17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 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. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made… 16 which is Christ. (Genesis 2:16; Romans 7:24-25; Galatians 3:19,16)
In the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents an everlasting spiritual principle that is of the most vital importance. That tree represents “the law” — both what Paul later refers to as “the law of God” AND “the law of sin” (Romans 7:25). The law is one entity, regardless. It equally exposes in people both good and evil. We were never-never, ever-ever meant to serve the law.
Even the law as “the law of God” was just a spiritual test, a slick enducement, a subtle seduction, and a sweet temptation to step out in life on our own, to try life as noble agents who were separate, independent, and apart from God. Sometimes we refer to that as being a “free moral agent.” That was only a masked invitation to share the pride and downfall of Lucifer the devil. But, God had strictly forbidden that. He said it would lead to certain death. That should have been our first clue that even the idea was evil.
To this very day, we generally fail to apprehend the nature of that seduction. I see and hear all day everyday Christians trying to live, and measure themselves, and perform behavior control by the law, when the New Testament explicitly says, “This I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal 5:16). To “walk in the Spirit” means to conduct our lives wholly through the agency and resource of the Spirit of God. And, “the Spirit” is God’s very presence. This is God’s command. This is the way He wanted us to relate to him from the Garden until now. This is the way to have both victory and liberty. So, why serve the law? We are invited to know and serve God directly, in an intimate personal relation that Christ makes possible. And, I pray sincerely and fervently that all of you attain to that joyful and unburdened relationship and lifestyle with Him.