Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, 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.
Here in Romans 7:4, the scriptures point out that we ARE something presently and forever based on something that has happened in the past (as in “I am married” to my wife of so many years). In this case we are dead to the law. Without the law there are no arrests, court dates, judges, juries or penalties.
No longer does the law have dominion over the Christian in a judicial sense. It can not condemn, accuse, or demand payment. A Christian is free of the law completely and forever. This is the gospel.
The natural mind can not understand this. Nor can the religious or the self-righteous. Totally free? No law? You can do anything or think anything you want “from now on” and get away with it? Surely, they say, you must DO right and not DO wrong to get to heaven, or at least DO more right than wrong!
But, look at the verse again, “ye also are become dead to the law.” No wonder the Jews in Christ’s day were upset when He pointed to Himself and said “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” What? No temple, no priests, no sacrifices, no temple? Just you Jesus?
Today, we have religious people, some even professing Christians, that think that they must DO good to be saved or stay saved. Truth is, based on Romans 7:4, when one receives Christ as saviour, he is free from ever having to DO good again for salvation. This is the gospel.