Scripture Reading: Romans 7
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Dominion—rule, lordship, to have power and influence over someone.
Romans 7:2-4—not under law Romans 6:14
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.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.
Husband represents law. When he dies, the law dies and the wife is now free from law to marry again. If husband is alive she is in violation of marriage law.
Become dead—were slain, fits in with were crucified.
Main point—death dissolves legal obligation. Husband dies; wife is dead to that law too now.
We died to the law—the law didn’t die. Our old man died, just like the woman’s husband died, that legal part of her died but she still lives and can be married to another. We are married to Christ to bring forth fruit.
Your Adam husband died; now marry Christ.
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 [to that] wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
In the flesh—in Adam, unregenerate life. Motions—emotions, impulses, passions, affections, that prompt sin. By the law—irritated, stimulated, stirred up by the law. Fruit unto death—pointless, worthless killing fruit.
Delivered—discharged, no longer under its power just like the woman with the dead husband. Were held—we are dead to that control now.
We now serve with a new spirit, not in the old Adam flesh way of trying to keep a dead letter that has no life or power, by literal, mechanical, forced obedience that had no regard for the state of the heart. Drudgery and heaviness.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Law sin—is the law to blame for our sin? Not known sin—I had no way of knowing the pull of sin within me until I read the law. Lust, covet, concupiscence all same Greek word—denotes irregular desire for what is forbidden. The law forbade stuff Paul didn’t know was forbidden, once he knew, his flesh wanted that stuff.
Sin was dead—sin is stirred up by prohibitions, Paul never would have known the inbred corruption in him, until the law pointed out what not to do, then Paul wanted to do it.
Occasion—a base of operations. Sin was supported and kept an active force by the law.
Alive without law—in a place of ignorance and innocence, didn’t know until law told him.
Sin revived—came in full force, as if from the dead. It was there, Paul just didn’t know the force of sin in him until law showed up. I died—I saw myself as a dead man by the law.
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Ordained—intended, designed for life because the opposite kills. Deceived—Sin in me seduced me, drew me into the thing that was forbidden. Slew me—I thought law would help, instead sin in me was stirred up by it to kill me.
Holy—revelation from God Himself. Just—righteous standard. Good—has becoming ends.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Made death—is the problem with the law? Nope, law is good. Appear sin—showing its true colors. Exceeding sinful—law shows the sin in you, it takes what is good from God and turns it into what is disgusting.
Law makes spiritual demands, but I only have flesh to try and fulfill it, and it is incapable of doing so. Sold under sin—in bondage to as a slave under the power of sin.