Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
1Do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to men who know the law—that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives? 2For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man.
4So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. 5For when we were controlled by the sinful nature,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
Romans 7:5 Or the flesh; also in verse 25
Okay! This is a little deep. Paul is using marriage to illustrate our relationship with the law. When we marry, we are obligated-By law- to our spouse, until death. Here is the switch. We as sinful humans are tied to the law until death. The death Paul is referring to is Christ’s death. By dying with Christ and being reborn in him, we are no longer obligated to sin.
Paul never married, so what does he know about marriage? He knows the law! Although Paul does not bring this out in his letter, there is something else we can take from these verses. You can be in a marriage and follow the law exactly, and the marriage can be a total failure. Marriage takes work, faith and trust. Therefore; How can we expect to be saved by God if all we do is keep His law? If all we do is attend church, tithe, and maybe put a fish on the back of our car, can we still get to heaven? No, it takes work, faith and trust.
Prayer- Lord, how wonderful it is that we are reborn through You and Your Son. We are now bound only to You! Help us overcome our sinful nature and keep our faith in You. Go-Fight- Win. Amen.