Romans 7:1-6

Edited to try to capture Todd’s comments.

A.  1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man (person) as long as he liveth?

B. a. 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth;

b.  but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

a’. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress:

b’.  but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

b”.  ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

a”. 5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

B’. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held;

A’. that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

One thought on “Romans 7:1-6”

  1. Here is a structural outline that takes into account the changes signaled by the Greek particles:

    A. Intro: Slavery under the Law v 1
    B. Analogy: Release after Death
    1. General Analogy v2
    2. Specifics of Analogy
    a. Guilt under First Man v3a
    b. Free via Death to Join Another v3b
    b’ Free via Death to Join Another v4
    a’ Guilt under First Man v5
    B’ Reality: Release after Death v6a
    A’ Concl: Slavery under the Spirit v6b

    Similar structures from Romans at http://www.chiasticstructures.com

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