I learned in Romans that the Law has nothing to say to a dead man Romans 7:1, we read in Romans 6:14 that sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. We see here that Paul gives us an illustration of marriage Romans 7:2, 3 , No one can loosen the bonds of marriage until someone dies.
Let me give you a personal illustration of this, when my dad died the bonds of marriage was broken and my mom was free to marry any one she wanted, so after grieving for a few years she met someone and they were married 1 Corinthians 7:39. The death of my dad ended their relationship and allowed for my mom to have a new relationship. My mom as a widow was free to marry again as Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:14… Paul’s plain and simple point here is death breaks the marriage relationship.
Here comes the therefore… Paul says Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4
Just as we who are believers died to the Law, we now have a new relationship with Christ in His death and we are now joined to Christ in His resurrection, Christ suffered the penalty of death that the law demanded. We are now joined to Him 2 Corinthians 11:2 in His life.
Why? In order that we might bear fruit for God!.
Our relationship with Christ produces FRUIT… As Tim showed us in John 15: 1, 2, 5 and 16.
Lets look what Jesus said in verse 16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. We have new attitudes Galatians 5:22, 23.
It says in Ephesians 2 verse 8 and 9 Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Then in verse 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
James Boice in his Romans commentary says writes… What is Paul’s point? Simply that the object of God’s having freed us from the law, to which we were bound, was that we might be joined to Christ and be fruitful. In fact, it is even stronger than that. In Greek the sentence ends with the words “in order that we might bear fruit to God,” which means that in this case it is the fruitfulness of the Christian, rather even than his union with Christ, that is emphasized.
Donald Grey Barnhouse writes on fruit… One of the most important purposes of redemption is that we might bring forth fruit unto God. We were transplanted out of death and rooted and grounded in His love so that we might bring forth fruit. Fruit is the expression of life, and in the Word of God fruit is indicative of converts, character, and conduct.
I end with another quote from James Boice’s Romans commentary, because he says it a lot better than I can…
One day the great God of the universe is going to throw a party. It will be the most magnificent party that has ever been held. The banquet will be spread in heaven. The guests will be numbered in the billions. The angelic legions will be there to serve these honored guests. Jesus, the Bridegroom, will be seated at his Father’s right hand. And you will be there, too, for this is the great marriage supper of the Lamb. You will be there. Do you understand that? You will be there. Nothing is going to keep you from that great celebration—if you are really joined to Jesus Christ.
So what are you doing? Are you living a halfhearted life for Jesus Christ now? If you know where you are headed, you will be preparing for that day with every spiritual thought you have and with every deed you do. You will be bearing fruit for God, because on that day of celebration you will be able to lift it up and offer it to him with pure hands and with joy unspeakable.
Nothing is going to keep you
from that great celebration
—if you are really joined
to Jesus Christ.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria