Today’s Reading: Romans 7:1-13 (additional reading: Psalm 17:1-15 & Proverbs 19:22-23)
Sally was married to Bill for many years. Then one evening Bill had a heart attack and died. Several years latterSally remarried a man named Jack. Jack was in many ways different than Bill. Bill didn’t like to eat breakfast (he just grabbed a cup of coffee and headed out the door) and Jack liked to start his day with a big english breakfast. Bill didn’t care if the house was kept clean and Jack wanted the house to be neat and tidy.
After Jack and Sally had been married for a year, Jack was beginning to get aggravated. He came down the stairs hoping to find things different but the house was messy and as he went into the kitchen hoping to smell bacon and eggs cooking on the stove, he only found a cup of cold coffee. When Jack voiced his dissatisfaction with the situation Sally said “well that’s the way Bill liked things”. Jack said ” Sally, Bill is dead. You are my wife now. You have to stop living like you are still married to Bill.
Paul in these verses is teaching the Jewish Christians an important lesson. You Jews are still keeping the law you are still boasting in the Law, You still believe that the law makes you more righteous than the Gentiles. Do you know what you are acting like, You are acting just like a woman whose 1st husband is dead but acts as though he is still alive.
One of the most important lessons for the believer to understand is his identification with Jesus Christ means that he has died to sin (6:2) and then he is to reckon or take hold of (appropriate) that as true (6:11) in his daily life.
We can never be good enough or do enough to be made righteous in the eyes of God. Many times we are like those Jewish Christians. We have been set free from the requirements of the law by the blood of Christ. It is not what we do that saves us, it is what Jesus has done for us. Jesus has done all that needs to be done to make us right before God. Nothing we will ever do will add to our salvation. YET!! We too, many times, carry around the burden of believing that we have to do something to earn or to make sure we are saved. Going to church, reading our Bible, praying to God, memorizing scripture, teaching a Sunday School class or helping the poor is not going to save anyone. Now it is true, that these things are the fruit a person who is saved, is supposed to bare. BUT they can’t save us ONLY the grace of God which we enter into through obedient faith in Christ can save us.