Romans 7

by Andrea Elizabeth

“Rom 7:4 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.”

Dead to the law does not mean we are free to break it. It means it is not a way out of sin. It’s like the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It reveals our sin and thus captivates us.

“Rom 7:7 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. Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. Rom 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.”

This is not saying coveting is ok once you’re dead to the law. It means that willing yourself not to covet doesn’t work. Loving Jesus more than not coveting is apparently what works.