4 [a]So ye, my brethren, are dead also to the Law by the [b]body of Christ, that ye should be unto another, even unto him that is raised up from the dead, that we should bring forth [c]fruit unto [d]God.
5 [e]For when we [f]were in the flesh, the [g]affections of sins, which were by the [h]law, had [i]force in our members, to bring forth fruit unto death,
6 But now we are delivered from the Law, he [j]being dead [k]in whom we were [l]holden, that we should serve in [m]newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the [n]letter.
Romans 7:4An application of the similitude thus. So, saith he, doth it fare with us: for now we are joined to the spirit as it were to the second husband, by whom we must bring forth new children: we are dead in respect of the first husband, but in respect of the latter we are as it were raised from the dead.
Romans 7:4That is, in the body of Christ, to give us to understand how straight and near that fellowship is betwixt Christ and his members.
Romans 7:4He calleth the children, which the wife hath by her husband, fruit.
Romans 7:5A declaration of the former saying: for the concupiscences (saith he) which the law stirred up in us, were in us as it were an husband, of whom we brought forth very deadly and cursed children. But now since that husband is dead, and so consequently being delivered from the force of that killing law, we have passed into the governance of the spirit, so that we bring forth now, not those rotten and dead, but lively children.
Romans 7:5When we were in the state of the first marriage, which he calleth in the next verse following the oldness of the letter.
Romans 7:5The motions that egged us to sin, which show their force even in our minds.
Romans 7:5He saith not, of the law, but by the law, because they spring of sin which dwelleth within us, and take occasion to work thus in us, by reason of the restraint that the law maketh, not that the fault is in the law, but in ourselves.
Romans 7:6Satan is an unjust possessor, for he brought us in bondage of sin and himself deceitfully: and yet notwithstanding so long as we are sinners, we sin willingly.
Romans 7:6As becometh them, which after the death of their old husband are joined to the spirit: as whom the spirit of God hath made new men.
Romans 7:6By the letter he meaneth the law, in respect of that old condition: for before that our will be framed by the holy Ghost, the law speaketh but to deaf men, and therefore it is dumb and dead to us, as touching the fulfilling of it.
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