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Romans 7 - NIV

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

1 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives?

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.

6 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


a. Romans 7:5 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

Sermons on Romans 7 More sermons: Romans 7

Shawn Drake avatar
Fighting Yourself
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Mar, 2015
Summary: This is the 11th sermon in the series "The Cure". This sermon looks at the struggles of a Christian.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,400
Gordon Brownlee avatar
The Purpose Driven Death
Shared by: Gordon Brownlee on Nov, 2014
Summary: There is one pivotal event that all believers look to which define them as Christian. That event is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. But surprisingly Jesus wasn't the only one that died that day. Gal.2:20
Kyle Sullivan avatar
Freedom from the Law.
Shared by: Kyle Sullivan on Nov, 2014
Summary: What is the Law and how to be Free from it!
Scripture: Romans 7:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 547
David Dykes avatar
When a Second Marriage is Better
Shared by: David Dykes on Oct, 2014
Summary: What’s the difference between living under law and living released from law in a relationship with Jesus? I obey the law of God not because I’m afraid, but because I love Jesus. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Series: Romans
Jimmy Haile avatar
Mr. Perfect
Shared by: Jimmy Haile on Jan, 2014
Summary: And there is something bad about living with someone who is perfect, who never makes a mistake, it wears on you, and your relationship and your life.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 7:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 582
Ronnie Miller avatar
Constant battle but, everlasting victory!
Shared by: Ronnie Miller on Jan, 2014
Summary: We all were identified with Adam and Eve. It’s because of the sinful nature of Adam and Eve we were identified with them. We were married to their nature so to speak. But, now we have Christ and we have a new identity.
David Leach avatar
We Christians are under law or under Christ or we are in rebellion.
Shared by: David Leach on Jan, 2014
Summary: What is the difference between seeing God’s words as Law and seeing them as Grace?
Scripture: Romans 7:6
Views: 180
Scott Chambers avatar
There is Still a Struggle
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Oct, 2013
Summary: This is the third message from a series over Romans 6-11. This series examines the new live we have under God's grace. This message examines the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-24
Views: 693
Rick Burdette avatar
Why Do We Still Struggle With Sin
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Mar, 2013
Summary: Death, Sin, Rescue, Victory
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Views: 633
Rick Boyne avatar
Dead to Sin – Alive in Jesus
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Feb, 2013
Summary: We must remember that once we are in Jesus, we are dead to sin and alive in Him!
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 343
John Lowe avatar
What the Bible Says About the Three Stages of Man
Shared by: John Lowe on Jun, 2012
Summary: In Romans 7, Paul describes man as being either a natural man, a carnal man, or a spiritual man. All of us fit into one of those categories. At one time or another each of us may have lived as a natural man or woman, a carnal man or woman or a spiritual
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,897
Kelly Benton avatar
When God Doesn’t Make Sense
Shared by: Kelly Benton on Mar, 2012
Summary: There are some Biblical realities that we need to come to grips that will help us answer the question of where is God when life hurts?
based on 29 ratings
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 12,979
Bobby Stults avatar
Dead to the Law
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Mar, 2012
Summary: Paul teaches that we are dead to the law and that are free to serve our new master, Jesus Christ...
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 805
Davon Huss avatar
Give Me the Hammer
Shared by: Davon Huss on Nov, 2011
Summary: A sermon on grace and sin based off of Romans 6:15-7:6. (Material adapted by a sermon from Dr. Jack Cottrell)
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 6:15-7:6
Views: 506
Ronnie Miller avatar
Romans Chapter 7:1-23 (Lesson)
Shared by: Ronnie Miller on Oct, 2011
Summary: Sin is like trying to live with a straight jacket on but, we are set free because we now have a new relationship ...but, before we can be really free from our first nature...it must be dead..we must accept our new from Christ. Lay the old to rest to be re
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,577
Mark Opperman avatar
Belonging to Another
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Aug, 2011
