Romans 7:1-6 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another --- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. NKJV
First we must understand that this letter of Paul’s was not written by him with chapter and verses (others added that to give the readers specific locations) it was a letter just as any of us would write today written in a continuous flow expressing and conveying a specific message. Paul continues his theme right into chapter 7 of us being no longer under the law. Paul was speaking at this time in his letter to Jewish men and women in the Roman Church who knew the Law of Moses and that was not just the Ten Commandments but as we have unfolded in earlier studies it included many other laws the people were required to obey as Moses received them from God and gave them to the Jewish people. They are of course too numerous to list them all but for example they had the Law of Burnt Offering, the Law of Grain Offering, and the Law of Sin Offering just to name a few and in each one of these Laws God instructed Moses how they were to be obeyed. These 3 Laws and the others given to Moses by God for the Jewish people to obey were a shadow and picture of our Lord Jesus Christ who was to come as Israel’s Messiah/Redeemer of the World and fulfill every one of those Ceremonial Laws (Colossians 2:16-17 & Hebrews 8:3-5 & Hebrews 10:1-4).
Paul makes the point clearer by showing how the law keeps people in bondage and cannot liberate or set any soul free from sins dominion over and in their lives by setting forth the example of a wife bound by the Law of Moses to her husband as long as the husband lives. Paul wants them to make the connection between what the wife is under in obligation by the Law to remain joined to her husband as long as he lives and likewise all of the Jews were bound to obey the Law of Moses in order to be Jews. Likewise the Jews and Non-Jews (Gentiles) are bound by God’s Moral Law (the Ten Commandments) to obey them perfectly always for the Ten Commandments set the standard to be obeyed yet it did nor could it ever dispense power to the Jew or Non-Jew (Gentile) enabling them to obey it. Like the woman married to a man is considered an adulteress if she marries another man while her husband still lives, so is every Jew or Non-Jew (Gentile) considered a sinner or Law breaker before God if they do not keep the whole law (Romans 2:25 & James 2:10-11). Paul wants the believers to understand that just as only when a woman’s husband dies is she freed from the law that binds her to him and likewise we believers having received our Lord Jesus Christ (who took our sin into Himself dying for our sins) we have died to sin in Christ and now are freed from the Law by way of our union to Christ Jesus our Lord. Now that we are under grace and not under law (Romans 6:14) we have been loosed or freed from its tyrannical demands but with this freedom and liberty there does not come license to break the Law for now that we are in Christ and under grace, He (Christ) has fulfilled the Law (Matthew 5:17-20 & Romans 10:4-5 & Galatians 2:21) and therefore in Him we too can fulfill the laws righteous requirements as we are empowered by grace through the Spirit.
Paul explains this great mystery of us being married to our Lord Jesus Christ as His bride having been divorced from the Law as he so clearly expounds it in detail in the entire Ephesians 3 & Ephesians 5. It is this union and connection and joining in Christ’s Mystical Body that enables us to bear fruit to God the Father (Philippians 1:9-11) and Paul often prayed for other believers to be filled so with Christ for this intimacy with Him in love is how we live no longer in willful sin and rebellion to God’s Moral Law as we once did when were dead spiritually and incapable of bearing only sin which always led to death. Paul is saying that before any of us were recipients of God’s Grace the law provoked the corrupt nature in us to sin more. It was as if since as each one of us saw our inability within to obey God’s Moral Law we rationalized our lack of power (no grace) to further indulge ourselves in sin because we could not help ourselves. Instead of the helplessness sin’s power exuded over us pushing us to God for help, it kept us away from Him through guilt and shame making us rationalize or cover up our depraved condition to sin’s power as we looked to ease the guilt and shame by comparing ourselves to others. Paul, however, now wants all of us true believers to recognize, remember, and now repudiate that old defeated state of mind and being and see ourselves now as being delivered from those bonds and chains that the Law held us in and walk in the Spirit where we will not satisfy the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-18).
Philippians 3:3 “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” NKJV
“Before I truly believed or trusted the Gospel of Christ I was still under the law. Where the law is, there is bondage or enslavement to sin (the sins of pornography and masturbation and all forms of sexual addiction). Being under the Law gives freedom in nothing but rather leads into, and brings about, a spirit of bondage or enslavement. The Law exacts rigorous obedience where there is no strength or power found to perform the obedience. The Law held me guilty. The Law cursed and condemned me for disobedience. Therefore, as long as I was still under law, and of the works of law, I was always under a spirit of bondage or enslavement.” Clifford D. Tate, Sr. from my book entitled “Silent Assassins of the Soul”
Galatians 3:10 (AMP): “And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them.”
“Let me give you an example to illustrate this point. When a man falls into quicksand, his self-effort of struggling to free himself only sinks him deeper and deeper into the quicksand. Such was the case with me and with every person still under the curse of the Law. My self-effort to try to free myself or stop the sins of pornography and masturbation (sexual addiction) served only to thrust me deeper and deeper into my addiction and dependence. When the Gospel took effect in my heart, however, under the influence of the Spirit of God I was liberated or freed (with strength Christ gave me) to not sin. Being still under the Law is contrary to the Gospel and to the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit now dwells or lives in me by grace through faith. The principle of grace being worked out in my soul gives me liberty or freedom from the bondage and enslavement of sin. It gives me a liberty or freedom from the law’s rigorous exaction, curse, and condemnation and from the veil of former blindness and ignorance. When I was converted to Christ by truly believing and trusting Him then the veil of ignorance was taken away. The blindness of my mind and the hardness of my heart were cured and are being sanctified daily by Christ’s grace. My condition is now one of joy and freedom in the Holy Spirit.” Clifford D. Tate, Sr. from my book entitled “Silent Assassins of the Soul”
“The law, by commanding, forbidding, threatening, corrupt and fallen man, but offering no grace to cure and strengthen, did but stir up the corruption, and, like the sun shining upon a dunghill, excite and draw up the filthy steams. We being lamed by the fall, the law comes and directs us, but provides nothing to heal and help our lameness, and so makes us halt and stumble the more.” Matthew Henry
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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