For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Sin and death are partners of one throne and issue one law (cf. vers. 14, 21). To obey the one is to obey the other. In former days Paul was compelled to do the bidding of sin. But the Holy Spirit has set him free by making His own will the rule of Paul's life. Just so a conqueror, by setting up his own laws in a conquered country, makes the former laws invalid. That the country obeys the new laws is a proof of conquest. Similarly, the presence and guidance of the Spirit have made Paul free front the rule of sin. This is not a change of bondage, but freedom from all bondage. For the law of the Spirit is the will of our Maker, and therefore the law of our being. And to obey the law of our being is the only true freedom. "In Christ." Paul's deliverance took place objectively in the human body of Christ (Romans 3:24); subjectively, by Paul's spiritual union with the risen Saviour (Romans 6:11).
(Prof. J. A. Beet.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
WEB: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.