Did you know that sin itself cannot kill you? Sin needs the law to do that. For apart from the law, sin is dead. So when you put yourself under the law, your sin becomes a transgression and the sin is imputed to you. You will feel guilty and condemned, and that condemnation brings death! But the opposite is also true: If there is no law, then there is no imputation of sin. And if there is no imputation of sin, there is no death!