OLDNESS OF THE LETTER AND THE NEWNESS OF THE SPIRIT

Rom 7:1-6

 

The Apostle Paul here under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit portrays two authorities and two systems under which they operate.

 

He uses an illustration of a wife, which represents a person, the first husband which represents the old Adamic nature, and operates under the law, and the second husband which represents the new nature in Christ which operates under the Holy Spirit.

 

Lets look at this illustration in its entirety and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth concerning this matter tonight.

 

I. THE FIRST HUSBAND (vs 1-5)

 

A. The old Adamic nature

 

Rom 7:5

5    For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

 

Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

The first husband is the old Adamic nature. The flesh is the controlling authority.

 

B. The law is the system under which the flesh operates or is controlled.

 

Rom 7:2

2    For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 

The works of the flesh have only the law to suppress it under the old system or the oldness of the letter.

 

C. Service rendered is dictated by the law.

 

No service is voluntary under the oldness of the letter. Man would rather not serve.

Rom 7:1

1    Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

 

1 Tim 1:8-10

8    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9    Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

 

The law was given by God to reveal man’s sin and to suppress the sinner.

 

In the Adamic nature man’s sin was covered by the sanctioning of the Old Testament sacraments of shedding of blood. Bulls, sheep, goats, and birds were killed to cover man’s sin and point to the Messiah.

 

Men were under the authority of the flesh and suppressed by the law given by God.

 

Those who are unsaved operate under the same authority today.

 

C. Service motivated by threat of punishment and under direct command of the law

 

It is an acceptance based on works.

 

Acts 17:30-35

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

 

It was a time in which God made provision for man to be accepted (not saved) based on works.

 

Men were saved as they looked to the Messiah they pleased God by works of the law.

 

II. THE SECOND HUSBAND (vs 4, 6)

 

A. Christ is the Authority

 

Rom 6:4

4    Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

 

 

Rom 7:4

4    Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 

Christ is now the one in control.

 

He is Lord of our life, not the flesh.

 

1 Cor 15:47

47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 John 20:28

28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

 

 

 1 Cor 8:6

6    But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 

 Heb 1:8

8    But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

 

Christ is the second husband after the death of the flesh, buring of sin, resurrection of Christ who now is our life.

 

Phil 1:21

21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

B. The new nature is controlled by the Holy Spirit

 

2 Cor 5:17

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

The new nature is a new creature.

The believer is not a product of the law or good works, nor is he the old nature cleaned up.

The believer is a new creature. The product of the miraculous work of God.

 

The new creature is led by and is totally dependent on the Holy Spirit of God.

 

C. Service is motivated by love

Marriage is based in love. We come under the authority of the one we love.

 

1 John 4:19

19  We love him, because he first loved us.

 

Rom 5:5

5    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

Rom 5:8

8    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Rom 13:10

10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

Gal 5:13

13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 

Matt 22:37-38

37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38  This is the first and great commandment.

 

1 Tim 1:5

5    Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

 

III. THE WIFE

 

The wife represents the individual. A believer who is dead to the old nature and married to Christ.

 

Or one who is still under the authority of the flesh operating under the law.

 

A. The believer is free from the authority of the old nature.

 

Rom 6:3

3    Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

 

The old nature demanded the satisfaction of the flesh.

 

We no longer have to obey those demands, we are dead to the demands of the flesh and the punishment of imperfection.

 

We are dead to the old nature and the old system under which it operated.

 

B.  The believer has the privilege to operated under the authority of Christ and the system of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Rom 7:4

4    Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 

C. In marriage there is the possibility of adultery.

 

1. Married to the old nature. Under its authority but trying to live a good life. One may claim to be going to heaven but never have died to the old nature.

 

Still married to Adam trying to live for Christ.

 

2. Married to Christ but living as if still under the authority of the old. Still trying to satisfy the flesh.

 

3. Virtuous - Adam is dead - died with Christ. Married to Christ living under the authority of Christ - by means of the Holy Spirit.

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