Romans 7 teaches about the law. Specifically, the law no longer has dominion over the believer in Christ; the law was instrumental in bringing us to Christ, and the current battle between the law and grace.
Verses 1-6 explains that the law no longer has dominion over the life of a believer in Christ.
Believers are united to Christ, that they may bring forth fruit unto God. (7:1-6)
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 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, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 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. 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 not in the oldness of the letter.
What fruit are we bringing forth? Does our daily conduct and manner of living exemplify that we are believers in Christ? Are we continually maturing in our walk with the Lord? As we minister to others, are people coming to know Christ, coming to church, and growing in their relationship with God?
Is our service out of love for our Savior or a requirement we must fulfill? Is going to church an opportunity to worship, pray, serve, and be challenged by the Holy Spirit of God to grow spiritually?
Meditate on these questions. Allow God to speak to you. Follow His lead and move forward!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001