DEATH TO THE LAW
Or do you not know, brothers ~ for I am speaking to those who know the law ~ that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? You have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. Romans 7:1,4
Each person has been born under the burden of moral law. I have a conscience. I know when I’ve sinned. Embarrassed, I hide my sins and failures. I know that I’m deeply flawed, evidenced by my early discomfort around God. This moral code is binding. The bar is set so high that there is no way I can possibly live up to it. Nevertheless, I tried. I hid my sins and flaunted self-righteous attempts to look good to others and God. It didn’t work.
What does it mean for me to ‘die to the law through the body of Christ’? It is to throw up my hands and abandon striving. It is to admit that there is NO way I can be a law-keeper in order to make God happy. I wrap my arms around the reality of a Savior who died so that He could pay my debt to the law and take my death sentence. I die, with Christ. The law is behind me. I arise from the dead, with Christ, to another way of life.
On the other side of the tomb is a whole new existence. I am no longer under the condemnation of moral failure. Once, my good deeds were simply good behavior to make God happy. Now, my good deeds are the result of the Spirit of God birthing righteousness in my heart. Christianity is not behavior modification. It is Spirit-enabled righteousness that begins in my spiritual womb.
I am pregnant today with much fruit. The Spirit lives in me and is generating works of righteousness that will glorify God. What I do now, through the power of the Spirit, I could never have done under the law. I used to be an angry performer of works. Today, I am to be a spring of Living Water from whom righteousness flows like gushing fountain.
Is all my striving a thing of the past? If not, then I have not fully applied the freedom that Your death and resurrection offers. Take this home to every place in my heart. Amen