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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Romans 7:4

Ye also were made to the law (kai umeiv etanatwthte).
First aorist indicative passive of tanatow, old verb, to put to death (Matthew 10:21) or to make to die (extinct) as here and Romans 8:13. The analogy calls for the death of the law, but Paul refuses to say that. He changes the structure and makes them dead to the law as the husband (6:3-6). The relation of marriage is killed "through the body of Christ" as the "propitiation" (3:25) for us. Cf. Colossians 1:22.

That we should be joined to another (eiv to genestai eterwi).
Purpose clause with eiv to and the infinitive. First mention of the saints as wedded to Christ as their Husband occurs in 1 Corinthians 6:13; Galatians 4:26. See further Ephesians 5:22-33.

That we might bring forth fruit unto God (ina karpoporhswmen twi tewi).
He changes the metaphor to that of the tree used in 6:22.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 7:4". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=ro&chapter=007&verse=004>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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