In the Law of Moses, the only way a woman could be freed from her husband was if he died. Likewise, in Romans chapter 7 verses 1 – 6, Paul makes the analogy of how the Law was our husband, and our only way we could be separated from it was death. Jesus died in our place and freed us from our old husband. We are now married to Christ and because of this, the “Sin nature” no longer has dominion over us. It is still there but we now have a choice to say no to its desires by turning to Jesus and asking him to fill us with his Holy Spirit and work through us to glorify God.
One of the points of this analogy is that if we choose to follow after the “Sin nature” now that we are married to Jesus, we are committing spiritual adultery.
This is done by simply not holding “our first confidence firm to the end”. When we fail to do this, we fall under the influence of the “Sin nature” once again.
Another point that can be made from this analogy is that Jesus being our husband will never die again and therefore we can never be separated from him. Verses 28 – 39 of this same chapter seem to imply this.
May God so fill our hearts and minds that we may indeed bear “fruit unto God”.
God bless, Orval