~~ The Law of Sin and Death ~~
What causes death? Was it being under the law? No. This is not the cause of death. Here is the answer to this question:
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Ro 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ro 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Ro 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (Adam knowingly and willfully transgressed the law of God and took them into the law of sin and death. He went from grace, life, into death, willfully. There is no forgiveness for this sin unto death. So no other person did sin after this similitude).
So we see that sin is the cause of death. One man, Adam, brought sin into the world. By this sin he also brought death into the world. God had told Adam the day you ‘eat’ of that tree, you will die. So the disobedience to God was sin, and by this sin came death.
Now this is the reason death reigned from Adam to Moses. Sin was always in the world, so death was also always in the world. See the law did not bring death. Sin did. See verse 21 said the end of those things, (unrighteousness) is death.
Verse 22 shows the way out of this dilemma. When we are made free from sin, by Jesus coming into our lives, the end of this is everlasting life.
So how is all of this tied to the law? Again the Word will show us. Ro 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
So from this we see that the carnal mind is death. So to be carnally minded is the sin. So then we must conclude that Adam went from a spiritual mind to a carnal mind. He went from life to death. How? By partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So what is that? Again let the Word show us. Ro 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit untodeath.
Ro 7:7 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.
Ro 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Ro 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Ro 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Ro 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Now we see that the motions of sins were by the law. I had not known sin but by the law, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. So this clearly shows that the law was that tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. We have already established that the law was good. It was ordained to life, but we find that it was unto death. Sin was set in motion by the law. Where there is no law, sin is not imputed. Now there was still sin, but it was not imputed. Yet the sin still brought forth death, for the wages of sin is death. We see also that the law only speaks to those who are under law. It brings all the world to be guilty before God. So see that by the law, the world became guilty and by the law shall no one be justified. So if you are under law, you are in death.
So now when you put all of this together there is only one conclusion one can come to. Adam took the world under law. He went to law, for without the law, sin was dead. So then to be under the law is to be carnally minded. See the knowledge of sin came by the law. Death came by sin. To be carnal minded is death. So they are all joined into one and the same event. Law, sin, carnal mind, = death, no justification.
So the question is, How then can one be justified and set free from this death? Answer: Ro 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 3:24 Beingjustified freely by his gracethrough the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
So there is only justification by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. Notice he said this is remission of sins that are PAST. There is a false teaching today that even future sins are remitted at this time. I do not find that in Scripture. When the justification of Jesus is placed into our souls, we are then made free from sin. If you sin willfully after this, there is no sacrifice for those sins and it will cost you your soul.
So then, why was death reigning from Adam to Moses? Because sin was in the world. They sinned because Adam had taken them to law. Without law, there could have been no sin. But they had not been placed under that law by God. So God did not impute sins to them. Yet they still sinned and it cost them death. So then why did God give the law to Moses? Ro 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Ro 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Ga 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Ro 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
This tells us that law was for two purposes. To show sin as exceeding sinful, that God might require it and impute it to them because of their transgressions. They were to be held here under law until the seed should come, which was Jesus. Only in Jesus is deliverance. The law is not of faith, so it cannot give deliverance.
See there are two laws. You must take both laws into consideration to learn the real truth.
Ro 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Ro 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Ro 8:2 For thelaw of the Spirit of lifein Christ Jesus hath made me free from thelaw of sin and death.
So we see that there is a law of life which is by faith in Jesus Christ. This is not the law of works or the law of sin and death. God gave the law of sin and death to Moses. It was a law of no mercy, or grace. It was death, for everyone was declared guilty under this law. This law is not of faith, therefore no justification can come by this law. The end of this law is death. By this law is the knowledge of sin and the wages of sin is death. So the only way out of this death by sin, under this law, is to come into faith in Jesus Christ, into grace, out of law. The only means of having this is the Way of Pentecost, receiving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for this remission of sins.
If you do not obey this faith plan of God, you will remain under the old law of sin and death. No amount of works under this law will give you salvation. No tithing, no Sabbath keeping, no church going, no paying a preacher, no singing or playing music, or teaching Sunday School, no building great temples of wood and stone, or such can give you justification from sins. Only coming into pure faith in His blood, obeying the NT plan of salvation, will free you from the carnal mind of Adam, Law, and give you life.
People were dying from Adam to Moses to show that all were under sin. Even though God had not placed them under that law, it was still at work in their lives, bringing forth sin unto death. But as their sins increased, God became angry at their evil lives and set the law up so that he could bring them all under the condemnation of willful transgressions like unto Adam, so that he could bring his wrath upon them. Only by placing them under the law of sin and death could God impute their sins to them and hold them guilty. Death was still upon them, but after the law came they were held guilty and God imputed their sins to them. Thus they could not find redemption until they came into Grace.
The body was held under death from Adam on down to us today. After salvation was made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus, then all who refuse to come into the NT way of Salvation, according to what God showed on the Day of Pentecost, will be held as guilty and condemned with the OT people who died under that law. All who are not willing to repent, be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and then be filled with the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues will perish as under law.
The only means of salvation or deliverance from that old law of sin and death is to come into grace by this NT plan of Salvation. Going to church does not place you into grace. Paying tithes does not give you salvation. Keeping a Sabbath day is not grace. It is law. God said he despised this way of works. If you keep idols such as celebrating some birthday, which you claim is Jesus’ birthday, or some silly Easter thing, and all the other man-made holidays, then you are still under the law of sin and death. The wages of this sin is death. Why will you die? Why would all these silly things mean so much to you as to give up salvation to keep them these few years of mortal life?
It is time you all consider these things and stop allowing carnal minded people to hold you in bondage and destruction. If you hold to these false teachings, you are guilty of the same sins because you partake of their sins. Therefore you are just as guilty. Search the Scriptures as Jesus told us to do. Where is a command from God to do any of these silly things? If he did not command it, then it is of Satan. It is the sins of which death is the end. I pray someone will hear these words and come out of that darkness into His glorious LIGHT of TRUTH.
By: Jo Smith ~~ December 2, 2006