Dead To The Law – Romans 7:1-6

We now are to Romans 7, which if you read out of context from chapters 5, 6 then you can get the wrong message that Paul is trying to convey.

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?  For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto G-d.  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  Romans 7:1-6

Paul clearly tells us in v1 that He is speaking to the Jews, those who know the Law.  The verse really speaks to everyone because the law has dominion over man as long as he lives.  Meaning the law is over you because of your sin and you have a penalty to pay.  This is whether you know the law or not based on what Paul wrote in Romans 2.

Therefore, you must die to the law…to be freed from the law.  We are then raised from the dead through the Messiah to bring forth fruit unto G-d.  In other words, we must be born again.  If you are not born again, then you will not produce fruit unto G-d.  We cannot fulfill the Torah through our own efforts.  We must rely on G-d to work in us to produce the right kind of fruit.

Paul points this out saying when we were in the flesh.  While we were in the flesh sin occurs and brings forth death.  But now we are delivered from the consequences of the death, therefore serve in newness of spirit.  The old is through the flesh and the new is through the spirit.  This reminds me of Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:26-27.  Those two passages tell us G-d will remove the old stony heart and give us a flesh heart.  He will also put in His spirit and it will cause you to walk in His commandments.

We were never to walk this walk alone.  As Hebrews 4:2 tells us if the word is not mixed with faith then you will not enter His rest.

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!