God’s Grace in Romans – Free from the Law, Married to Grace
We saw from our last discussion that the wages of sin is death, hence, we died with Christ, our old nature crucified, and now we have received the eternal life of God as a free gift.
Then the apostle continues;
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? Romans 7:1
After establishing very well from the previous chapter that the only way into the new life is through the death of the old man, and that now that we have the new man, we should walk in the newness of life (Rom 6:4 ‘the grace life’); he now begins to give a natural analogy using marriage.
The marriage covenant was established by God to be binding until a partner dies. The vow is intended by God to last until death, as long as the covenant party is alive; the law of marriage is binding.
As long as we were alive in the flesh, the sinful nature had dominion over us, and we were in bondage to it and the law; for the law was made for the sinful nature and not for the new man “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man…” (1Timothy 1:9)
And so we hear;
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. Romans 7:2
The only way for us to come out was for the old man to be crucified with Christ, where we would be set free from the bondage of the law.
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Romans 7:3
The above verse explains it clearly, a woman is not supposed to have two husbands; even so, it is impossible for the Christian to have dual natures. To be born again means that the old nature is dead and the tyranny of the law also broken.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:4
Through our crucifixion with Christ, or death by the body of Christ, we are today joined unto the Lord and have become one spirit (1Cor. 6:17). And right from our new spirits life flows in service to God; we are no longer governed by a set of rules but we are led by the Spirit.
To be born again and going back to serve God through the law, or going back to earn a husband we are already married to is called spiritual adultery. If we are saved, then we are free from the old man and the bondage of the law.
Without this knowledge the believer is bound to be schizophrenic; meaning that even though saved, we would still be acting as slaves of sin, for ‘as a man thinks, so is he.’(Prov. 23:7).
Blessed father, by your finished work I am today married to Jesus. Free from the nature of sin to the nature of righteousness. Free from the bondage of the law to the liberty of the sons of God.
I live the life of grace, walking boldly in my inheritance in Christ; walking boldly in the righteousness of God, manifesting divine health, wealth and absolute peace. Hallelujah!
In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “In the same place where you have been forsaken, in this same place where things looked like they were all against you, I have caused all grace to abound unto you here.
I have made you an eternal excellency, I have opened doors of favour over you and there is a divine wealth transfer coming upon you in this season.
Keep the seed dear child, hold on to the word, and do not worry about how the promise is going to come, only keep the word; for my word is by himself producing the harvest.”
Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Isaiah 60:15
Blessings in Christ;
Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.