Christian Death Certificates?

Posted by Steve on April 7th, 2008 — Posted in Uncategorized

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. (Romans 7:4, NIV)

Paul here makes the point that a Christian has died to the law. In fact, the previous three verses present an analogy that the Christian is free from the law because he has died with Christ in much the same way that a wife is free from the law of marriage if her husband dies.

As I read this today, it occurred to me how easy it is for us a Christians to lose sight of this. It’s always easy to go back to legalism in its various forms. I wondered–somewhat with tongue in cheek–whether the church should have the practice of issuing death certificates to people when they get saved! Christians can tell you when they got born again, sometimes to the very day. But we often forget that on the day we were born again, we also died to all the things in our past: to our old identity in Adam, to our selves, and of course to the law.

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