Word of Life – Rom 7:5-6 (24/3/2019 – 7/4/2019)

“For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law

were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 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.

Reflection on Rom 7:5-6

For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our
members to bear fruit to death. 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.

If we reject Jesus as our Saviour and as the One who delivers us from the power of sin, sinful passions are at work in our members which are aroused rather than overcome by the law. Thus, the law is ineffective in the struggle against passions. It truly calls evil evil and a lie a lie, it also warns of punishment, but it gives no strength. The passions, which are produced by sin in us, bear fruit to death.

Next, the Scripture says that if we have died to what we were held by, we have been delivered through this death from the law. It does not mean physical death but our inner union with Christ’s death on the cross by being crucified with Him and by putting into practice the essence of baptism, which is our immersion in Christ’s death. In this inner death, i.e. in this union with Christ crucified who dying conquered death, is the fulfilment of the demands of the law. We are unable to fulfil them by ourselves. Union with Christ’s death makes us able to serve God, i.e. commit ourselves wholly to God, in the newness of life. The Spirit of God, who participated in the resurrection of Christ, then works in us, so that this new life in us may grow.

Word of Life – Rom 7:4 (10/3/2019 – 24/3/2019)

«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.»

Reflection on Rom 7:4

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.”

In the previous verses 1-3, we find a picture of a wife and two husbands. The first husband represents the law of God, which is just and perfect. The other husband represents Christ. So long as the woman is joined to the first husband, there are always demands made on her, but the perfect husband, the law, never lifts a little finger to help her carry them out. She desires to marry the other husband, but she cannot be freed from the first one. And because he refuses to die, the only way out for her is to die herself. This death is the mystery of baptism through which we were immersed into the death of Christ and share in the new life of Christ. This picture shows the deep reality that Jesus not only died on the cross for us, but if we have spiritually entered into His death through baptism and faith, it means that we have been made free from the law of sin, and thus from the just law as well.

Word of Life – Rom 7:3 (24/2/2019 – 10/3/2019)

«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.»

Reflection on Rom 7:3

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.

Interpretation for Rom 7:1-2 and Rom 7:3

Christ the End of the Law

In Romans 6 we saw how God delivered us from sin; in Romans 7 we see how He delivers us from the Law. In chapter 6 we were shown the way of deliverance from sin in the picture of a master and his slave; in chapter 7 we are shown the way of deliverance from the Law in the picture of two husbands and a wife. The relation between sin and the sinner is that of master to slave; the relation between the Law and the sinner is that of husband to wife.

Word of Life – Rom 7:1-2 (10/2/2019 – 24/2/2019)

“Or do you not know, brethren, 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.”

Reflection on Rom 7:1-2

Or do you not know, brethren, 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.

Interpretation for Rom 7:1-2 and Rom 7:3

Christ the End of the Law

In Romans 6 we saw how God delivered us from sin; in Romans 7 we see how He delivers us from the Law. In chapter 6 we were shown the way of deliverance from sin in the picture of a master and his slave; in chapter 7 we are shown the way of deliverance from the Law in the picture of two husbands and a wife. The relation between sin and the sinner is that of master to slave; the relation between the Law and the sinner is that of husband to wife.

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“For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 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.”

Rom 7:5-6 (24/3/2019 – 7/4/2019)