ROMANS 7:1-6 I CAN! I CAN! I CAN!
1Now, dear brothers and sisters --you who are familiar with the law--don't you know that the law applies only to a person who is still living? 2Let me illustrate. When a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. 3So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.
4So this is the point: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God. 5When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced sinful deeds, resulting in death. 6But now we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old way by obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way, by the Spirit.
I don't get everything Paul says about my relationship with the law. The church at Rome must have had a lot of Jewish believers and God-fearers in it. I, on the other hand, am from a pagan background. All this talk about the law, well, I find it hard to relate to. I do get the sections I have marked RED; these I can relate to.
The law no longer has the power to stir up sin in me because I have died and risen with Christ. The law only applies to those who LIVE under it, but I'm dead to that world. I've transcended to another plane. I'm no longer captive to the cycle of sin -> death, sin -> death.
I CAN! I can produce the good fruit God wants for me to produce. I CAN really serve God by the Spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit I can produce good fruit, good deeds. I can actually be free from sin and death to serve God! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN! I CAN!