Author: T. Austin-Sparks

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

Let any of our old man, whether of our old temper, our old way of judging, our old disposition, any of it come up at all, if we are children of God, we know quite well that at that point a barrier is set up and we cannot get past, we are held up in our spiritual life and we have to go back and have that thing cleared up. It is as real as any other thing in the universe to us. At that moment we stand still spiritually, and the flaming sword is across our path. There is no way for that here. Bring that here and you will be judged. You will meet the judgment of God. You will be broken. It is coming up against the fact that God finished with all that long ago and we have to accept God standpoint. When we have accepted it then the thing works out, it continually works out. We take that position, we accept the truth.

We cannot bring an actual endto the old creation ourselves, but we say in a positive way: "Ireckon as God reckons." Well then we shall find as we go on thatGod, having put all that under death, death rests upon it and ifever it shows its head again, the sentence of death is met. If webegin to work for the Lord with our own natural strength we meetdeath and before long our natural strength will come under death.If we begin to use our natural judgment in the things of God weshall meet an arrest and before long we shall come to a deadlock,unable to get through. Anything which we bring of nature into thethings of God will bring us up against not some new issue, but the old issue death which was made to rest upon the oldcreation. In so far as we move in the newness of Life, work bythe Spirit of God, and walk after the Spirit, death is done away andwe are in Life and we can go on and can get through, no matterhow much there may be of handicap and weakness in nature, we canget through as we go on in the Spirit. "The law of theSpirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sinand death." We are free!

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Foundations - Chapter 4

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Bible verses: Romans 8:2

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