What is the “truth” that sets us free from sin and death? What are the lies that we believe that prevent us from being set free from sin?
Paul said in Romans 8:2 that the “law” of the Spirit of Life in the Anointed Savior had made him free from the law of sin and death. Yet he did not share all the truth he knew with those in his day because they were not able to bear it at that time. He said, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able” (1 Cor. 3:2). These people could not be set free from sin and death because they were not ready in their hearts and minds to be obedient to the truth. One must wonder why they were not ready. What was it that held them back?
There is a “law” of the Spirit of Life, which is cause and effect. And there is a law of sin and death, which is also cause and effect. What is the “Spirit of Life”? What is “sin and death”? These are two truths that we must believe exist and understand if we are to come into life—into the spirit of righteousness.
The Spirit of Life is an energy force that draws you to itself like a magnet. It is kind and gentle, patient and understanding, it is wisdom and love. Sin and death repels Life’s energy force like two magnets back to back. Sin is falling short of the image of the Heavenly Father and death is that place of rebellion and ignorance.
James 1:14-18 tells us, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed (trapped). Then when lust has conceived [is considered], it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. Do not err [cause to roam], my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights [truths], with whom is no variableness [unpredictability], neither shadow of turning [a shading off]. Of his own will begat [engender] he us [How?] with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
What is that “word of truth” that is sure and clear and able to set us free from sin and death? It is the word that is active, able to lift up, encourage and strengthen the spirit of the inner man.
Isaiah 44:20 (TLB) says, “The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes; he is trusting what can never give him any help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this thing, this idol that I’m holding in my hand, a lie?”
The “Truth” that sets us free from sin and death is not in things, in idols that have not the spirit of life—such as a decorated tree, Santa, tooth-fairy, sun, elf, deer, egg, or a rabbit. It is not in symbols such as a wafer, wine, bread, water, nor in any other physical thing or activity.
Yahweh (GOD) set in place symbols and we are not to pollute these symbols by adding to them or taking from them, for they represent truths which we need to understand in order to come into life. Wine represented as the life of Christ, yeast symbolic of sin, the egg as a good gift, bread as the body of Christ, oil as anointing, light as truth, and so on are not sacred in themselves. They are tangible symbols for our spiritual understanding. Now when we “mix” these symbols with false ideas we contaminate the truth and thereby contaminate the Word.
The American flag is a symbol of America. It represents who we are as a nation. It flies over all government buildings and many other places as a symbol of our freedom, yet we do not worship it; we recognize it as a symbol. We would be appalled if someone added a symbol to it that symbolized something other than what it was supposed to be. If it was changed, It would no longer represent us. When we replace the communion wine with grape juice, or the bread with crackers, the anointing oil with water, or even the light with darkness, it takes away from its meaning, its value, because each symbol has pre-established meanings according to their natural function. If they are changed, they cannot represent the truth our Heavenly Father wants us to see. Biblical symbols should never be changed or contaminated with other symbols or pagan customs. Nor should we take pagan symbols and customs and claim them to be sacred.
Paul writes, in Romans 1:20-25: “The invisible things of Yahweh, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made [tangible things], even his eternal power and Godhead; so that people are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God [Yahweh], they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain [foolish, wicked, idolatrous] in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened [unclear, doubtful, undecided)] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and they changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore GOD gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of Yahweh into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed [adorable] for ever.”
The prophet Jeremiah said unto Hananiah the prophet, “Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord [Yahweh] has not sent you; but you make this people to trust in a lie” (Jeremiah 28:15). Because the people did not question Hananiah, they trusted in his lies. If you continue to read, you will see that the Lord (Yahweh) forbade him to continue to deceive the people and he died.
Our Savior, the Word in flesh, said, “Because I tell you the truth, you believe me not” (John 8:45). Why did the people not believe? Would it not have been because some loved evil more than good? Some were afraid of the unfamiliar and afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Some were afraid of their imaginary god and his wrath upon them if they believed another. They did not have eyes to see the Spirit of the Father.
The messenger said to John, “Blessed [fortunate] are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (Rev. 22:14-15). There are people who do not have a love for truth, who make up lies to tell others so they can get noticed and feel important. If we allow these people to teach our children and we ourselves neglect to teach them the truth, they will be hindered by their lack of knowledge.
So what is the truth that sets us free from sin and death? The truth is there is a “law” of Life and a “law” of sin and death. Many things, beliefs, and actions in themselves may not be “evil” yet they distract from and repel the truth that is their lifeline and therefore, Life—they are adversaries of Truth and Life.
Second Timothy 3:5 warns the believers to turn away from anything that has a form of godliness, while it denies the power of the Holy Spirit.
If we really want to know and act in that truth that sets one free from sin and death, then we must “think” of the whole picture and ask ourselves, “Is this going to lead people to the Heavenly Father? Will it cause people to depend upon His principles, His ability and power, and cause them to seek to know Him personally?