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Only Through Faith in Christ!

Romans 7:1-6 New International Version

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ 7 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with

another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. 4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Saturday - May 22

Luther: “It is evident that the apostle is not speaking of the Law in a metaphysical or moral sense, but in a spiritual and theological sense. He is dealing with the Law as it applies to the inner man (of faith) and the will and not with respect to the works of the outer man (of sin) … Sin and the wrath of God come through the Law. Therefore no one dies to the Law unless he dies to sin, and whoever dies to sin dies also to the Law. …[But] Grace and spiritual righteousness picks a man up and changes him …The firs thing we must do is beseech grace (free, unmerited favor) so that a man might be changed in spirit and with glad heart and will desire and do all things, not with servile fear or childish cupidity but with a free and manly heart. And this alone the Spirit accomplishes (through faith in Christ).

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