(1) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 7: 1-6 (ESV) “We have died to the law bear fruit for God.”

1Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code

7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Footnotes:

a 1 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 4

b 2 Greek law concerning the husband

c 6 Greek of the letter

(5) Message map: Rom. 5: 1 – 21

Being Born Again, Breaks Our marriage to sin & Renews us To Live in Righteousness To The Master of Righteousness

  • Baptism into Christ’s death Releases Us a) from Being Married to Sin & b) To Walk In Newness Righteously (Rom 3: 3-4)
  • Sin Seized us through Adam’s & Eve’s Fall, & Resonates with our rebellious nature
  • The law of Marriage Explains How We are bound to sin in our 1st life, and How We Are released from sin in our “born again” life.
  • Those who are in Christ bear fruit To Serve God’s good Law, by faith through the spirit.

(6) (Rom 6: 3-4) Baptism into Christ’s death Buries Us to sin & resurrects us to new life. 

1Law is binding on live persons. When God baptized us to share in the death of Christ, we are released from the legal requirements of the law of sin.

Rom 6:3-4 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Rom 7: 1-3 & Rom 6: 3-4

“Vs 3.   baptized =  Upon being born again, God, Himself baptizes us into Christ Jesus’s death?”

Our baptism ceremony/sacrament is a response to what God does spiritually when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

Vs 4. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

Baptism = a physical experience of being submerged as a symbol of being buried with/in/through Christ.  Emerging from the water is a symbol of being resurrected to new life in Christ.

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  • Buries us to the effects of Rom 7:5 “while living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.”
  • Releases us from having to keep the Ceremonial laws that functioned to reveal Christ’s 1) virgin birth, 2) sinless life, 3) substitutionary death, 4) bodily resurrection and 5) His rising to be seated at the right hand of God.
  • Releases us from having to keep the Ceremonial laws that functioned to reveal Christ’s 1) virgin birth, 2) sinless life, 3) substitutionary death, 4) bodily resurrection and 5) His rising to be seated at the right hand of God. Since Christ fulfilled this, we no longer have any need for that part of the Old Testament Law.  God confirms or reinforces this by allowing the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD.

Resurrection through baptism (Rom 6:4) has these results …

When we come up out of the water

  • Releases to live Rom 7:6 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code
  • Releases us to fulfill Rom 6:21-22 21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

(7) Sin: 1) Seizes us through Adam & Eve 2) Slips Into everything & 3) Resonates with our rebellious natures 

Sin Slips Into everything & Resonates with our rebellious natures

Rom 5: 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Rom 7:5 5For while we were living in the flesh (in decisions—actions done apart from faith in God & independent from God’s in-working), our sinful passions (strong feelings that afflict & cause suffering), aroused (rise up in us, on account of / by the instrumentality of, through the agency of [the flesh]) by the law, were at work in our members (various limbs and body parts functioning through our sinful human personality) to bear fruit for death.

Note, we can produce death fruit! The outcomes of our sinful actions and behaviors is death to ourselves and other people.

Rom 7:21 -24 21So I find it to be a law (a force or influence impelling action) that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

22For I delight(identifying with, rejoice in and feel congratulatory towards) in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

(8) Sin: 1) Seizes us through Adam & Eve 2) Slips Into everything & 3) Resonates with our rebellious natures 

Because we have a sin nature which positions us to have a natural rebellion (defection, apostasy, revolt, “a leaving, from a previous standing) against God, when we hear His Commandments, we have a strong tendency to want to break them.

Webster 1828 says of rebellion … An open and avowed renunciation of lawful authority to which one owes allegiance; or traitorously resisting the authority of lawful authority;

Because of the rebellion within our natures, sin seizes and deceives us.

  1. Rom 7:8 8But sin, seizing (aggressively lay hold by seeking & accepting what is available or offered) an opportunity through the commandment, produced all kinds of sin.
  2. Rom 7:11 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, DECEIVED (seduced us away from God’s truth by baiting, tempting and alluring us.) me and through it killed me.
  3. Rom 7:13 Rom 7:13 Sin works through the good commandment of the law to produce death (separation from God) in me and is proven to be “sinful (devoted to depravity, detestable) beyond measure (surpassing all comparison).”

of REBELLION the Bible says:

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and…

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the

Job 34:37 Rebellion multiplies words against God. “To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.”

Proverbs 17:11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them. …

Nehemiah 9:17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the…

… performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.

Deuteronomy 13:5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of Egypt…

2 Chronicles 10:19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Hebrews 3:8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion during the time of testing in the wilderness …

1 Kings 12:19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

Hebrews 3:15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion …

Daniel 8:12 Because of rebellion, the LORD’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. … The army of heaven was restrained from responding to this rebellion. …

2 Kings 8:22 To this day Edom has been in rebellion against Judah. Libnah revolted at the same time. … So Edom is still in rebellion against Judah’s control today. …

Luke 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence.

Exodus 34:7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. … I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. …

Exodus 23:21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. …

(9)  THE LAW IS GOOD BUT (w/o The Spirit) LEAVES US LACKING

Rom 7:7-13

  • 7a…The law is not sin (failure, missing the mark, unethical — not originated or empowered by God).
  • 7b…The law lets us know (informs, instructs, tutors us what sin is.
  • 10The very commandment that promised life (that which comes from and is sustained by God’s self-existent life.) proved to be death to me.
  • 13The law is good — intrinsically good, that which originates from God and is empowered by Him to give life, through faith.
  • 14For we know that the law is spiritual — relating to the realm of spirit, i.e. the invisible sphere in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith and reveals Christ. Also the part of man that responds to God and serves as his instrument.
  • 22For I delight (identifying with, rejoice in and feel congratulatory towards) in the law of God, in my inner being,

(10) The law of Marriage Explains How We are bound to sin in our 1st life, and How We Are released from sin in our “born again” life.

