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Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Freed from the Law
Romans 7:1-6
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
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Published March 19th, 2017; Updated March 20th, 2017
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Brethren, in Christ we have become dead to the law and are alive to bear fruit to God.
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Romans 7:1-6
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Or do you not know, brethren
Ἢ ἀγνοεῖτε, ἀδελφοί,
(for I speak to those who know the law ),
γινώσκουσιν γὰρ νόμον λαλῶ,
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that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
ὅτι ὁ νόμος κυριεύει τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐφʼ ὅσον χρόνον ζῇ;
For * the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives.
ἡ γὰρ ὕπανδρος γυνὴ τῷ ζῶντι ἀνδρὶ δέδεται νόμῳ•
But if the husband dies,
ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ ὁ ἀνήρ,
she is released from the law of her husband.
κατήργηται ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου τοῦ ἀνδρός.
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So then * if, while her husband lives, she marries another man,
ἄρα οὖν ζῶντος τοῦ ἀνδρὸς
she will be called an adulteress;
μοιχαλὶς χρηματίσει ἐὰν γένηται ἀνδρὶ ἑτέρῳ•
but if her husband dies,
ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ ὁ ἀνήρ,
she is free from that law ,
ἐλευθέρα ἐστὶν ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου,
so that she is no adulteress,
τοῦ μὴ εἶναι αὐτὴν μοιχαλίδα
though she has married another man.
γενομένην ἀνδρὶ ἑτέρῳ.
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Therefore, my brethren, you also have become * dead to the law
ὥστε, ἀδελφοί μου, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἐθανατώθητε τῷ νόμῳ
through the body of Christ,
διὰ τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ,
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that you may be married to another—
εἰς τὸ γενέσθαι ὑμᾶς ἑτέρῳ,
to Him who was raised from the dead,
τῷ ἐκ νεκρῶν ἐγερθέντι,
that we should * bear fruit to God.
ἵνα καρποφορήσωμεν τῷ θεῷ.
For when we were in the flesh,
ὅτε γὰρ ἦμεν ἐν τῇ σαρκί,
the sinful passions which were aroused by the law * were at work in our members
τὰ παθήματα τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν τὰ διὰ τοῦ νόμου ἐνηργεῖτο ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ἡμῶν,
* to bear fruit to death.
εἰς τὸ καρποφορῆσαι τῷ θανάτῳ•
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But now we have been delivered from the law ,
νυνὶ δὲ κατηργήθημεν ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου
having died to what we were held by,
ἀποθανόντες ἐν ᾧ κατειχόμεθα,
so that we should serve * in the newness of the Spirit
ὥστε δουλεύειν ἡμᾶς ἐν καινότητι πνεύματος
and not in the oldness of the letter .
καὶ οὐ παλαιότητι γράμματος.
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How was the law at work in our members?
Sinful passion's purpose is to bear fruit to death.
Paul's explanation of how the law works.
Rm 6:11 instructs to consider ourselves dead to sin . (Imperative - simple present) Here in Rm 7:4 Paul informs that we have become dead to the law . (Declarative - Present Perfect)
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Introduction How can a dead person keep the speed limit? He can't, because he is dead and therefore freed from the rule of that law. But someone alive is bound by the law to stay within speed limit. This truth is basic for understanding the believers unity with Christ. The believer died to sin and its serious legal consequences, to be brought to life in the perfection of Christ's resurrection. Now in Christ, the believer is free to live out (3:31) the law which Christ already fulfilled for us. 7:1 Paul lays the bases on a very easy truth of which the Jew knows already: The law rules only over the living, but has no power over the dead. 7:2-3 How does Paul illustrate the truth of the laws rule over the living only? He uses marriage as an example. In our western culture it sadly needs clarification because we've morally sank far from the biblical teaching of marriage. God's design of marriage is to be between a man and a woman only. Sex is enjoyed within the marriage bound only. And singleness is lived in abstinence. Now Paul explains that a married woman is called an adulteresses if she has sex with a man who is not her husband. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry and enjoy the privileges of marriage within the new marriage without being an adulteress. I struggle to see the parallels of what Paul is teaching. I probably lack some insight. As far as my understanding goes, Paul is saying that the first husband is sin. The second husband is Christ. We are free to be married to Christ only if our marriage to sin ended through death. We died in Christ's death for our sin to be set free to marry Him. 7:4 Paul continues with an inference at this point: Someone who is in union with the Lord, has become dead to the law and is engaged to the resurrected Christ. To see marriage to the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ as purpose (not result) was somewhat disappointing. But the preposition in verse 4c - " that ...may" suggests a denoting entrance into, or direction. Thinking back though (Verses 4a - 4b), what it means to have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, takes my disappointment away. Justification is granted by Christ's sacrificial death (Rm 3:21-26). And since God is the one who justifies us ungodly and wicked sinners by Christ's blood, the righteousness of God may be ours through faith in Him. With justification, God has legally granted us to be in marriage union with Christ. We are engaged, waiting to enter the fullness of marriage with Him when we will see Him face to face. Amazing! Death may come now. Death will only reveal more of Christ and His wonderful beauties, power and riches. 7:5-6 Now, Paul explains the inference. He explains the deadly function of the law because of sin, and the need to become dead to it. Alternatively, he presents those who have been delivered from the law and serve in the newness of the Spirit. What does in the flesh mean? The expression in 5a: in the flesh is a legal state, just as being married to sin. How were sinful passions aroused by the law? How did they bear fruit? Being in the flesh is a condition of death, in which sinful (selfish) passions, which were aroused by the law, were working in our physical body parts. So even though we knew by the standard of the law of what was right, our rebellious passions led us to wrong thoughts, motives, and acts which added to our brokenness in our condition of death. Why did we need to be delivered from the law? Because it held us back to serve God in the Spirit What does in the newness of the Spirit mean? It is a legal state, just as being married to Christ. We've become dead to our old legal bond to sin and were freed to enter in a new bond with Christ. Christ's death and resurrection, the marriage analogy and what its purpose is Meditation and application: One of the purposes of marriage is to intimately know and be known by the partner. This happens, among other things, by spending time with each other. They learn how to love each other. This is no guarantee for a married couple though, because the legal bound of marriage has to be lived out day by day. A partner who withdraws himself does not live out the purpose of marriage. Likewise with our engagement to Christ. A person that will be soon married, seeks eagerly to spend time with Him. Christ loves us perfectly, which motivates us to grow in our love for Him. We learn what He dislikes (and kills us) and put it away through the help of the Spirit, and also learn what He likes and develop a taste and do those things. This is what it means to bear fruit to God, i.e. by getting to know the Lord Jesus Christ (especially His amazing love in knowing what is true of us because of Him) and letting our character grow into His likeness. This is how we are living out our granted identity in Christ.
Comments
Sarah Hubert
Hey Christian, just an interesting thought that your post reminded me of. When you mentioned that the Jews understand this idea that when you die you are released from the law. Here when someone dies, particularly a Jewish person, people don't say they "Met" מת, that is died, rather they say that the person "Niftar" נפטר, meaning "released", the idea being, they are released from the Torah. Unfortunately it's just lingo now, I don't think people actually think about what they are saying, but it's there, nonetheless.
Christian Giesbrecht
That is interesting. Thanks for sharing that with me.
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