4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,evento him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. God’s children became dead to the law by the body of Christ. There was a time when even the elect were under the law, and liable to its curse and condemnation. They were not justified from eternity, but in time. God purposed to justify them from eternity, but “in the fullness of time God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, that He might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons,” Galatians 4:4,5. Here we clearly learn that the LORD’s children became dead to the law by the body of Christ. Not by decree alone, nor by passing over our guilt and sin, but in the body of Christ, God became flesh, and worked out a perfect salvation, by His life of righteous obedience, and His sacrificial death. So complete then was that work, that He was raised from the dead, having once for all justified (acquitted) each of His elect forever. No longer are they then under the law as to condition or curse, they have been married to another, that is Christ. Here again, we see that although “in Christ” from eternity as to God’s purpose and will, yet, in time “married to Him,” reconciled and united upon completion of His death. His resurrection is proof that God had approved His work, and because of being united to Him in grace, and as their Substitute, then ONE with Him forever. There is therefore now NO condemnation, Romans 8:1. The fruit they bring forth to God is the life that He gives every elect, redeemed sinner by His Spirit, to live for His glory, and in faith to Him, putting NO confidence in the flesh, nor in any way under obligation to the Law .
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. Here ‘In the flesh’, as opposed to being in the Spirit (Romans 7:8) refers to being in a natural state, before conversion, thinking our obedience to the law brought peace. However, it was just the opposite. Those attempts only brought a sense of guilt and condemnation, and are a death sentence to any who think they can stop sinning. The Law can never acquit of sin, only condemn it.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and notinthe oldness of the letter. Because Christ came and fulfilled the Law FOR His people, they live in the freedom and joy of serving Christ, not out of obligation, but by His Spirit of grace, not by duties and obligations, but by redeeming grace alone (Philippians 3:3).
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Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.There are those who only want to pacify sinners and make them feel better about who they are and their relationship with God. They say, ‘Peace, peace’ where there has...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
John 6:39-47 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Many people read and study the scriptures, memorize them, and discuss them because they believe in so doing they show that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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Promised in Christ. Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
God Decides All Matters In the thoughts and decisions of men Proverbs 16:1, 33- “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” “The lot is cast lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Reconciliation with God Prophesied in the Old Testament “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5. All...[ abbreviated | read entire ]