Romans 7:4-7 Teaches We Are No Longer Under The Old Law, Ten Commandments, Sabbath

Romans 7:4-7 reads, Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead …But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

The preceding lesson from verse 2-4 is that Christians cannot be married to the old law and Christ at the same time. In other words, since we are obligated to keep Jesus’ New Testament law, we are not obligated to keep the Old Testament law.

Specifically, verse 4 says “ye also are become dead to the law,” verse 6 says “we are delivered from the law,” and verse 7 says “I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

The Greek word translated “dead” here means “to be liberated from the bond of anything … Romans 7:4” (Thayer, #2289).

The Greek word translated “delivered” here means to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from, … Romans 7:6 (Thayer, #2673).

Conclusion: We are dead to and delivered from the law that includes the commandment, “Thou shalt not covet,” which is one of the 10 commandments. So Christians are liberated from, discharged from, loosed from, not under the 10 commandments, including the Sabbath.

Romans 7:1 – since we are dead to the law, it no longer has dominion over us.

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