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Romans 7:6 - Delivered from the law?

Rom 7:6 "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." KJV


What does this text mean?
  • I am delivered from the obligation to keep the 10 Commandments.


  • I am delivered from the penalty (death) of breaking the 10 Commandments.
This text is often interpreted to mean that the 10 commandments have been done away with. However, reading the texts that immediately follow it in the same chapter, state very strongly that the law is good. They explain that being delivered from the law does not mean that the law has ceased to exist, but that we are delivered from its penalty.


Rom 7:7 "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."

Thou shall not covet is found in the 10 commandments and is where we find the knowledge of sin. The law is not sin but points out sin.

Rom 7:8-9 "But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death."

When one sins, the commandment (which was meant to promote life) points to sin which results in death.

Rom 7:11 "For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me."

This said that sin (not the commandment) slew me.

Rom 7:12 "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."

We are not delivered from something that is holy, just, and good.

Rom 7:13 "Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful."

The law does not work death, but the breaking of the law which is sin results in death. We are delivered from the penalty of the law by Jesus Christ.

Rom 7:14 "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin."

It is not a common thing to hear that the 10 Commandments are SPIRITUAL.

Rom 7:15-16 "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good."

When one recognizes that what he did was bad, he admits that what the law says is good.

Rom 7:17 "Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."

If sin dwells in the soul, then eternal death results unless it is cast out by the power of God.

Rom 6:14-15 "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."

When convicted of sin one is under the law, but grace through repentance takes the sin away.Grace takes sin away, it does not take the law away. So, when there is no sin in the soul then one is not under the penalty of the law.


Thank God for deliverance from the penalty of the law through Jesus Christ. Grace doesn't take the law away, it takes sin away.