Summary: How To Reckon Yourself As Dead to the Law and United to Christ (Rom. 7:1-6)
How To Reckon Yourself As Dead to the Law and United to Christ (Rom. 7:1-6)
Illustration;Sometimes we as Christians need to stop along life’s road and look back. Although it might have been winding and steep, we can see how God directed us by His faithfulness. Here’s how F.E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back:
The deliverances the Lord has wrought (Deut. 5:15).
The way He has led (Deut. 8:2)
The blessings He has bestowed (Deut. 32:7-12).
The victories He has won (Deut. ll:2-7).
The encouragements He has given (Josh. 23:14).
When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God’s past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.
1. Have you ever wondered what it means to be dead to the law and married to Christ? Sadly, many people continue to live as if they are they are still married to the law.
Their lives are characterized by discouragement, frustration and feelings of failure.
Many Christians try to be good, but they never seem to be good enough because they live as if they were still bound to the law instead of Christ’s grace.
Paul teaches us in this passage how we have been discharged from the law. Those of us who are married to Christ are no longer obligated to be restricted by the power of the law with its tendency toward legalism, proceduralism and perfectionism.
Ask the Lord to help you learn to live as if you have dissolved your former union with the law and are now completely committed to your new marriage partner – Christ.
2. Paul teaches us how we have transferred from a relationship that never makes one happy to one that always satisfies.
When a person is married to a demanding partner nothing we do ever seems to make them happy.
Nothing ever seems to be good enough when you are married to a perfect standard – the law. Nothing is ever clean enough.
Nothing is ever sufficient or adequate to satisfy its demands.
It is terrible to be constantly under the scrutiny of a marriage partner who is critical, picky and right all the time – the law.
Yet, when we died to the law, in Christ, we were made free and found our new marriage partner in the loving Lord Jesus.
Ask the Lord to help you live more as one who has dissolved all obligations to the law freeing you to give your complete commitment to loving and serving Jesus.
3. Paul teaches us that we have traded a loser (the law) for a winner (Christ Jesus).
The Lord Jesus is always loving, forgiving, encouraging and accepting of us.
Even when we disappoint our new marriage partner, Jesus is ready to restore our fellowship so we can grow in all aspects in Him.
It is the greatest security in the world to know that you do not have to walk on pins and needles around your new partner.
He will never leave you or forsake you emotionally, socially, mentally, or spiritually. His love is unconditional.
Thank the Lord for the blessings of having traded a relationship with a loser for a consistent winner.