Romans 7:4 “Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—that we may bear fruit for God.” (HCSB)
What is most interesting about our passage and about life in general is that our habits and behaviors are truly about relations. Part of what it means to be made in the image of God is that relationships are what is most central and defining of our existence. We see here that the way God changes us is firstly by changing our relationship to the law. Our passage says that we were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah. Meaning that in order for our lives to change our relationship to the law has to end. What? How could this be? In order for me to enjoy God and be changed by His love I have to have no relationship with the law which tells me to do good? Yes!