Summary: We can try to live by a code of rules or we can live by a relationship. We could put it this way: True release comes from a relationship with Jesus, not from rules.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-13
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 762
Scott Kircher avatar
The Christian and the Law
Shared by: Scott Kircher on Jul, 2011
Summary: In Romans 6, Paul dealt with those who think they can do whatever they want now, even live sinfully. Now Paul turns to those who think they need to follow “the rules” in order to be a Christian. What we find is that our only hope for living is a relatio
based on 17 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Views: 2,109
Martin Wiles avatar
Grace And The Law
Shared by: Martin Wiles on Apr, 2011
Summary: God sent Christ to fulfill the law, and he now allows us to satisfy it through our identification with him.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 401
T.J. Conwell avatar
Romans, Part 20
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on Feb, 2011
Summary: Romans 7 gives us a unique insight into human beings. Using very simple terms such as marriage, Paul addresses the fact that our loyalty must be to Christ, for nothing else lasts forever.
Series: Romans
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 224
Jeff Strite avatar
Thanks Be To God!
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Nov, 2010
Summary: As I researched this sermon, I discovered a powerful message in Paul’s thanksgiving that was both simple and profound. What it taught me has changed my entire view of how to give thanks.
Paul Clemente avatar
Slaves To Righteousness
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Aug, 2010
Summary: If we choose sin to be the master of our lives, we will produce dead fruit; but if we choose Jesus Christ the master of our lives, we will bear godly fruit (beauty, nourishment, pleasure, and expansion of God’s Kingdom)!
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Romans 6:14-7:6
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,658
John Shearhart avatar
Romans 7:1-6
Shared by: John Shearhart on Aug, 2010
Summary: Dead to law=dead to sin
Series: Romans
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,049
Patrick Nix avatar
Is Legalism a Bad Word?
Shared by: Patrick Nix on Jul, 2010
Summary: This message deals with the fact that God’s law (from Moses to Christ) is good and that its continued presence in church and culture is right, not wrong.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 268
jesse roncales avatar
Why the Old Testament Law Cannot Save a Person?
Shared by: jesse roncales on Mar, 2010
Summary: The Law of Moses, no matter how good, holy, and righteous, cannot bring salvation to anyone!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 7:1-13
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,275
Andrew Farley avatar
Revelation of the New Self
Shared by: Andrew Farley on Sep, 2009
Summary: The third in a series of messages on the complete sufficiency of the Gospel.
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Views: 4,918
Tom Fuller avatar
The Battle of the Flesh
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Mar, 2009
Summary: One of the most underrated struggles we have as Christians is that between the Spirit of God in us and the flesh trying to pull us back into ways that are not like God. If you experience that dissonance between what you want to be like and what you are li
Series: Romans
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 802
Ed Taylor avatar
Dead to the Law and Forever Alive in Christ!
Shared by: Ed Taylor on Dec, 2008
Summary: Even thought we can’t ever be justified by the law, our faith justifies that the law is from God!
Series: Romans
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Views: 387
William D. Brown avatar
Shared by: William D. Brown on Nov, 2008
Summary: we that have been saved by the grace of God find our selves many times having problems with this old flesh, and it seems that very often we find our selves yielding to the old nature knowing that it is not what we ought to be doing.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:1-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,215
David Baeder avatar
The Law's Binding Power
Shared by: David Baeder on Nov, 2008
Summary: This is the third of a series of sermons based on scriptures where a rhetorical question beginning with the phrase "Do you not know. . ." is asked. This sermon deals with the rhetorical question asked in Romans 7:1. "Or do you not know, brothers—for I am
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Views: 447
Kelvin Parks avatar
The Struggle
Shared by: Kelvin Parks on Aug, 2008
Summary: You know the things that I should do, I don’t do, and the things that I don’t have any business doing, well, ok ... that is what I do.
based on 82 ratings
Scripture: Romans 7:14-5
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 22,729