and culture of Egypt.
But God’s Kingdom was another Kingdom and His will wasn’t equal to the will of the devil, that reigned in the evil carnal nature of man. God didn’t want His people to be bound to the devil and the works of his kingdom. Because God couldn’t have fellowship with sin; the works of the darkness. His people had to be cleansed and purified. Their minds had to be renewed with the will of God.
God made His will known by His law
That’s why God revealed His will and His Kingdom known to His people, by given them His law. Because of the fact, that man was carnal and God Spirit, He ‘translated’ His will and made His spiritual Kingdom visible to man, by giving them His commandments. God wanted to have a relationship with man, but since the carnal man was not righteous but a sinner, and God couldn’t have communion with sin, He gave them the sacrificial laws. The offerings would make a temporary atonement for the sins of man.
But God had set His people apart from the world. He revealed His Kingdom and His will, by giving them the law.
Because they were carnal and not spiritual, God revealed to them the spiritual truth. By giving His law to His carnal people, the law of sin and death, that belonged to the kingdom of the devil was revealed.
The flesh of the carnal man, that is subjected to the law of sin and death, said: “thou shall steal, thou shall commit fornication, thou shall covet, thou shall lie, thou shall be jealous etc”. But God represented His Kingdom and therefore God said: “thou shall not steal, thou shall not commit fornication, thou shall not lie, thou shall not covet etc”
Sin became revealed by the law
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet (Rom 7:7)
The law of the Spirit, that belongs to the Kingdom of God is the exact opposite of the law of sin and death, that belongs to the kingdom of darkness. When God gave the law of Moses, God revealed sin.
Sin was no longer hidden, but was revealed by the law. God didn’t force anyone to be obedient to His law. He had given and still has given everyone a free will. Every person will make his/her own choices in life. But…God did reveal to them, what would happen if a person decided to not love God above all and to disobey His law, that represented His will, but rather chose to serve the devil and his law of sin and death.
Why the death penalty?
God gave to His people, who belonged to His Kingdom, His commandments. But as soon as someone rebelled, and didn’t want to submit to His will and obey Him, God had to deal according to the law of sin and death, which the person had chosen to obey.
The punishment depended upon the sin the person committed. Because there were sin unto death and sin not unto death.
But when a person intentionally sinned and had chosen to obey the law of sin and death, the person got the wages for following this law, which is death.
The person had to be removed from His people and was given to the person’s lord and master: the death.
That was the punishment for everyone, who became disobedient to the law of God; the law of righteousness and life and became obedient to the law of sin and death.
The law reigns as long as the old man lives
From the moment, that you are born on this earth, the spiritual law of sin and death reigns in your body (flesh). Your flesh is corrupted by the sinful nature; the nature of the devil. That means that your sinful nature, that is present in your flesh, serves and is obedient to the law of sin and death. There is only one way to be redeemed from the law of sin and death, and that is though the process of regeneration.
Only when your flesh dies in Jesus Christ, you will be redeemed from your sinful nature and from the law of sin and death, that rules in your flesh. From the moment you die in Jesus Christ you will be redeemed and set free from this law, that leads you to eternal death.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2)
It is just like a marriage between a husband and wife. They are bound to each other as long as they both shall live on this earth. By the law, the woman is bound to her husband, during her life on this earth.
When her husband dies, the woman is released from the law that bound her to her husband. But when she commit adultery, while her husband is still alive and marries someone else, she will be an adulterer. Only when one of them dies, the bonds of marriage are destroyed and the law that bounds them together will be annulled. Therefore when the law is annulled, the other person will be free and not bound by the law anymore (Rom 7:2-3)
Dying in Jesus Christ
It is the same with everyone, who believes in Jesus Christ. When you repent and accept Jesus as your Saviour and make Him Lord over your life, you lay down your own life; the old carnal creation, in Him.
Therefore you will no longer be bound to the law of sin and death, that reigns in your flesh.
The law of sin and death has no longer authority over you, but you are redeemed from this law.
By the baptism with the Holy Spirit, your spirit will be raised from the death.
From that moment, your spirit lives and the law of righteousness and life, which is the law of the Spirit, that belongs to the Kingdom of God, will reign in your life.
Jesus represented the law of the Spirit
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law (Rom 3:31)
Jesus represented the law of the Spirit, that belongs to the Kingdom of God, on this earth. That’s why Jesus said: “You shall….” Jesus spoke out of the law of the Spirit. Jesus knew, that the law of Moses represented the will of God and His Kingdom. He knew that this law was given to God’s carnal people, who were only able to live after the flesh.
The nature of God dwelled by the Holy Spirit in Jesus. Jesus knew the law of the Spirit and the Kingdom of God and therefore He walked according to this law.
By walking after the Spirit, Jesus obeyed and fulfilled the law, that God had given to Moses.
Jesus didn’t give into the temptations of the devil in His flesh.
He knew, that as soon as He would give into the lusts and desires of His flesh, He would automatically obey the law of sin and death and walk in the commandments of the devil. If Jesus would have done that, He would be transferred from the Kingdom of God into the kingdom of the devil, just like Adam. If He would have obeyed the flesh, He would become disobedient to God and would make the devil His father and would belong to the kingdom of darkness.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rom 6:16)
God’s work of redemption in Jesus Christ
Jesus knew the difference between the two spiritual kingdoms and the two laws, that belonged to these kingdoms. By His deeds and His walk, Jesus made the choice to Whom He wanted to belong to: His Father; the God of the heavens and the earth or the devil; the god of this world.
By walking after the Spirit, Jesus stayed obedient to His Father. He represented and brought the Kingdom of God upon this earth. Because of His obedience, He could fulfil the work of redemption of the old creation.
Only through Jesus Christ, when you die and be resurrected in Him, it is possible to be redeemed from the bounds of sin, that leads to eternal death. Only when you become born again and when your flesh dies in Him, you will be redeemed from the law of sin and death.
By dying in Jesus Christ, you will be transferred from the kingdom of darkness; the kingdom of this world into the Kingdom of God. By walking after the Spirit in Jesus Christ; the Word, you shall automatically fulfil the law of God, which represents His Kingdom and you shall be able to stay loyal and obedient to Him.
‘Be the salt of the earth’