Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Sometimes a pastor or believer can spend hours trying to explain the Good News, it is our nature to plea, to try and exhort it the best way we can. But the word of God is so powerful, that if we look closely, salvation does not need to taught with confusing theological gymnastics.
The passage above is indicative of this. It goes straight to the heart at those world religions telling their congregation they are in effect “not free” and will not be free UNLESS they do certain things they task them with.
Here, Paul is indicating there are two laws. One is a law of the Spirit of life in Christ and a law of sin and death. Which law are you under? If you believe by church attendance, sacrament participation, commandment keeping, your own works, are the way to salvation, you are UNDER the law of sin and death! You are trying by this law to save yourself, by either trying to keep these laws or not break them. You have not been freed by them.
Now if we go back to verse 1, Paul says “therefore is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”. A key point to the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. He then goes onto say “those who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit”. Again, he contrasts two ideologies as he did in V2. Those in Christ are not those in the flesh under the law of sin and death.
Again, every world religion will attempt to say that the sinner is ALWAYS under the law of sin and death. They will put up roadblock after roadblock. They will protest Paul’s admission that one no longer under condemnation. Why? So they keep the congregant under the chains of their church. They don’t want them truly free, because they then lose control over them.
Study the world religions such as Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, etc, and they all will declare that sinners are habitually bound by the law of sin and death. If you are apart of this false theology, you have willingly put those chains on. You are NOT free in Christ!
If God so wills, you will be put under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. Only THEN you are free from the law of sin and death! Repent of your sins, and believe this Good News! Pride in a world religion has shackled your salvation!