Why You Are Already Dead…

“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.” [Romans 7:4]

Paul uses the analogy of the marriage contract. In marriage we are to be faithful until death; in fact, it is stated in the marriage vows “until death do us part.” But, today divorce is rampant because we have forgotten this vow Remember Eccl 5:4-5 “when you make a vow, do not delay in paying it for God takes no pleasure in fools: pay what you vow!”  The opposite of being faithful is being an adulteress as Paul uses it here.

Many walk the aisle to say we will be faithful but when life goes awry we step into the divorce court only to be followed by walking the aisle again to marry and repeat that vow. God calls it plain and simple: adultery. We have become unfaithful to the one to whom we vowed the first time. The only release from this vow is the death of the one to whom you vowed these words: “until death do us part.”

In like manner, Paul is saying we are wed/married to the Law and it is lord over us.  Therefore one of us must die to be free. We must die to the Law so we can be joined to Christ who is our new husband.

And why should we want to be dead to the Law? So we can bear fruit to God. May our fruit plate be filled with the Fruit of the Spirit and the character qualities from 1 Peter 3:8 “harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble.”

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