Romans 7:1-4 — Who Becomes Dead to the Law?

Romans 7:1 WEB
Or don’t you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law [you who were born under the Law — not the Gentiles who do not know the Law — Romans 2:12,13,14,17; 3:19]), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives?

The Law Covenant was not given to the Gentiles; it was given only to the children of Israel, which Paul commonly refers to as the Jew. Of the Gentiles, Paul wrote: “Gentiles … don’t have the law.” (Romans 2:14) To the Jew, Paul wrote: “you bear the name of a Jew, and rest on the law,… and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law.” (Romans 2:17,18) And he states that to the Jew “were entrusted with the oracles of God.” (Romans 3:2) Thus when he addresses those “who know the Law”, he is addressing the Jews who were instructed out of the Law.

Only the Jew becomes dead to the Law Covenant, because only the Jew was born under the Law Covenant. Gentile believers do not need to become dead to the Law Covenant, because they were never born under that covenant. We can reason, however, that the same principle applies to the Gentiles also, for they do need to become dead to the law ‘unto themselves’ in their consciences which would condemn them, for all find themselves, whether Jew or Gentile, condemned before God and dying through the sin of Adam, and under the bondage of corruption and subjection to futility, for as he wrote: “We previously charged both Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin.” — Psalm 39:6; Ecclesiastes 1:2,13-15; Romans 1:18-2:1; 2:14,15; 3:9; 5:12-19; 8:20; Hebrews 9:14; 2 Peter 1:4; James 4:14.

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Justified by Faith in Christ – The Dawn

A New Way of Righteousness – The Dawn

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