“Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.” Romans 7:1-3
Paul continues to write about the law. The reason for this is that Paul was writing to the Jews that had been converted to Christianity. They were trained the same as Paul in that the law was the way to heaven. Paul wants the people to understand what happened when Jesus came and died for their sins. He wants people to understand that the law was good but we don’t need the law anymore, because we now have Jesus that is living in our hearts and He will direct our walk with Him. Jesus and the Holy Spirit will convict us of the things that we are doing wrong. Paul makes the point that death ends all obligations and contracts. A wife is no longer bound to her husband if he dies because death ends that contract. Our death with Jesus sets us free from the law. Our motivation and dynamic of our life does not come from the law, it comes from God’s grace through our union with Christ. The law did not die, because God’s law still rules over people. We died to the law, and it no longer has dominion over us. But we are not lawless; we are united to Christ, sharing His life, and walking in newness of life. In my life when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I did not need the law, because I was dead to my old life and alive in Jesus Christ. I only wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes so that I would please my new best friend, Jesus Christ.