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Romans 7:01 - Ignorant and Bound Bookmark

The Christian, or, to say better, the believer, has part in Christ as a Christ who has died, and lives to God, Christ being raised from the dead through Him.  What is the force of this truth with regard to the law (for the law has only power over a man so long as he lives)?  Being then dead, it has no longer any hold upon him.  This is our position with regard to the law.  Does that weaken its authority? No. For we say that Christ has died, and so have we therefore; but the law no longer applies to one that is dead. (Dr. John Darby)
The apostle shows how by death the Christian is freed from the law, which, good as it is in itself and in the divine intention, nevertheless, owing to the corruption of man’s nature, instead of helping to make him good, perpetually stimulates sin. (Denny as quoted in Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader)

Released (7:1–3).  A spouse is no longer bound by the law of marriage to a partner who has died.  Death freed him or her from that law.  Similarly the death of Christ, which we shared in our union with Him, frees us from all legal obligations to God’s Law.  (The Bible readers companion)
Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? (NASB)
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? (KJV)
Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don't you know that the law applies only while a person is living? (NLT)
Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law is lord over a person as long as he lives? (NET)

Coming to Christ is not the toughest part of the journey we face.  Following Christ is the road less travelled and most maligned.  The world is a graveyard of lost ships who have professed their faith only to crash upon the rocks.  If Jesus is the way the truth and the life, it would beg to question why the ditch at the side of the road remains so full.  Woefully, the saddest epitaph is that the Road in question is Christ Himself.  It is the deception of the flesh and its song sung well by the chief of deceivers that brings each one of us to this ditch at one time or another.  It is only the tenacious love of the Savior that brings us back to the road.  So complete is the deception that draws us into the ditch, that those with whom we travel are not always able to turn us from this plight.  In the Lord's economy, a believer may travel thousands of miles to encourage someone who is in the very midst of the saints.  I do not mean this to be a pejorative slight at those who are still traveling on the road but rather to illuminate the wiles of the enemy and how easily all of us are deceived.  It is not that I would give glory to the one who travelled far for it is the Lord who brought him as well.

For the past month we have looked at how were are by natures slaves to sin.  However, in union with Christ Jesus we have been transformed by this union into slave of Christ and His righteousness.  Today we begin a sojourn in the study of our relationship with the law.  Perhaps said with more literary penash, "the Tale of Two Husbands."  Both are perfect and holy however, the first is not very helpful ("gives me neither feet nor hands").  The second, though, is helpful in every way but I cannot be the wife of two husbands.  If it were me, I would have done away with the first husband.  However, Christ chose to do away with the wife.  Since I am dead in Christ, I am no longer obligated to the Law but to Christ!  The law's ability to show the true nature of my fallen estate is slaked in Jesus and this wondrous union He created for me to walk within.

The chapter starts out proclaiming our ignorance (?γνοε?τε - from G50 ?γνο?ω) a word equated with heathenism (Josephus, Antiquities) and in general the opposite of wisdom.  A more stark way of putting it would be "ignorant brothers I am speaking to you who have come to a complete understanding of the law."  We have ignorance because we ignore! We can begin to see our plight here in that we were ignorant to our complete deliverance from the law that kept us chained to our fallen nature while at the same time being cognizant of its just authority to do so but bound only so long as we live.  Did the law weaken to facilitate our escape? No! We died!

Rom 7:1 The apostle continues the comparison between the former and the present state of a believer, and at the same time endeavors to wean the Jewish believers from their fondness for the Mosaic law.  I speak to them that know the law - To the Jews chiefly here.  As long - So long, and no longer.  As it liveth - The law is here spoken of, by a common figure, as a person, to which, as to an husband, life and death are ascribed.  But he speaks indifferently of the law being dead to us, or we to it, the sense being the same. (John Wesley)
We are delivered from the law.  What is meant by this?  And how is it an argument why sin should not reign over us, and why we should walk in newness of life?  We are delivered from the power of the law which curses and condemns us for the sin committed by us.  The sentence of the law against us is vacated and reversed, by the death of Christ, to all true believers.  The law saith, The soul that sins shall die; but we are delivered from the law. The Lord has taken away thy sin, thou shalt not die.  We are redeemed from the curse of the law, Gal 3:13. (Mathew Henry)
The Christian, or, to say better, the believer, has part in Christ as a Christ who has died, and lives to God, Christ being raised from the dead through Him.  What is the force of this truth with regard to the law (for the law has only power over a man so long as he lives)?  Being then dead, it has no longer any hold upon him.  This is our position with regard to the law.  Does that weaken its authority? No. For we say that Christ has died, and so have we therefore; but the law no longer applies to one that is dead. (Dr. John Darby)
The apostle shows how by death the Christian is freed from the law, which, good as it is in itself and in the divine intention, nevertheless, owing to the corruption of man’s nature, instead of helping to make him good, perpetually stimulates sin. (Denny as quoted in Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader)

