Today we continue on our journey in the book of Romans as we look in at chapter seven. Pauls begins by using marriage as an example. When we marry we chose someone for better or for worse. We choose for life, for sickness and in health, for richer for poorer. When death comes, that bond is broken and a new bond can be formed.
What Paul is saying is the we were once married to the Law of God. The Law is a demanding, irritating and exacting husband. The Law brought out all the worst in you. In Christ you have died to the Law. You have been set free in death ( baptism) and we are now married to Him. He is now our exclusive husband. We can no longer go flirting with sin. The Church is the Bride of Christ and Christ loves his Bride. He loves her, values her and he will bring her to himself without spot or wrinkle.
We are now finished with the law, we are dead to it. We have died in Christ and been raised up in newness of life in him. That old hold that the law had over us has been dissolved.
This is why Paul was so emphatic in Romans 6:1 that he challenges that silly thinking that now we are Christ we can go on sinning so that God’s love and grace can increase further in us. The only way to be freed from the law is to be in Christ and when one is in Christ your life now is no longer your own.
When we were married to the law it brought out the worst in us, just like some married couples bring out the worst in each other. Now that we are married to Christ we have a new life in the Spirit and the fruit that comes forth from our lives Paul writes about in his letter to the Galatian Church. Out of this marriage to Christ comes the fruit of the Spirit…
“ love, joy peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such there is no law and those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires.” ( Galatians 5:22-24 )
May you be encouraged as we continue our journey today in God’s word.