And Illustration From Marriage
Do you not know, brothers--
For I am speaking to men who know the Law--
That the Law has authority over a man
Only as long as he 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 of Marriage.
3 So then, if she marries 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,
Even though she marries another man.
4 So, my brothers,
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 TO GOD.
5 FOR WHEN WE WERE CONTROLED BY THE SINFUL NATURE,
THE PASSIONS AROUSED BY THE LAW
WERE AT WORK IN OUR BODIES,
SO WE BORE FRUIT FOR DEATH.
6 But now, by Dying to what once bond 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.
Struggling With Sin
7 What shall we say, then?
IS THE LAW SIN?
Indeed I would not have known what Sin was
Except through the Law.
For I would not have know what it was to Covet
If the Law had not said,
'DO NOT COVET.'
8 But Sin, seizing the Opportunity afforded by the Commandment,
PRODUCED IN ME EVERY KIND OF COVETOUS DESIRE.
FOR APART FROM THE LAW SIN IS DEAD.
9 Once I was alive apart from the Law;
But when the Commandment came,
SIN SPRANG TO LIFE AND I DIED.
10 I found that the very Command
That was intended to bring life
ACTUALLY BROUGHT DEATH.
11 For Sin, seizing the Opportunity afforded by the Commandment,
And through the Commandment
PUT ME TO DEATH.
12 SO THE, THE LAW IS HOLY,
AND THE COMMANDMENT IS HOLY, RIGHTEOUS AND GOOD.
13 DID THAT WHICH IS GOOD,
THEN, BECOME DEATH TO ME?
BY NO MEANS!
BUT IN ORDER THAT SIN
MIGHT BE RECOGNIZED AS SIN,
IT PRODUCED DEATH IN ME
THROUGH WHAT WAS GOOD,
SO THAT THROUGH THE COMMANDMENT
SIN MIGHT BECOME UTTERLY SINFUL.
14 WE KNOW THAT THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL;
BUT I AM UNSPIRITUAL,
SOLD AS A SLAVE TO SIN.
15 ID DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO.
FOR WHAT I DO WANT TO DO, I DO NOT DO,
BUT WHAT I HATE I DO.
16 AND IF I DO WHAT ID DO NOT WANT TO DO,
I AGREE THAT THE LAW IS GOOD.
17 AS IT IS, IT IS NO LONGER I MYSELF WHO DO IT,
BUT IT IS SIN LIVING IN ME.
18 I KNOW THAT NOTHING GOOD LIVE IN ME,
THAT IS IN MY SINFUL NATURE.
FOR I DESIRE TO DO WHAT IS GOOD,
BUT I CANNOT CARRY IT OUT.
19 FOR WHAT I DO IS NOT TE GOOD I WANT TO DO;
NO, THE EVIL I DO NOT WANT TO DO--
THIS I KEEP ON DOING.
20 Now if I do what I do not want to do,
It is no longer I who do it,
BUT IT IS SIN LIVING IN ME THAT DOES IT.
21 So I find this Law at work:
WHEN I WANT DO DO GOOD,
EVIL IS RIGHT THERE WITH ME.
22 FOR IN MY INNER BEING I DELIGHT IN GOD'S LAW;
23 BUT I SEE ANOTHER LAW
AT WORK IN THE MEMBERS OF MY BODY,
WAGING WAR AGAINST THE LAW OF MY MIND
AND MAKING ME A PRISONER OF THE LAW OF SIN
AT WORK WITHIN MY MEMBERS.
24 WHAT A WRETCHED MAN I AM!
WHO WILL RESCUE ME FROM THIS BODY OF DEATH?
25 THANKS BE TO GOD—
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!
SO THEN, I MY SELF IN MY MIND AM A SLAVE TO GOD'S LAW,
BUT IN THE SINFUL NATURE A SLAVE TO THE LAW OF SIN.