Scripture: Romans 7

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READ and STUDY the WORD

An Illustration From Marriage

Romans 7:1-6 (WEB) Or don’t you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives? For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband. So then if, while the husband lives, she is joined to another man, she would be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she is joined to another man. Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might produce fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law worked in our members to bring out fruit to death. But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.

Questions and Answers:

1. What does Paul say about the authority of the law over a man (Romans 7:1)? Paul says the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives.

2. What example does Paul give about the authority of the law (Romans 7:2-3)? A married woman is bound to her husband only as long as he is alive but if he dies there is no law that would keep her from remarrying.

3.  To whom do we, believers, belong and why (Romans 7:4)? We who are believers belong to Christ Jesus who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

4. What was working in our body when we were living in the flesh (Romans 7:5)? The Law was at work in our body when we were living in the flesh.

5. Having died to that which held us captive, from what have we been released (Romans 7:6)? We’ve been released from the Law and its penalty.

Struggling With Sin

Romans 7:7-13 (WEB) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn’t have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn’t have known coveting, unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead. I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 The commandment which was for life, this I found to be for death; 11 for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. 12 Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good. 13 Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, was producing death in me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceedingly sinful.

Questions and Answers:

1. Is the law sin (Romans 7:7)? No, for we wouldn’t know sin except through the law.

2. What did sin produce in us (Romans 7:8)? Sin took the opportunity to produce in us all kinds of coveting (desiring what isn’t ours).

3. What happened when the commandments came along (Romans 7:9)? Sin was revived and caused death.

4. What did the commandment cause (Romans 7:10)? The very commandment which was ordained to life, brought death.

5. What did sin do (Romans 7:11)? Sin deceived and through the commandment brought death.

The Conflict Of Two Natures

Romans 7:14-25 (WEB) 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. 15 For I don’t know what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do. 16 But if what I don’t desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. 17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I don’t find it doing that which is good. 19 For the good which I desire, I don’t do; but the evil which I don’t desire, that I practice. 20 But if what I don’t desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then the law that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present. 22 For I delight in God’s law after the inward person, 23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh, sin’s law.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is scriptural and what is carnal (Romans 7:14)? The law is spiritual but we are carnal.

2. What don’t I understand (Romans 7:15)? I do not understand my own actions. 

3. What dwells in me (Romans 7:17)? Sin dwells in me.

4. Where does no good thing dwell (Romans 7:18)?  In my flesh no good thing dwells.

5.  What do I do and what do I not do (Romans 7:19)? I do evil and I don’t do good.

6. What dwells in me (Romans 7:20)? Sin dwells in me.

7. What is present with me (Romans 7:21)? Evil is present with me.

8. In what do I delight (Romans 7:22)? In my inward man, I delight in the law of God.

9. What is being warred against (Romans 7:23)? Another law is within me warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is also in me.

10. Who can deliver us from death (Romans 7:24-25)? God through Jesus Christ our Lord can deliver us from death.    

HEAR the WORD

Romans 7:12-13 (WEB) 12 Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good. 13 Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, was producing death in me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceedingly sinful.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: Sin deceives people by misusing the law.  The law was holy, expressing God’s nature and will for people.  Sin looks good to us precisely because God has said it is wrong.  Instead of paying attention to His warnings, we use them as a “to do” list.  When we are tempted to rebel, we need to look at the law from a wider perspective – in the light of God’s grace and mercy.  If we focus on His great love for us, we will understand that He only restricts us from actions and attitudes that ultimately will harm us.  

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 7:6 (NIV) … By dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We now serve not by obeying a set of rules, but out of renewed hearts and minds that overflow with love for God.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Because we died with Christ, the law can no longer condemn us. And as new people we belong to Christ. 

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will serve You in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code (Romans 7:6). Lord, I pray we will strive to delight in Your law (Romans 7:22).  Lord, thank You for delivering us from the law of sin and death Romans 7:24-25).  Lord, I pray we will serve You only (Romans 7:25a).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I serve God only.” <>< Dona