In Paul’s day, a Jew could be considered enslaved to the Old Testament commandments. He was obligated to serve “the Law” through obedience and, in the event of disobedience, he suffered the consequences the Law outlined. The Law is a harsh master.
When a person becomes a Christian, their legal relationship to the Law dissolves. They no longer have a slave-master relationship to the Old Testament commandments. Instead, their relationship to the Law changes, and they embrace a slave-Master relationship with God. Are you enslaved to the Bible’s rules or are you enslaved to the God of the Bible?
For next time, read Romans 7:7-25.
PP. 556-559 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)
PP. 163-172 in the New American Commentary.