Released From the Law, Bound to Christ
7Â Do you not know, brothers and sistersâ€”for I am speaking to those who know the lawâ€”that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2Â For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3Â So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
4Â So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5Â For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6Â But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
The Law and Sin
7Â What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, â€œYou shall not covet.â€ 8Â But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9Â Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10Â I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11Â For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12Â So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13Â Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14Â We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15Â I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16Â And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.17Â As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18Â For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19Â For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to doâ€”this I keep on doing. 20Â Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21Â So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22Â For in my inner being I delight in Godâ€™s law;23Â but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.24Â What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25Â Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to Godâ€™s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law,because these are unprofitable and useless.10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.11 You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.((Emphasis by Author))
12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need.14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. 15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
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