7 Brothers and sisters, I am speaking to you who know the law. Don’t you know that the law has authority over us only as long as we are alive? 2 For example, by law a married woman is joined to her husband as long as he is living. But suppose her husband dies. Then the marriage law no longer applies to her. 3 But suppose that married woman gets married again while her husband is still alive. Then she is called a woman who commits adultery. But suppose her husband dies. Then she is free from that law. She is not guilty of adultery even if she marries another man. 4 My brothers and sisters, when Christ died you also died as far as the law is concerned. Then it became possible for you to belong to him. He was raised from the dead. Now our lives can be useful to God. 5 Our sinful nature used to control us. The law stirred up sinful longings in our bodies. So the things we did resulted in death. 6 But now we have died to what used to control us. We have been set free from the law. Now we serve in the new way of the Holy Spirit. We no longer serve in the old way of the written law.
In this passage Paul is speaking to the Jews who know the Law (of Moses) very well. It’s almost like “mission impossible” to ask a Jew to be released from the Law and turn to Jesus Christ without changing their thinking. Paul knew it very well and tried to break through this deep-rooted concept inside the Jewish mindset. So, Paul makes an example by using the rule of marriage and remarriage which is familiar to all to explain how to live for Jesus Christ “legally”.
Just like if a woman’s husband died, then, she can remarry to another legally. In the same way, if a person died to the Law through the body of Christ, then he/she can live for Jesus Christ justly and serve Him in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
The challenge of this passage to me is: How many times, have I “Lived
to the law but been Dead to Jesus Christ”.
Dear Lord, help me to remember that I am DEAD to the law, and I won’t give my body to sin as the instrument of wrong doing, but the instrument of righteousness to God. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu