Dead to the law

A friend and I are doing a Bible Study of the Book of Romans. Last week we were reading Romans chapter 7.

V 1-4, Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Suddenly, as I read it, the comparison became a reality. If I put off my old life and I am born-again, then it is as if I have died and I am a brand new person. These verses say that if a woman is married she is bound to her husband, but if he dies then she is no longer bound to him. Just so, we are bound to the law, but when we are born again we are no longer bound to the law. We are free to follow the teachings and ways of Jesus.

V 6, But now we have been delivered from 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.

Now we can serve Christ is freedom. We don’t have to worry about religious rules. In the Old Testament the priest made atonement for the sins of the people once a year. People had to bring animals and birds to sacrifice for all kinds of things from babies being born to being cleansed from illnesses. There were so many rules and regulations to follow! I have often heard people speak about things that are mentioned in the Old Testament that were regarded as sin, and now they are not called sin anymore. For instance, the debate about tattoos. People say that if tattoos are a sin, then you also shouldn’t be allowed to wear fabric woven from two types of fabric

Deuteronomy 22:11, You shall not wear a garment of different sorts, such as wool and linen mixed together.

What is that all about? I really have no idea. I haven’t researched it at all. All l know is that Jesus says about the greatest commandment.

Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Every action I take, everything I do, every word I speak and every thought I think, ultimately affects not only myself, but others too. If I love God and if I love my neighbour, then I am not going to do things that will hurt either of them. We should always be aware of what we say and what we do. Our actions and our words have the potential to heal or to harm, and if we profess to be believers, we seriously don’t want to hurt anyone. I’m not saying that we should be pushovers and allow people to walk over us at all. We should be led by God’s Word because the answer to every question we have if there. I’m not going to get into lawful and unlawful things because I know that Jesus set me free and I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me. Obviously I make mistakes and when I do Jesus says that I will be forgiven.

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all

To live a life free from condemnation is what Jesus is offering. All we need to do is take it. When we accept Him as Saviour He causes us to become new people who are not dragged down by the old things in our live. We need to live like free people every day and revel in the freedom we have been given.

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