The First Husband of Romans 7:2-3
A Key to Torah-Observance in Paul's Epistle to the Romans
by Deborah Peterson
For many who defend antinomianism and the belief that Torah - Yahweh's Law and Commandments - has been done away with, a favourite place in Scripture to go to is the book of Romans to defend their stance...
And yet a believer, hearing the anti-Law stance, is faced with the question of what Yah'shua meant where He said in Matthew 5:17-18: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
I think there are many believers wanting to honour Yahweh, looking to understand how Romans and the rest of Scripture testify to the same Truth, and to walk to honour Him.
On Lev's request, I'm reposting a reply given to a brother on a blog on his stance on Romans that Yahweh's Law has been done away with, sharing an important key to understanding the Truth Paul is trying to communicate to the assembly in Rome... one that Yah blessed me a lot through, to open my own understanding.
(Note: In respect to the brother who this was in reply to, his name, main blog and previous comments to it haVE been ommited, as he has not as yet been asked permision to quote that.)
Comment by Deborah Peterson on April 20, 2010 at 9:11am
Brother, may I ask you something? Who do you believe the husband is that Paul is refering to in Romans 7:2-3?
Comment by Brother on April 20, 2010 at 2:38pm
I believe Romans 7:4 answers that question. The Law. :) We died to the Law, so we might be married to Christ (again, 7:4).
Comment by Deborah Peterson on April 21, 2010 at 4:29am
Brother, how can the the law have a law? Rather, shouldn't we say the law is a law, and as we can see according Romans 7:2-3, is given by a husband or master or owner? Because a law cannot come by itself, but must be given by someone who holds ownership to someone they own...
Romans 7:1-3 is continuation, another unfolding of the pattern of what Paul was speaking of and explaining to the assembly of Rome in Romans 6:16-23... that they had been owned by Sin, the first husband, and so had been bound by the “law of [belonging to ] sin and death” ( Romans 8:2), and that Sin had to be put to death first, that the person, the wife, may be set free from the law and reign of Sin, and be free to enter into covenant with and be owned by Yah'shua, the New Bridegroom, and be bound by His law and reign.
From some of your blogs and posts I've seen, I think you know that Scripture testifies that a husband owns his bride, even as the Bridegroom owns His Bride or a Vine owns its branches, or a Spirit owns the Body it fills...
It's knowing this Truth that a husband owns his bride that, that Paul spoke to the community in Rome, who also understood this...
So the question about which law is being spoken of here connects back to who the first husband and owner was who gave this law and who this person - the wife - was bound by, and had to be put to death that this person, the wife, may be released from them and their law that they may enter covenant with Yah'shua, to be His wife and be owned by Him (and in by being His wife and owned by Him, be bound by His law)?
Who does Scripture testify every lost person was owned by, and every saved person was owned by before Yah'shua saved us?
The testimony of Scripture is that every lost person is owned is owned by Sin:
“Yah'shua replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to [ and is owned by] sin” (John 8:34).
Indeed, Paul's words in Romans 7:1-3 are a continuation of where he was speaking about ownership:
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves [and owned by them] whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But Elohim be thanked that though you were slaves of [and owned by] sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of [and owned by] righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of [and to be owned by]uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of [and owned by] righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of [and owned] Elohim, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Elohim is eternal life in Messiah Yah'shua our Lord [and Master]” (Romans 6:16-23, NKJV).
And how was Sin, the first husband, put to death? Yah'shua, who knew no sin, became our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), on the cross, that sin was judged in His flesh and received the righteous wrath of Elohim it deserved... in with that, He bore the wrath we deserved. And with this, becoming our Sin and receiving the wrath it deserved, that it be put to death and we be saved, the prophecy and shadow Yahweh gave to the Israelites of the Bronze Snake, nailed and lifted up in Numbers 21:4-9, was fullfilled.
This is why Paul says in Romans 7:23:4 says we died to the law through the body of Christ... the law belonging to Sin, because Sin was the first husband that we were bound t, that we needed to be free from that we may be betrothed Yah'shua...
Paul is speaking about this law, this rule, of the sin in his flesh Romans 7:14-25, of the battle of rulership and ownership in him... where there is parts of his flesh, the carnal nature, still alive and so still owned by sin, and so sinning in those areas, and in others of, of a new inward man delighting in Elohim, and owned by Him...
And so he has a battle of ownership, and with it, the war of laws within him (Romans 7:23).
And with this, according to who the vine owning that branch, that part produces fruit... the parts owned by Messiah (and so bound by His law) bear “fruit to holiness” (Romans 6:22), and the parts owned by Sin, the fruit of sin and shame leading to death (Romans 6:21).
With this, what does Scripture testify Sin is? Romans 6:19 calls it 'uncleaness' and 'lawlessness leading to more lawlessness', and this is confirmed by John in 1 John 3:4, who said:
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).
If Sin is lawlessness, what law is it rebelling against?
It is rebelling against Yahweh's laws, and so Paul said:
“What shall we say then? Is the law [of Yahweh] sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law [of Elohim]. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet” (Romans 7:7).
What then, is the law of sin and death, or the law sin gives to those who are owned by Sin ? It is the law and power inside those belonging to Sin binding them to rebel against Yahweh Elohim...Which is why it says in Romans 8:5-7 :
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please Elohim” (Romans 8:7).
And so it is that when Paul says that the Law of Yah “is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12), but he found death came when the commandment came...
Not because the Law of Yahweh was bad, but because of the reign and law of Sin that had owned him demanded rebellion, and could only produce the fruit of the one who owned him rebellion. The problem was not Yahweh's law, the Torah, but Sin owning and reigning in every human being.
An example of this may be someone mentally ill jumping out of a tenth storey window, and so being killed... the problem isn't the law of gravity, because gravity is good, but the problem is within that man compelling them to rebel against the law of gravity.
And something, as a student of Greek I think speak to you is Romans 7:14 ~
“For we know that the Law [of Yahweh] is spiritual,* but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).
The word so many bibles translate as spiritual is pneumatikos, which literally broken down or translated is more accuratedly translated 'Of the Spirit'. This means a more accurate translation is this:
“For we know that the Law [of Yahweh] is of the Spirit, but I am carnal, sold under sin” (Romans 7:14).
Yah's answer wasn't to do away with His righteous law that is “holy, just and good” (Romans 7:12), but gave His Son to become Sin for us, and receive the wrath we deserved because of our Sin and sins in His flesh there at the cross, to do away with the problem with Sin in us, that we may be freed to enter into covenant with Him, and be owned by Him, and empowered by Him to truly keep His commandments... not just a kind of outer 'look-alike-but-still-not-it' for, but really keep them in joy and freedom from the heart, because we are grafted into the new Vine and empowered his Ruach to keep His Law!
Because Yahweh wasn't the Husband that needed to die, and so His Law wasn't the one to be done away with!
Legalism is trying to save oneself by trying to do 'works' and is a goat to try to by its doing become a sheep, or like a thorn tree in its own power to produce figs... the goat can just stay a goat and the thorn tree can still only produce thorns. That is bondage and frustration.
But love is when, having been made new and grafted into the Vine, out of that obedience comes, and we produce good fruit.. And that is freedom and joy, for Yah'shua said:
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:10-11)
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