Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentRomans 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.