A prerequisite to understanding Romans seven is to know who or what the characters of Roman seven represent. What I mean by this is who\what does the woman in Romans seven represent? Who\what does the first husband represent? Who\what is the old man, Romans six etc.? Prominent Characters of Romans seven. Woman = Soul\mind – 7:2 First Husband = Sin nature – 7:3. Another Man = new Christ inyou nature (Christ in you – 7:3. Old Man = Old Sin Nature – 6:6. Christ = New (Christ in you) Nature– 7:25. Marriage is equivalent to a union – 7:2–3. The former union between the individuals soul/mind and sin nature was legally dissolved because of the death of the old man (sin nature). Upon the death of the old man (sin nature) the woman soul/mind did not die but remained unchanged and alive. She was now free to be married (joined in union) to Him who was raised from the dead. The woman's union with another man (Christ) could not exist as long as the old man( first husband) remained alive. This is very unmistakably ex-plained in verse three. "So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulterous: but if her husband be dead, she is free from the law; so that she is no adulterous, though she be married to another man" Romans 7:3. If her husband be dead she is free and if her husband is not dead she is not free to be married to another. If the old man remained alive while she was joined unto another man (Christ) it would mean that she had two husbands simultaneously. This is known as adultery and the penalty for adultery was death by stoning. This means that the union (marriage) between the soul\mind and the sin nature was totally and completely once and forever dissolved upon the death of the old man/sin nature. That union\marriage was gone forever because of the death of one of the individuals (old man ) that comprised the union. To say that the born-again believer is still joined to the sin nature is saying that the cross was an effective and that Christ is an adulterer. Of course this is fallacy and totally absurd to think in this manner. The problem now with the born-again believer is a mind problem (woman) and no longer a sin nature (old man) problem. The woman (mind) is still permeated with the memories of the former marriage\union and therein lies the problem. If the cross did not totally destroy the "oldman" then there was no need for Christ to have died on the cross.