SUBJECT: Romans 7:4-6
QUESTION: Please explain these verses as they pertain to
Thank you for your question concerning Romans 7:4-6.
4 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 God.
5 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.
6 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.
Notice carefully what Paul said: "You ... have become dead"
(Revised Authorized Version). He did not say, "The law is
dead." The law of God did not perish. But, the people became
dead to the law by the body of Christ.
Verse 5 helps explain: "For when we were in the flesh
[before we were converted, and while we were living
according to the pulls of the flesh], the motions of sins,
which were (revealed for what they were) by the law, did
work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death." Thus,
when we were yet sinners, we were worthy of death in God's
sight, having transgressed His holy law.
"But now," Paul writes further, "we have been delivered from
the (certain death penalty of the) law, having died to what
we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of
the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter" (verse 6,
Christ paid the death penalty in our stead. The law of God
no longer claims our lives.
While sinners, we were worthy of execution. But, now, Paul
says that we are dead to the law -- that is, the penalty of
death has been paid by Jesus Christ. So far as the law is
concerned, the penalty is paid -- we are dead, in Christ --
and there is no further "date with death" for us, if we
continue to live in Christ.
This verse in no way says that the law is done away. It
merely shows that Christ paid the penalty of the law for us.
He died for us. We are dead with Him (Rom. 6:3-4). No longer
does condemnation await us (Rom. 8:1), because we are also
made spiritually alive with Him through His resurrection
(Rom. 6:4-5, 11).
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