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In Romans 7 and 8 there are four laws. The law of God is the outward law written in letters (7:22). The law of good is in our natural being, represented by our mind. In our mind is a law that always tries to do good, and this is the law of good (v. 23). Also, the law of sin is in our members (v. 23). When a person wants to do good, there is another law, the law of sin, that defeats him and captures him. Last, Romans 8:2 refers to the law of the Spirit of life.
The first law is the law of God, the Mosaic law. The second law is the law of good that is a kind of natural law of mankind. Mankind was created according to God, and because God is good, there is a natural law within man always trying to do good. The third law is called the law of sin, and sin is the very embodiment of Satan. The law of sin may be called a satanic law. The fourth law is called the law of the Spirit of life. This is the divine law because the very Spirit is also the ultimate consummation of the processed Triune God in contrast to sin, which is the embodiment of Satan. The law of sin is satanic, and the law of the Spirit of life is divine. The four laws are the Mosaic law, the natural law of the human being, the satanic law, and the divine law.
Furthermore, every life is a law. The satanic life is the satanic law, the divine life is the divine law, and the natural life is the natural law. As a believer in Christ, we are also a created person. As a created person, within our being we have the natural law. We became fallen and received the satanic life and nature into our being, and with this satanic life is the satanic law. Then we got saved, and we received the divine life with the divine law. Therefore, in Romans 7 and 8 we see four laws and three lives. (Elders’ Training, Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 4)