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
For as long as I can remember, many religious folks have been upset about the removal of the Ten Commandments from schools and public buildings. Yet, we do not live under the Ten Commandments today.
When Christ died, His covenant went into effect. We now live under this new covenant, revealed by inspiration in what we call the New Testament. The Old Testament is useful to learn principles about how God deals with man, and how man can properly respond to God. But we are no longer under the Law of Moses now that Christ’s covenant has gone into effect.
It is true that nine of the ten commands have been repeated in Jesus’ new covenant. We obey those commands because Christ has commanded them, not Moses. To go back to the Law of Moses is to make Christ’s blood of no effect.
We live under a better covenant. We have a better Law, a better Lawgiver, and a better High Priest. Why should we desire to go back to the “handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us” when “He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”? (Colossians 2:14)
Rather than fight and fuss about the Ten Commandments in schools, let’s teach and try to get Christ’s Law in more hearts.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into _______________ Jesus were baptized into His _______________?
Pray that more will recognize the difference between the Old and New Testaments, and that Christ’s gospel will have an effect on more hearts.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)