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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Zechariah 7:7 Search the Scriptures

Zechariah 7:7 (KJV)
Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

The times were changing for the Jews. Seventy years of prescribed captivity had come to an end. Though it did not happen at once[1]they were now free to return home. This liberty led them to pray and to wonder about such practices as fasting. 

They came to the prophet and inquired. One could question whether the prophet, and the Lord through the prophet, were being too harsh. These people came to ask about a spiritual practice and the first answer was, “You should have listened to the prophets before the captivity.” They were almost certainly not alive back then. If some had been alive, they weren’t old enough to have made decisions. 

I think the point is much different. I think the prophet is reminding them that there is a preserved record of what those older prophets had said. God told them through Zechariah that they should have gone to those records, the written Word of God, for their answers. 

Don’t take this more harshly than it is meant. It isn’t as much a rebuke as it is a reminder. God gives us teachers, men who are called and gifted to teach us the Word of God. We ought to go to them and to learn from them. But before they can do us much good, especially in the long term, we have got to learn to search the Scriptures for ourselves. 


[1]Their captivity happened in multiple waves. It is not surprising that their return would happen in a similar manner.

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Romans 5:1 Justification, Full Circle

Romans 5:1 (KJV)
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

This chapter takes us full circle beginning and ending on the subject of justification. 

The benefits of justification 
Vs 1-4

  • Peace with God
  • Access to God
  • Hope through God

The origins of hope
Vs 4-14

  • The indwelling Holy Ghost
  • The saving work of Jesus Christ 
  • The reconciliation with God

The source of justification 
Vs 15-21

  • The gift of grace
  • The life of Jesus Christ 

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Romans 4:10 The Central Feature is Jesus

Romans 4:10 (KJV)
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Too often we roll right over passages of Scripture that are pivotal, foundational – the basis upon which great Christian doctrine springs. This is such a passage.

The Word of God insists that righteousness is reckoned not through the law but apart from it. The example is found in the very father of faith, Abraham. 

  • He was counted as righteous before circumcision. 
  • He obeyed God in going to the Promised Land before circumcision. 
  • He worshipped God at local altars before circumcision. 
  • He gave to Lot the choice of land before circumcision. 
  • He was promised and given a son in his old age before circumcision. 

The ordinance of circumcision (hence, law) was provided after. It was important and had its place. But it had nothing to do with righteousness. It was a tool to point men to Christ. It has been replaced with the great commandments, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart… and to love thy neighbor as thyself and with the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The day for worship has been changed from the Sabbath, remembering the first creation to the first day of the week, remembering the new creation.

The Mosaic law is a parenthesis in the eternal plan of God. It is not, and never was, the central feature of His plan. That central feature is Jesus Christ.

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Romans 3:31 The Law – In Its Right Place

Romans 3:31 (KJV)
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

John Gill writes of the law, “…its use in other respects is not set aside, such as to inform us of the mind and will of God, to discover and convince of sin, to show believers their deformity and imperfection, to render Christ and his righteousness more valuable, and to be a rule of walk and conversation to them…”

Only the believer, who grasps the truth surrounding salvation by grace through faith, can put the law of Moses in its proper place. Far from voiding the law, this Christian sets it once and for all in its rightful place, as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. This law, when understood, draws the sinner to call upon Christ for salvation. It serves then to stay the Christian near to His Lord. We study the law and see in it types of Christ. We learn of the failures of the Jews precisely because they tried to keep it for righteousness’ sake instead of calling out to God for mercy. 

We do not void the law. We do not ignore the law. We establish it and set it up as the standard of a holy and righteous God – a standard met only by Christ. A standard that is applied to our account when we are hidden in Jesus. 

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Haggai 1:8 God’s Blessing

Haggai 1:8 (KJV)
Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

I imagine every sincere Christian wants God to be pleased with them, wants God to bless them. This chapter is really a formula for that blessing. 

It begins with a sorry people 
Things were tough for these first Jews back into the Promised Land and fresh out of Babylon. It seemed to them that the priority would be to get established. Build houses, businesses, and jobs. Religious services could come later. 

God urges them to reconsider 
So far, they had gotten nowhere. They were not blessed. They worked but couldn’t get ahead. They saved but could keep what they saved. They attempted to build warm houses but had failed. 

Pleasing God brings the blessings of God
And what would please God was to build the house of God. The investment of time, talent and treasure into God’s house was the way to please God. 

And by pleasing God they would bring upon themselves the blessing of God. 

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Zephaniah 3:5 He Is Always Near

Zephaniah 3:5
The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

The time was in the days of Jeremiah the prophet. The sin of Jerusalem had reached its peak. There had been revival under Josiah, but revival must be maintained. It’s not a one time and we’re done sort of thing. Revival can lead to a spiritual decline if people put their trust in it instead of God. Zephaniah describes the city, 

Zephaniah 3:1-5
Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Now look at this, 

The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

In the middle of all that pollution, all that oppression, all that rebellion, the Lord was in the midst. He is righteous and will not do iniquity. He is faithful and will not fail.

While the unjust know no shame, any who will seek Him may find Him. He is always near.

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Acts 28:30-31 Free To Serve

Acts 28:30-31 (KJV)
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Paul was under constant threat when he was at liberty.

  • He was forced to flee Damascus
  • He was forced to flee Jerusalem 
  • He was forced to leave

Ephesus, Phillips, Thessalonica and Berea.[1]

He eventually left Greece by way of Macedonia because, “the Jews laid wait for him” there.[2]

I don’t mean to imply that incarceration was an easy experience for Paul.

  • He was not free to go about as he pleased
  • He was under constant watch of a soldier
  • He was eventually executed 

but those prison years in Rome were years of spiritual liberty. 

  • He received all who came to him
  • He preached confidently and
  • He was never forbidden to do it. 

Your “prisons,” those things you believe hinder you, may be the very tools God means to free you for God’s service.


[1]This is “off the top of my head.” There may have been one or two more. I might have made a mistake on one or more of these. I did not really confirm. But this is close and makes the point. 

[2]Acts 20:3

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Habakkuk 3:18-19 High Places

Habakkuk 3:18-19 (KJV)
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

God has some “high places” prepared for us. I would suggest that the ultimate and best application would be those high places in eternal glory.[1] What higher places could there be than: 

  • Those around God’s throne, 
  • Those atop His holy mountain 
  • Those places in the New Jerusalem 

I can think of some high places in this life too:

  • The place of surrender
  • The place of sanctification 
  • The place of separation 
  • The place of service

Notice that before He makes us to walk in our high places, He makes our feet like hind’s feet. High places can be slippery and the path to get to them can be tough. We can’t walk in the high places without the walk up to them. 


[1]Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

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Habakkuk 1:6 Bitterness

Habakkuk 1:6 (KJV)
For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.

Bitterness. It is never a quality we want in our lives. Though God uses the Chaldeans for his own purposes, they were destined for judgment precisely because of bitterness. 

Notice the description of bitterness:

Hasty
Though it’s not truly an adjective here, it is none the less true that the bitter are often impetuous, warlike; they fly off the handle quickly.

Selfish
Marching through properties and possessing dwellings that are not their own.

Self-righteous
They believe they have the right to judge those they will as they will. They forget that vengeance belongs to God.

Violent 
Bitterness is explosive. It erupts as a volcano to do terrible damage.

Unstable 
His mind changes. At one moment he is angry a thing happens. In the next moment he is angry the same does not happen. 

Religious
He may claim faith, but it is most often in a god of his own making.

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