Romans Chapter 7 verses 1 to 11
Or don't you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives?
For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
So then if, while the husband lives, she is joined to another man, she would be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she is joined to another man.
Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit to God.
For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.
But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn't have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn't have known coveting, unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead.
I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death; for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.
Those were verses 1 to 11 from Romans Chapter 7
Insight- Paul tells the Jewish Christians that they were now dead to the law through the body of Christ, as they were joined to Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead, and the purpose of this was to bear fruit to God. When they were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in their members and brought forth fruit to death. But now they were freed from the law and at liberty to serve God through Jesus Christ just as a woman who is married and when her husband dies, she is free to marry another man.
Question- As a believer in Jesus Christ, do you feel trapped by laws and traditions that have been passed down to you from your forefathers? Are you experiencing the freedom that the gospel of Jesus Christ gives to every believer? Think about it.
Prayer- Dear Father in Heaven, set me free from human traditions that are a burden to me and help me to experience the freedom that Jesus Christ gives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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