As Paul continues his detailed defense of the Gospel of Grace, he appeals to his listeners’ knowledge of the Law to illustrate the new realities of life after the cross and resurrection. Death, he says has freed us from the power of the Law, enabling us to live a life with an abundant harvest of good deeds for God.The law, says Paul, only applies while a person is living. For example, if a woman’s husband dies, she is free from the law of marriage, free to remarry without committing adultery. As ironclad as the law of marriage was within the law of Moses, its reach ended in any marriage when one of the spouses died. The remaining spouse was free to marry another, to start a completely new life.

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point. You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now, you are united with the One Who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.” Romans 7:4 NLT.

The death of Christ on the cross was complete, and, in Him, our death was complete. We died, not only to sin and its power, but also to the Law and its power. Using Paul’s marriage analogy, our marriage to the Law was a failed marriage. Indeed, as Paul had already stated, the purpose of the Law was to show up our sin, our failure to meet God’s standard. The death of Christ has freed us from the reach of the Law as completely as the death of a husband frees a woman from the law of marriage. And just as important, the resurrection of Christ has provided us with a new start, the desire and the power to live a completely new life, pleasing to God, bountiful in the good works he has ordained for us.

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