The Doctor: Our Dead Husband

On Romans 7:4

It is even worse to feel condemned by the Law.  I desire to emphasize this.  A Christian who continues to feel the condemnation of the Law is like a wife who still feels afraid of her first husband from whom she has been separated by death.  You must never go back ‘under the law’.  You must really learn to say, ‘There is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus’.  ‘But’, you say, ‘I feel that I am such a failure, I feel that I am such a sinner, I feel I am so unworthy.’  That may be well true – I often feel the same, but I will never allow myself to go back under condemnation.  I may be unworthy of my new husband, but that does not mean I am going back to be married to the old husband.  That is nonsense, that is confusion, that is impossible.  Whatever you may feel about yourself, and whatever you may know to be true about yourself, ‘there is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus’.  None!  You must not think of yourself and your life in that way; you should now think of it as your lack of faithfulness to the new husband.  You must think of it in terms of Christ, and never again in terms of the Law, otherwise you are contradicting what you believe.   – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans Vol. 6, p. 50

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