Romans 7:5-6 ( posted 4-8-14 )
“ 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. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. “
“ 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. “
What Paul is saying here is that before we became a new creation in Christ Jesus based on our faith in Him, while we were under the bondage of sin, the Law pointing out what is sin, condemned us to eternal hell.
“ But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. “
Keep in mind that the Law was not despised by Jesus, having been the One who made the Law.
Jesus clearly said;
“ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.“ Matthew 5:17
Since Jesus being God made the Law, someone had to fulfill it.
Jesus is the one who did.
As a result, Jesus made it possible to live a life that is not under condemnation, as it was under the Law.
A person can now live a life of freedom, not freedom to sin but freedom to live a life free of condemnation...even though we sin.
According to Paul, because of our faith in Jesus we are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus;
“ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. “ 2 Corinthians 5:17
“ For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. “ Galatians 6:15
This is what Paul meant in the verse of our study;
“ that we should serve in newness of spirit,“
While being a new person created in Jesus because of our faith in Him, we can confess our sins unto Him and He is faithful to forgive us our sins;
“ But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, nd his word is not in us. “ 1 John 1:7-10
We are no longer under the condemnation of the Law;
“ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. “ Romans 8:1
I will continue with verse 7 in the next study.
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