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Sunday, December 08, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Romans 7:1-6(NASB)
1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? 2 For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
You can't convict a dead man, is that it? One of the frustrating things when a mass murderer either commits suicide or dies in a shoot-out with the police is that we don't get to administer a proper trial and serve justice in the standard way. We've short-circuited the Law when we've attached ourselves to Jesus; he already died and has imparted his death to us. Could this be where the Catholics get the idea that post-conversion (or post-baptism for them) sin isn't really sin? If we're dead to the Law, then the law is moot in our case and we're not guilty of sin. It's not that we didn't sin in the sence of doing something God doesn't want us to do, but we got off of the sin charge on the technicality that we're officially dead and thus can't be charged with the sin. We're not innocent, to be sure, but we are deemed not guilty.

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