Am I obligated to the law?

Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4)

The previous chapter of Romans says you died with Christ (Romans 6:8). The Law did not die, you died. Which means you are not under the law any more but grace (Romans 6:14).

Just as a marriage ends when one party dies, your obligation to Mr Law is history.

“So that you might be joined to another.” Jesus came to win you to himself. Your relationship with Mr Law came to an end so that you might be joined to Mr Grace.

Mr Law was a merciless and judgmental husband, always criticizing and never helping. How much better is Mr Grace.

Whatever he asks, he supplies.

Whatever he requires, he does.

Unlike the heavy yoke of Mr Law, any burdens placed on you by Mr Grace are easy and light. Mr Law ministered death, but Mr Grace gives life and in abundance.

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By Paul Ellis

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