Bible: Romans 7:1-12

The Believer’s Relationship to the Law

7:1 Or do you not know, brothers and sisters 1  (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law is lord over a person 2  as long as he lives? 7:2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives, but if her 3  husband dies, she is released from the law of the marriage. 4  7:3 So then, 5  if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress. But if her 6  husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she is joined to another man, she is not an adulteress. 7:4 So, my brothers and sisters, 7  you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God. 8  7:5 For when we were in the flesh, 9  the sinful desires, 10  aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body 11  to bear fruit for death. 7:6 But now we have been released from the law, because we have died 12  to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code. 13 

7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I 14  would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else 15  if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” 16  7:8 But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. 17  For apart from the law, sin is dead. 7:9 And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive 7:10 and I died. So 18  I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! 19  7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. 20  7:12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.

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