You Will Surely Die (8)

To live, you must die to the law2

The humankind’s insurmountable predicament

The Apostle Paul applies the illustration presented in Romans 7:1 – 3, to humankind. When God created the humankind, in first Adam, He placed it under the law. God commanded the Adam: “…but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17, NKJV. Therefore, the humankind was married to the law. The command was simple; ‘do not eat and live or eat and die forever.’ There was no alternative and no way out of the marriage to the law. The law has no mercy; it only has condemnation. The law would not be the lay if it could forgive the violation of the command.

The humankind, in its first representative, disobeyed the Gods command ‘do not eat,’ and thus, it became a sinner. The wages for sin is eternal death (you will surely die) accordingly; the law condemned the sinner to eternal death. The law and the humankind became irreconcilable enemies. The humankind’s marriage to the law became an insurmountable predicament. The law, the husband, could not die so, the humankind had no way to dissolve the marriage to the law, on its own. Wife, the humankind, wanted to free itself from the marriage to the law and live but it had no power to do anything about it.

Wife, the humankind in the fullness of time, met a man who loved her as she was; he loved her unconditionally. The new man wanted to marry the humankind, but it could not free itself from the unbearable marriage to the law to marry another. To be married to two husbands would constitute a violation of the law and thus, more condemnation and guilt. What was the only solution possible? More about it in the next Blog.

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Dan Lazich

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