Week of November 4 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 7:1-3

Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

Reflect: What point is Paul ultimately making in this passage?

Consider: Verses 1–6 relate to 6:14, the intervening verses (6:15–23) being a digression raised by the question in 6:15. The statement that a believer identified with Jesus Christ in His death is no longer “under Law” (6:14) should not have surprised Paul’s readers because they were men who know the Law. This statement should not be restricted to Jewish believers in the church at Rome because Gentiles also knew the principle that the Law has authority (kyrieuei, “rules as lord”; cf. 6:9; 14) over a man only as long as he lives.2

Respond: If you were to categorize your conversations, ministry, service as either “earthly” or “eternal”, which side would weigh heavier? How much time do you spend on things of the world?

2 John A. Witmer, “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 465.