Romans 7:1-4 ( posted 3-21-14 )

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?

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.

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.

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.

 

Let's continue.

 

To better explain this chapter I may have to do more frequent studies so Paul's point will stay fresh on our mind.

 

 

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? “

 

Not all the born again christians in Rome were Jewish converts.

This is why Paul said to those who were Jewish converts;

(for I speak to them that know the law,) “

 

The Jewish converts knew how controlling the Law was.

When the Law was broken in part, a blood sacrifice had to be made by using a slaughtered animal. Technically, this was done as a type of the coming Messiah, Son of God Jesus, who would become the Supreme and ultimate sacrifice.

Abraham, Moses and others knew about Jesus...according to Jesus.

If the sin against the Law was not atoned for by a blood sacrifice the sin was ruled by the Law as sin unto death and dominated the person who committed the sin until he or she physically died.

This is why Paul said in the verse of our study;

how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

 

This is why Paul said this about the difference between the Law and grace;

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “  Romans 6:23

When we sin now as believers in Jesus, it is not unto death...death being eternal separation from God, not just physical.

 

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.

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.

 

Paul said to the Corinthians;

The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. “ 1 Corinthians 7:39

The Law bound a man and wife together for life.

Moses, who wrote the Law allowed divorce for this reason;

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. Matthew 19:8

Jesus admitted there is an allowance for divorce;

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, exceptit befor fornication,... Matthew 19:9

 

Obviously, just as God integrated certain laws within physics, nature, sin, moral issues and life in general, so God established a law about a man and woman in marriage.

However, always remember that even though God is not for divorce, divorce is not the unpardonable sin.

Only blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin...never to be forgiven in this life nor in the life to come.

Jesus clearly said;

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemyagainsttheHolyGhost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in theworldto come.“    Matthew 12:31-32

Just as Jesus said this warning to those of us who follow Him, ( since obviously those who do not follow Jesus would'nt care if they were forgiven for the sin of blasphemy, especially since, according to Jesus, they do not even know who the Holy Spirit is ) in the next life or not;

...neither in this world, neither in theworldto come.

 

likewise, John said this to warn those of us who follow Jesus...not to those who do not follow Jesus;

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. “   1 John 5:16

 

My friend, we can choose to believe what we want but this is what the Bible says.

 

Statistically, there are more born again christians who are guilty of the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit than born again christians who are divorced.

 

 

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.

For those of us who believe in Jesus are freed from the Law, sin and death as the result of sin – that is, eternal separation from God in eternal hell.

It is interesting that Paul compared the dominance of the Law as opposed to grace, to the bondage between a man and woman in marriage.

 

Notice that Paul said even though as the result of believing in Jesus Christ, receiving His grace and being delivered from the dominance of the Law regarding sin unto death, those of us who do believe in Jesus are also married to each another and not only to each another but actually married to Jesus Himself.

Here is the reason those of us who believe in Jesus are married to each other and to Jesus Himself;

that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 

I will continue with verse 5 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown