Released from the Law
Or do you not know, brothers - for I am speaking to those who know the law - that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?
For e a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.
Accordingly, f she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
Likewise, my brothers, g you also have died h to the law i through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, j in order that we may bear fruit for God.
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work k in our members l to bear fruit for death.
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the m new way of n the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
1 Corinthians 7:39
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace.
By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
And might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true).
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
2 Corinthians 3:6
Who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.