Romans 7:4 Move On

Romans 7:4 (KJV)
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.

There are those who can explain away this text and insist that a modern-day Christian is still obliged to conform to the Old Testament law in order to obey God. I am of the opinion that this passage, together with the sense of the whole council of God, teaches us to move on from that old law.

I am a friend to a number of people whose spouse has passed, and they have remarried. In those relationships, that are healthy, they maintain a love for the original spouse. 

  • They keep the photos
  • They mention them in conversation 
  • They remember them fondly 

But they also move on. It would be terribly unhealthy to obsess over the memories of the one who has passed and practically ignore the one who is present. 

This is exactly what Paul taught concerning the Christian and the law. 

We would be remiss to forget that law. It would be obnoxious to deny its place in bringing us to the Lord. We would be in error to argue that it is unrighteous. But we would be in complete contradiction to claim a new relationship with Christ while clinging to the old relationship with the law. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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