FREE MAN

Likewise, my brothers, you also 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. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.  Romans 7:4-6

When a person dies, they are released from the responsibilities of this life. There is no longer any obligation to pay taxes, maintain a property, or serve an earthly authority. Men who have died are obligated to nothing in this life. In Romans 7:4-6, Paul explains to us how Christ's death becomes our death. Through the death of Christ, the fulfillment of our obligation to the law is complete. The death of Jesus ends the power of the law over us.

Jesus' death and resurrection are applied to those who receive Him and believe in His name. We are free from the law and now open to the new way of God's Spirit. We are no longer held captive to what the law requires. Our new life is one that follows the Spirit of the Living God. This is what we are freed to do, keep in step with Him. An enormous burden is lifted from us, and we no longer bear fruit for death, we now bear fruit for life.

DO THIS TODAY: Live like a free man by the way of the Spirit.

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