[Linux4christians] Sunday - Romans 7
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Sat Nov 19 21:04:12 EST 2011
The Believer's Relationship to the Law
7:1 Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those
who know the law), that the law is lord over a person as long as he lives?
7:2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he
lives, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of the
7:3 So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive,
she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free
from that law, and if she is joined to another man, she is not an
7:4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the
body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who
was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God.
7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires, aroused by the
law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
7:6 But now we have been released from the law, because we have died to
what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit
and not under the old written code.
7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I
would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not
have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else
if the law had not said, "/*Do not covet*/."
7:8 But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced
in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead.
7:9 And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the
commandment sin became alive 7:10 and I died. So I found that the very
commandment that was intended to bring life brought death!
7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived
me and through it I died.
7:12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous,
7:13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not!
But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me
through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become
7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual -- but I am unspiritual, sold
into slavery to sin.
7:15 For I don't understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want
-- instead, I do what I hate.
7:16 But if I do what I don't want, I agree that the law is good.
7:17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me.
7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For
I want to do the good, but I cannot do it.
7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!
7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin
that lives in me.
7:21 So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present
7:22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being.
7:23 But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law
of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.
7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself
serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Lord, Your grace separates us from the deadly consequence of sin, yet
You call us to a higher-standard -- that of who we have become because
of Whose we have become. May I honor Your grace with a life focused on
You and not on my worldly flesh.
Summary & Commentary
Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden all of Creation, most-relevant to
this study -- humankind -- dwells apart from relationship with the Lord
God. All is doomed to an imperfect and meaningless death, together with
the "prince of the earth", Satan. This is because nothing imperfect may
enter Heaven and the presence of the perfectly-holy Lord God, because
all imperfection is sin, and because everything apart from the Lord is
The law did not create sin, it defined it more-clearly and it made its
commission an unavoidably- volitional rather than a somewhat
non-volitional act, as well as a volitional act that is intentionally-
rebellious because it breaches the clear boundaries set by the Lord God.
Paul explained that the Law sets boundaries in our temporary earthly
existence; he used the example of a married person who is -- according
to the law - not allowed to abandon their spouse and to marry another
while that spouse is alive, for they were bonded together for life.
He then noted that our salvation sets us free from the bond we have to
sin so that we may become the family of Christ in emotional,
intellectual, physical, and spiritual harmony.
[Note: It was not Paul's intent to teach in any comprehensive way the
Biblical approach to marriage, divorce, and remarriage here any more
than Jesus was teaching about fishing or gardening when He used those as
teaching illustrations. He did not intend to teach that only a woman is
bound by that law, nor did he intend that one abandoned by a spouse who
remarries is bound to remain single. He was simply using an available
illustration -- and as is true of all such illustrations when
extrapolated too-far apart from the intended purpose -- it fails.]
Paul continued to teach that because sin no longer controls us [in an
eternal sense] the Law is no longer necessary to convict us of sin to
preserve us for salvation; however, our temporary bodies remain enslaved
to sin and the Law becomes a tool of the Holy Spirit to convict us of
that sin so that we may partner with the Holy Spirit to press it away.
The Lord God brought clarity to the ancient and primitive Israelites,
and to us, so that we may plainly know when we are doing that which
What are some specific ways that the Law is used by the Holy Spirit to
help us to discern when our temporary physical bodies are drifting into
in, such as cheating, coveting, gossip, hatred, idolatry, jealousy,
lying, stealing, etc?
The law made it impossible for any to pretend that the boundary between
good and evil and right and wrong could not be readily known.
When have you been confronted with the challenge of worldly temptation
and found the answer to where you must draw the line in the clear
teaching of the law?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reminded you of the Lord God's Law "You shall not
..." in some area where you are drifting into sin.
Today I will ask a fellow believer to pray in-agreement with me as I
press-away that fleshly desire in this world which is leading me away
from righteousness as the law defines it.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Monday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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