Freed from the Law
1Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2For #1 Cor. 7:39the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3So then #(Matt. 5:32)if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4Therefore, my brethren, you also have become #Rom. 8:2; Gal. 2:19; 5:18; (Col. 2:14)dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should #Gal. 5:22bear fruit to God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law #Rom. 6:13were at work in our members #Rom. 6:21; Gal. 5:19; James 1:15to bear fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve #Rom. 2:29; 2 Cor. 3:6in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Sin’s Advantage in the Law
7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, #Rom. 3:20I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, #Ex. 20:17; Deut. 5:21; Acts 20:33“You shall not covet.” 8But #Rom. 4:15sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For #1 Cor. 15:56apart from the law sin was dead. 9I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10And the commandment, #Lev. 18:5; Ezek. 20:11, 13, 21; Luke 10:28; Rom. 10:5; 2 Cor. 3:7; Gal. 3:12which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12Therefore #Ps. 19:8the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
Law Cannot Save from Sin
13Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, #1 Kin. 21:20, 25; 2 Kin. 17:17; Rom. 6:16sold under sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand. #Rom. 7:19; (Gal. 5:17)For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18For I know that #(Gen. 6:5; 8:21)in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I #Ps. 1:2delight in the law of God according to #(2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 3:16; 1 Pet. 3:4)the inward man. 23But #Rom. 6:19; (Gal. 5:17); James 4:1; 1 Pet. 2:11I see another law in #Rom. 6:13, 19my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me #(Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess. 4:14–17)from this body of death? 25#1 Cor. 15:57I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.