Released (7:1–3).  A spouse is no longer bound by the law of marriage to a partner who has died.  Death freed him or her from that law.  Similarly the death of Christ, which we shared in our union with Him, frees us from all legal obligations to God’s Law.  (The Bible readers companion)
Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? (NASB)
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? (KJV)
Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don't you know that the law applies only while a person is living? (NLT)
Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law is lord over a person as long as he lives? (NET)

Coming to Christ is not the toughest part of the journey we face.  Following Christ is the road less travelled and most maligned.  The world is a graveyard of lost ships who have professed their faith only to crash upon the rocks.  If Jesus is the way the truth and the life, it would beg to question why the ditch at the side of the road remains so full.  Woefully, the saddest epitaph is that the Road in question is Christ Himself.  It is the deception of the flesh and its song sung well by the chief of deceivers that brings each one of us to this ditch at one time or another.  It is only the tenacious love of the Savior that brings us back to the road.  So complete is the deception that draws us into the ditch, that those with whom we travel are not always able to turn us from this plight.  In the Lord's economy, a believer may travel thousands of miles to encourage someone who is in the very midst of the saints.  I do not mean this to be a pejorative slight at those who are still traveling on the road but rather to illuminate the wiles of the enemy and how easily all of us are deceived.  It is not that I would give glory to the one who travelled far for it is the Lord who brought him as well.

For the past month we have looked at how were are by natures slaves to sin.  However, in union with Christ Jesus we have been transformed by this union into slave of Christ and His righteousness.  Today we begin a sojourn in the study of our relationship with the law.  Perhaps said with more literary penash, "the Tale of Two Husbands."  Both are perfect and holy however, the first is not very helpful ("gives me neither feet nor hands").  The second, though, is helpful in every way but I cannot be the wife of two husbands.  If it were me, I would have done away with the first husband.  However, Christ chose to do away with the wife.  Since I am dead in Christ, I am no longer obligated to the Law but to Christ!  The law's ability to show the true nature of my fallen estate is slaked in Jesus and this wondrous union He created for me to walk within.

The chapter starts out proclaiming our ignorance (?γνοε?τε - from G50 ?γνο?ω) a word equated with heathenism (Josephus, Antiquities) and in general the opposite of wisdom.  A more stark way of putting it would be "ignorant brothers I am speaking to you who have come to a complete understanding of the law."  We have ignorance because we ignore! We can begin to see our plight here in that we were ignorant to our complete deliverance from the law that kept us chained to our fallen nature while at the same time being cognizant of its just authority to do so but bound only so long as we live.  Did the law weaken to facilitate our escape? No! We died!

Rom 7:1 The apostle continues the comparison between the former and the present state of a believer, and at the same time endeavors to wean the Jewish believers from their fondness for the Mosaic law.  I speak to them that know the law - To the Jews chiefly here.  As long - So long, and no longer.  As it liveth - The law is here spoken of, by a common figure, as a person, to which, as to an husband, life and death are ascribed.  But he speaks indifferently of the law being dead to us, or we to it, the sense being the same. (John Wesley)
We are delivered from the law.  What is meant by this?  And how is it an argument why sin should not reign over us, and why we should walk in newness of life?  We are delivered from the power of the law which curses and condemns us for the sin committed by us.  The sentence of the law against us is vacated and reversed, by the death of Christ, to all true believers.  The law saith, The soul that sins shall die; but we are delivered from the law. The Lord has taken away thy sin, thou shalt not die.  We are redeemed from the curse of the law, Gal 3:13. (Mathew Henry)


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