Marriage compared to the Law

Today we are reading from Romans 7:1-6.

 Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
Paul continues to talk about our freedom to not be enslaved to sin.  Now he uses the example of marriage and how in a marriage, while our partner lives we need to stick to the bounds of marriage.  BUT if our partner dies, we are free to live as we choose.   Makes sense right?   

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
So just as we have freedom after the death of a spouse, can you see the freedom we have now that Christ freed us from slavery to sin?  The law's power over us is dead.  We are free!     So though we were living under the power of the flesh, stuck in the law, we don't have to anymore.   It is dead!   Think about that for a moment.

The drive to sin, that living under the law with it's penalty of death. It is dead!  

We don't have to live by that old way.

We have been released from it, able to serve a new way.  That new way is the life of the Spirit.  Life I tell you.  Isn't it wonderful? 

What say you? 

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  1. This is a powerful passage. God's freedom is from sin and the law of sin. That is quite a freedom.


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