Dominion of the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Dominion of the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Romans 7:1-6

I. Dominion of the law (7:1)

    A. Law is imposed on living men—not dead men
    B. “The law” in this context is not civil law but the Law of Moses

II. The illustration: marriage (7:2-3)

    A. This is not an in-depth discussion of marriage, or of divorce and remarriage (Matthew 19:1-9)
    B. The “husband” represents the law under which one lives
    C. The “woman” represents us as adherents to the law

III. The conclusion (7:4)

    A. The Law of Moses was fulfilled by Christ and nailed to His cross (Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:14-16)
    B. We are no longer married to the rules and regulations of the dead Old Covenant, but to the New Covenant established by Christ!
    C. Thus, “we should bear fruit to God” (John 15:8; Galatians 5:22-23)

IV. The contrast: old vs. new (7:5-6)

    A. The Law of Moses made man aware of sin (Hebrews 10:1-4)
    B. The new covenant of Christ gives us the opportunity to live under His saving grace—not ignoring His commands

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