The Law of Elohim vs. the Law of Sin and Death

 

The Law of Elohim vs. the Law of Sin and Death

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Romans 8:

1 There is, then, now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah יהושע, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the Torah of the Spirit of the life in Messiah יהושע has set me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For the Torah being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim, having His own Son in the likeness of flesh of sin, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the righteousness of the Torah should be completed in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the matters of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the matters of the Spirit.
6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace.
7 Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards Elohim, for it does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, neither indeed is it able,
8 and those who are in the flesh are unable to please Elohim.

From this, we can see clearly, that there are two laws.

  1. Father’s Torah of the Spirit (first five books written by Moses)
  2. The law of sin and death

He starts out by setting the stage with “who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”. In this, he states the two opposites “Flesh” and “Spirit”. Now earlier, in Romans 7, he makes the following statement:

14 For we know that the Torah is Spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.

So, Paul says that the Torah of Elohim, as written by Moses, is spiritual, while we are fleshly, “sold under sin”. This is an incredible statement, since this gives us a very clear indication that Paul talks about two laws, and the one which we though was done away with (as interpreted by modern christianity), was the law of Sin and Death, not the Torah of Elohim.

The Torah being powerless refers to Torah that has no power unto salvation. We all know this. Torah cannot save you. Keeping Torah cannot save you. Why not? Because we are not able to keep Torah 100%. It is impossible! Torah is there to show us how to walk out our faith, how to live our life in righteousness in front of our Father.

Verse 4 then continues saying that the righteousness that Torah provides should be completed in us (by the finished work of Messiah on the cross), but only for those who walk according to the Spirit (which we know is talking about walking in obedience to Torah), and not the flesh.

And then comes a very profound statement.

7 Because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards Elohim, for it does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, neither indeed is it able,
8 and those who are in the flesh are unable to please Elohim.

Paul says that the mind of the flesh (which he defines as “death” and “setting on the matters of the flesh” in verses 5 and 6, and in the letter to the Galatians he talks about the works of the flesh), does not subject itself to the Torah of Elohim, because it isn’t able to do so. Why not? Because walking in the Spirit, is walking in the Torah of Elohim! He continues to say that those who are walking in the flesh is unable to please Elohim. Wow! What a statement. If we want to please Elohim, we must walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh. And walking in the Spirit, is obeying Torah.

Shalom, and may YHWH bless you with this message.

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