For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
a. NLT: And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
b. NIV: because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
c. YLT: for the law of the Spirit of the life in Christ Jesus did set me free from the law of the sin and of the death;
d. Amplified Bible: For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
e. Worrell Translation: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and death.
f. Wuest Translation: For the law of the Spirit, that of the life in Christ Jesus, freed you once for all from the law of the sinful nature and of death.
1. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus…”
a. For [Strong: 1063 gar. gar; a primary particle; properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles):--and, as, because (that), but, even, for, indeed, no doubt, seeing, then, therefore, verily, what, why, yet.]
b. the law [Strong: 3551 nomos, nom’-os; from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle):--law.]
c. of the [Strong: 3588 ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
d. Spirit [Strong: 4151 pneuma, pnyoo’-mah; from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:--ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind.] [Thayer: the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son, the spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated.]
e. of [Strong: 3588 ho ho, including the feminine he hay, and the neuter to to in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom):--the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.]
f. life [Strong: 2222 zoe, dzo-ay’; from 2198; life (literally or figuratively):--life(-time).]
g. in [Strong: 1722 en, en; a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537); "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.:--about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.]
f. Christ [Strong: 5547 Christos, khris-tos; from 5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:--Christ.]
g. Jesus [Strong: 2424 Iesous, ee-aa-sooce’; of Hebrew origin (3091); Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites:--Jesus.]
1). The law of the Spirit of life is found only in Christ Jesus. This means the only way we can benefit from it, operate in it is to be “in Christ”. The only way to get in Christ is to be born again.
a). John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
b). 2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2. “…hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
a. hath made…free [Strong: 1659 eleutheroo el-yoo-ther-o'-o; to liberate, i.e. (figuratively) to exempt (from moral, ceremonial or mortal liability):--deliver, make free.][Thayer: to make free, set at liberty: from the dominion of sin.]
b. me [Strong: 3165 me, meh; a shorter (and probably originally) from of 1691; me:--I, me, my.]
c. from [Strong: 575 apo, apo’; a primary particle; "off," i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative):--(X here-)after, ago, at, because of, before, by (the space of), for(-th), from, in, (out) of, off, (up-)on(-ce), since, with. In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.]
d. the law [Strong: 3551 nomos, nom’-os; from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle):--law.]
e. of sin [Strong: 266 hamartia, ham-ar-tee'-ah; from 264; a sin (properly abstract):--offence, sin(-ful).]
f. and [Strong: 2532 kai, kahee; apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words:--and, also, both, but, even, for, if, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yet.]
g. death [Strong: 2288 thanatos, than’-at-os; from 2348; (properly, an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively):--X deadly, (be...) death.]
1). Kenneth Copeland: “We must understand that there are laws governing every single thing in existence. Nothing is by accident. There are laws of the world of the spirit, and there are laws of the world of the natural. The laws of the world of the natural govern our activities in this natural, physical world. We don’t float; we walk. If the law of gravity were not in action, we would float. These physical laws can be manipulated. For instance, the law of gravity is used when flying an airplane, but it is superseded by another physical law, the law of lift. When you put the law of lift into operation, you can fly, but you must know something about the law of gravity in order to use the law of lift. You don’t do away with the law of gravity; you just supersede it with a higher law. These are natural, physical laws, and they govern this natural, physical world. We need to realize that the spiritual world and its laws are more powerful than the physical world and its laws.”
2). DC: There are two “laws” mentioned in this verse, they are, “the law of the Spirit of life” and “the law of sin and death”. Paul writes that “the law of the Spirit of life” that is found in Christ Jesus overcomes “the law of sin and death”. One law overcomes the other. The “law of sin and death’ is described by Paul in the preceding chapter. It is also called by Paul in the last verse of this passage as “the body of this death”.
a). Romans 7:14-24 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
3). The passage is self explanatory and all of us can relate to it, but there are a few verses that are necessary to look in another translation.
a). Amplified Bible: Romans 7:23 But I discern in my bodily members [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs [in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].
b). Worrell Translation: Romans 7:23 But I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
4). The Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost is saying the law of sin and death, that driving irresistible desire to sin, that Paul perfectly described in Romans 7:14-23, is a disease that has plagued mankind since the fall, can be overcome. It can be overcome by another law, but only one, and Paul identifies it, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” It is only found in one place, one location, in Christ Jesus, therefore the only way to have access to this supernatural power or even understand it, is to get born again. We have to be born again where we become a new creation, our spirit man is recreated in Christ and the old things are passed away and all things are of God. When we get born again we are given the same amount of supernatural power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead.
a). Ephesians 1:19-21 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
5). Because we have been born again.
a). John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
6). When we got born again we were translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God.
a). Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: