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Romans 8:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For the law of the Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, the-law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, hath set thee free from the law of sin and of death;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for the law of the Spirit of the life in Christ Jesus did set me free from the law of the sin and of the death;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath delivered me from the law of sin and of death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Iesus, hath made me free from the law of sinne and death.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For the law of the Spirit of life, which is in Jeshu Meshiha, hath set thee free from the law of sin and of death.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For the law of the spirit of life, which is in Jesus Messiah, hath emancipated thee from the law of sin and death.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
law 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Spirit 4151
{4151} Prime
πνεῦμα
pneuma
{pnyoo'-mah}
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
of life 2222
{2222} Prime
ζωή
zoe
{dzo-ay'}
From G2198; life (literally or figuratively).
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jesus 2424
{2424} Prime
Ἰησοῦς
Iesous
{ee-ay-sooce'}
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
hath made y1659
[1659] Standard
ἐλευθερόω
eleutheroo
{el-yoo-ther-o'-o}
From G1658; to liberate, that is, (figuratively) to exempt (from moral, ceremonial or mortal liability).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
me y3165
[3165] Standard
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
free 1659
{1659} Prime
ἐλευθερόω
eleutheroo
{el-yoo-ther-o'-o}
From G1658; to liberate, that is, (figuratively) to exempt (from moral, ceremonial or mortal liability).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
x3165
(3165) Complement
μέ
me
{meh}
A shorter (and probably original) form of G1691; me.
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
law 3551
{3551} Prime
νόμος
nomos
{nom'-os}
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
of sin 266
{0266} Prime
ἁμαρτία
hamartia
{ham-ar-tee'-ah}
From G0264; sin (properly abstract).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
death. 2288
{2288} Prime
θάνατος
thanatos
{than'-at-os}
From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Romans 8:2

_ _ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free — rather, “freed me” — referring to the time of his conversion, when first he believed.

_ _ from the law of sin and death — It is the Holy Ghost who is here called “the Spirit of life,” as opening up in the souls of believers a fountain of spiritual life (see on John 7:38, John 7:39); just as He is called “the Spirit of truth,” as “guiding them into all truth” (John 16:13), and “the Spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2), as the inspirer of these qualities. And He is called “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” because it is as members of Christ that He takes up His abode in believers, who in consequence of this have one life with their Head. And as the word “law” here has the same meaning as in Romans 7:23, namely, “an inward principle of action, operating with the fixedness and regularity of a law,” it thus appears that “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” here means, “that new principle of action which the Spirit of Christ has opened up within us — the law of our new being.” This “sets us free,” as soon as it takes possession of our inner man, “from the law of sin and death” that is, from the enslaving power of that corrupt principle which carries death in its bosom. The “strong man armed” is overpowered by the “stronger than he”; the weaker principle is dethroned and expelled by the more powerful; the principle of spiritual life prevails against and brings into captivity the principle of spiritual death — “leading captivity captive.” If this be the apostle’s meaning, the whole verse is to this effect: That the triumph of believers over their inward corruption, through the power of Christ’s Spirit in them, proves them to be in Christ Jesus, and as such absolved from condemnation. But this is now explained more fully.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 8:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 8:2

The law of the Spirit — That is, the gospel. Hath freed me from the law of sin and death — That is, the Mosaic dispensation.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 8:2

(3) For the (b) law of the Spirit of (c) life in (d) Christ Jesus hath (e) made me free from the law of sin and death.

(3) A preventing of an objection: seeing that the power of the Spirit is in us is so weakly, how may we gather by this that there is no condemnation for those that have that power? Because, he says, that power of the life-giving Spirit which is so weak in us, is most perfect and most mighty in Christ, and being imputed to us who believe, causes us to be thought of as though there were no relics of corruption and death in us. Therefore until now Paul reasons of remission of sins, and imputation of fulfilling the Law, and also of sanctification which is begun in us: but now he speaks of the perfect imputation of Christ's manhood, which part was necessarily required for the full appeasing of our consciences: for our sins are destroyed by the blood of Christ, and the guiltiness of our corruption is covered with the imputation of Christ's obedience, and the corruption itself (which the apostle calls sinful sin) is healed in us little by little, by the gift of sanctification: but yet it is not complete, in that it still lacks another remedy, that is, the perfect sanctification of Christ's own flesh, which is also imputed to us.

(b) The power and authority of the Spirit, against which is set the tyranny of sin.

(c) Which kills the old man, and brings the new man to life.

(d) That is, absolutely and perfectly.

(e) For Christ's sanctification being imputed to us perfects our sanctification which is begun in us.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
For:

Romans 3:27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Spirit:

Romans 8:10-11 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. ... But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. ... (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

hath:

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty.
Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

from:

Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? ... I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
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Ps 51:12. Jn 4:10, 14; 6:63; 7:38; 8:32, 36. Ro 3:27; 5:21; 6:18, 22; 7:21, 24; 8:10. 1Co 15:45. 2Co 3:6, 17. Ga 2:19; 5:1. Rv 11:11; 22:1.

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