The gift is not like the trespass.

“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7:21-25)

God’s law is the law of the Spirit of Life, always inspiring us what is right, true and beneficial. The law of sin always seek to push us into doing only what the Holy Spirit can and is to do in us.

God’s law sets us free from anxiety so that we may rest in God. The law of sin and death always seek to cause us anxiety to think that by our own might we can change our circumstances.

It’s because of the passing influence of the law of sin and death that the forgiveness of our sins remains a big deal. Through the forgiveness of our sins by God demonstrated by the blood of Christ, we are to no longer hold condemnation against anyone including ourselves. Instead, we are to instruct them into righteousness by the strength and teaching of grace. Where sins increase, grace increases all the more. No longer condemnation, no longer death, but grace leading to life in Christ.

“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Jesus is our Red Cross, bringing His life, the benefits of his blood to whomever sin seems to dominate. The gift of God is not like the trespass. The trespass dictates why we should die, but the gift of God affirms that we are to live, live by Christ, our hope and thus life in God.

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