Rom 7: 1-3 1Or do you not know, brothers [and sisters] for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on (has authority and rule over) a person only as long as he lives? 2For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. — Thus the laws of marriage no longer apply to her, as the law of sin & death no longer apply to us.

3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress

We can extend this metaphor a bit farther:

  • If we call ourselves “Christians” but do not participate in God’s the John 3:3 born again experience, nor commit and submit to Christ, as God reveals Him from Genesis to Revelation, we become spiritual adulteresses under Rom 7:3, which is to say when we fail to live up to our commitment as the bride of Christ. Adultery in scripture, such as in Hosea 2: 1- 13, is a metaphor for a relationship that is shallow, unsatisfactory and unfulfilling. (Ezek 6:9, 16:32, 23:45, Mk 8:38, Mt. 16:4, 12:39)

Rom 7: 3 is to say we become spiritual adulteresses when we fail to live up to our commitment as the bride of Christ. Adultery in scripture, such as in Hosea 2: 1- 13 is a metaphor for a relationship that is shallow, unsatisfactory and unfulfilling.

1Law is binding on live persons. When God baptized us to share in the death of Christ, we are released from the legal requirements of the law of sin, and now are under “the law of faith.”

Rom 7: 1-3 1Or do you not know, brothers [and sisters] for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on (has authority and rule over) a person only as long as he lives? 2For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage (under the power of or subject to a man). — which is to say, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her, as the law of sin & death no longer apply to us.

3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress\

Rom 7:3 is to say we become spiritual adulteresses when we fail to live up to our commitment as the bride of Christ. Adultery in scripture, such as in Hosea 2: 1- 13, is a metaphor for a relationship that is shallow, unsatisfactory and unfulfilling. (Ezek 6:9, 16:32, 23:45, Mk 8:38, Mt. 16:4, 12:39)

Moreover Jas. 4:4 NLT says, You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

There are 2 releases regarding accomplished by God baptizing us into Christ’s death:

  • It releases us from having to keep the Ceremonial laws that functioned to reveal Christ’s virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and His rising to be seated at the right hand of God. Since Christ fulfilled this, we no longer have any need for that part of the Old Testament Law.  God confirms or reinforces this by allowing the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD.
  • It releases us from being bound in our flesh to resist God’s moral law.
  • Prior to God Baptizing us into Christ’s death, we are bound as by marriage to sin, the knowledge of which increases by knowing God’s moral law.
  • Being married to sin means we were “under the power of or subject to” sin, like spouses legally are bound to each other.

The Law of marriage

Calvin’s Commentaries:

  • The law, with regard to us, is become abrogated— repealed or done away with:
  • While it holds us separated from Christ and bound to itself, it can do nothing but condemn us. (It’s a really bad marriage relationship.)
  • And lest anyone should on this account blame the law itself, we refute these carnal, fleshly notions and affirm great respect for God’s moral law, knowing we are related from the ceremonial law.
  • We acknowledge the moral law was given to men to regulate this present life, but also to tutor us that we need God’s grace with was extended to us by/ through the sacrifice of Christ, which brings God’s mercy upon us.
  • The dominion of the law continues so long to bind us as it remains in force.
  • EW We all have equal condemnation under the law!)
  • We are dead to it [’s condemning effects] through the body of Christ.
  • “A woman after the death of her husband is loosed from the bond of marriage: the law, which is in the place of a husband to us, is to us dead; then we are freed from its power.” “The woman is bound to her living husband by the law, so that she cannot be the wife of another; but after the death of her husband she is loosed from the bond of his law so, that she is free to marry whom she pleases.”

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. …

Matthew 12:39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! …

Mark 8:38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory…

Ezekiel 6:9 Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me–how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have…

Ezekiel 16:32 “‘you adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! … Yes, you are an

Ezekiel 23:45 But righteous judges will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood, because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.

(11) Those Who Are Alive In Christ Bear Fruit

Rom 7:24 — 25

24 Wretched (distressed, miserable:, afflicted, with these side effects — beaten-down from continued great, ongoing strain, leaving our souls full of callouses, in deep misery from significant hardships) man that I am!

Who will deliver (rescue, snatch us up and remove us away from the midst of present danger or oppression,) me from this body of death?

25Thanks (gratitude for God’s favor, kindness, grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ) be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself serve (I am a slave, am subject to, obey, am devoted to) the law of God with my mind (understanding, reason and reasoning faculty, intellect) but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.  (Note this verse explains we are serving God’s good law.  (Rom 12: 1-2)

Mat 5:17 Jesus did not come to abolish, but to fulfill the law. Mat 5:17 NLT — “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.

Thus following in Christ’s footsteps we “assign over all our personal ownership-rights to God, the rightful owner;

Christian, spiritual growth is increasing in willingness to give over our prerogatives, so His thoughts become our thoughts. His heart becomes our heart, so it appears we are walking in self-governance as God would have us walk, but in actuality is we are increasing in sensitivity and submission to the work of the Holy Spirit!

Ro 12:1-2: 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Jesus did not come to abolish, but to fulfill, and thus we “give all personal ownership-rights assigned to God the owner; (figuratively) to willingly give over the prerogative to be self-governing.

Mat 5:17 Jesus did not come to abolish, but to fulfill, and thus we “give all personal ownership-rights assigned to God the owner; (figuratively) to willingly give over the prerogative to be self-governing.

(12) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God give us the grace to walk in the baptism you provided for us when we were Born Again, which divorced us from the power of sin!

Work in us, so we increasingly experience what it means to die to sin, and walk in the newness of life, under Your good law!  

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