This thread will discuss:
The law of God
The law of sin and death
The law of good in the mind
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
So far I have talked only about "the law of God"
which Paul also indicates when he speaks of "the commandment"
"So then the law is holy and the commandment holy and righteous and good. (v.12)
Did then that which is good become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin did, that it might be shown to be sin by working out death in me through that which is good,
that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful." (vs.12,13)
Of course everything in man's being thinks he ought to try to keep the commandments of God. Man thinks he is able. Man delights in trying to do so because he was created with a good law designed into his being. But since the fall of Adam it needs to be exposed that the original good man has been invaded by something called sin.
Now we will go on to see the law of good in man's mind. This is that good nature that man was created with that wants to go along with the good commandments of God. But we cannot. Rather the law of God exposes a more powerful law of pulling us down into iniquity and transgressions against the absolute goodness of God's commandments.
"For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am fleshly, sold under sin.(v.14)
For what I work out, I do not acknowledgel for what I will, this I do not practice; but what I hate, this I do."
We want to do what is good from God's law.
We end up doing what we hate.
What we will to do we do not work out.
What we hate, this is what we end up working out.
This chapter ends with a cry just before the solution of God's salvation in Christ is discussed:
"Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?" (v.24)
Something of a parasitical nature has entered into the body of man, making man sold under sin and "fleshly". Sin is in what Paul describes as "the body of this DEATH"
. And that is the death of being unable to perform the good that the good law in his designed being knows but cannot carry out.
Rather, what the sinner hates, THIS
he carries out. The law of God exposes this automatic tendency to one degree or another in every human being.
Man agrees that that the law of God is good.
" For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man, (v.22)
But I see a DIFFERENT LAW in my members, warring against the law of my mind and making me a captive to the law of sin which is in my members." (v.23)
The phrase "a different law"
identifies that multiple laws are being discussed here;
The law of God above and outside of man making its OUGHTS and OBLIGATIONAL demands upon man. And a good law in man's design which agrees and delights to want to keep God's law.
Here Paul explicitly tells that there is the law of his mind aside from the law of God.
" For I delight in the law of God according to the inner man. (v.22)
But I see a different law in my members, warring against THE LAW OF MY MIND and making me captive to the law of sin which is in my members." (v.23)
Above him - "the law of God"
Within his inner man - "the law of my mind"
But warring against the law of his mind - "the law of sin which is in my members."
We can see THREE of the four laws I mentioned by now.