31: Christ suffered and died so that we would die to the law and bear fruit for God

This is part 31 of 50 in a series based on the book ‘Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die’. Read the introductory post or view all the posts in the series.

Ref: Romans 7:4.

We have died to law-keeping so that we might live to fruit-bearing. Fruit grows naturally on a tree. If the tree is good, the fruit will be good. And the tree, in this case, is a living relationship of love to Jesus Christ. For this he died. Now he bids us come: “Trust me.” Die to the law, that you might bear the fruit of love.

—Page 81

I find it interesting (for lack of a better word) that the New Testament repeatedly reminds us why we as Christians live. A couple of examples:

  • For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. (Gal 2:19)
  • And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor 5:15)

In short: We live for God.