Romans 7:4: “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.“
His [Paul’s] answer is that when you died to the law you were joined to Christ. You weren’t freed from the law just to float around in no relationship at all. You were freed from the law and united to Christ. Christ is your new “husband.” And notice what it says about this Christ – “who was raised from the dead.” This person we are joined to is alive. This is no list of commandments. This is no external slate of duties. This is a spiritual union with an all-glorious, all-providing, all-satisfying, ever-living Person. More real than the person sitting next to you.
And the aim of this joining (this “marriage”), he says, is that you “bear fruit for God.” There it is. You don’t go on sinning. If you are in Christ, justified, and married to your Savior, Jesus, you bear fruit for God. That means that new desires and attitudes and choices and actions grow like fruit from this all-satisfying relationship between you and your living “husband,” Jesus Christ.
So being set free from the law does not mean freedom from love and justice; it means freedom to marry the one who is love – the one who produces love in us from the inside out – like fruit on a vine, not tinsel on a tree.