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Romans 7:1 – For how long is the law lord? 

12-03-2021 - Posted by Andre Piet

Or are you ignorant, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know law), that the law is lording it over a man for as much time as he is living?

Paul continues his argument in this new passage, going from here on to what he briefly touched on in 6:14: the truth that we are not under law, but under grace. Again, Paul appeals to what he assumes to be known to his readers. And especially those who know the law, referring to his Jewish readers who were familiar with the law of Moses (7: 7).

In fact, the principle of the law that governs man as long as he lives applies not only to the law of Moses but to every law we know. Whatever law we fall under or whatever law we break, the validity of a law by definition lasts no longer than until a person dies. A dead person cannot break the law. That may seem like kicking in an open door, yet this observation is essential to all of Paul’s argument. Not law is our lord, but he who has been raised from the dead by GOD (6:23)! Beyond death.