To live, you must die to the law
How did the humankind free itself from the unbearable marriage to the law?
Since the first husband (the law) could not die, the only way out of the intolerable marriage was if the humankind (wife) dies. Someone may wonder, if the wife the humankind, dies how could she marry another man? Here is where the incomprehensible exchange on the cross at Golgotha comes to rescue.
The Apostle Paul continues: “Therefore, my brothern, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may be married to another – to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.” Romans 7:4, NKJV. The “fruit to God” is the denial of the old-self and a total commitment to him who freed us from the condemnation by law, and rescued us from the slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness. Only a yielded believer could bear fruit to God. Paul continues: “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6, NKJV.
Our death in the body of Christ on the cross at Golgotha fulfilled the warning given in the garden of Eden, and the subsequent condemnation by the law to eternal death. Through our death in the body of Christ on the cross at Golgotha, God removed from us the sin so that the first husband, the law, could not condemn us any longer. Now, because of what God did on our behalf, we are no longer under the dominion by the law but are slaves to Jesus Christ, the Righteousness of God. “For he made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV. This act by God was the most excellent demonstration of His selfless love for His enemies, the sinners.