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Bible Study on Romans: The Law’s Function: Romans 7:7-25

Summary: From Rom. 3:21-6:23, Paul has shown that justification by faith in Christ delivers the Christian from the penalty as well as the power of sin. In Ch. 7 he explains that the Law cannot deliver us from sin; all it can do is bring conviction of wrongdoing. Paul deals with the realism of sin that wages war in the believer and confesses the failure of his own humanness.

1. A. Review Rom. 7:1-6 and briefly describe the analogy Paul makes.

B. How is it that believers “were made to die to the Law,” and what does this mean? (7:4-6)

C. Do you recognize yourself as being delivered from the Law in order to receive the Spirit of Christ? (Rom. 7:6; Gal. 3:2-3)

2. A. What kind of knowledge is Paul discussing in Rom. 7:7?

B. According to verses 7-13, describe the extent of what the Law is able to accomplish. What is the correlation between the Law and sin?

C. In Romans 7:24, Paul said, “Wretched man that I am!” Are you convicted for your own sins? (Ps. 32:5, 51:1-6)

3. A. How does the Law contrast with the flesh according to Rom. 7:14?

B. What does Paul mean when he says, “of flesh?” Does Rom. 7:14-24 apply to Christians or non-Christian? Please explain (Rom. 7:15-17, 20-23. Why does Paul use the present tense first person in this section?

C. Paul knew well his standing in Christ when he wrote this. What about you? Do you face the weaknesses of your own humanity and guard yourself accordingly? (Rom. 13:14; Matt. 24:42; I Pet. 5:8; Ps. 119:9-11

4. A. What does Paul wish for according to Rom. 7:18-22?

B. Is our new nature in Christ not able to conquer sin? Why or why not? (Rom. 7:20-21; John 15:4-5; Ps. 119:9, 11)

C. Even our new nature described in Rom. 6 does not conquer the propensity to sin in our humanness. Do your weaknesses drive you to the Lord Jesus?

5. A. Compare Rom. 7:6 to verses 7:20-21. What is the contrast?

B. Do Christians always “serve in newness of the Spirit?” or, do we sin out of control as a way of life? How do we reconcile this? (John 10:27-29; I Jn. 1:5-2:6; 3:9-10; Titus 2:11-15; Eph. 3:8-10)

C. Since true believers follow Christ, so that the sins of their flesh are not habitual, how solid does your salvation look? (2 Cor. 13:5; James 1:22; Matt. 7:17-23)

6. A. What is the motivation for obedience according to Rom. 6:17? Where does it come from?

B. How is this a trademark of true saving faith? Do all believers want to obey the Lord Jesus from the Heart? (John 10:27; 2 Cor. 5:14-21, Titus 2:11-15; John 3:36)

C. The word “committed” in Rom. 6:17 means “given over to.” Are you committed to living for Christ so that you are completely given over to Him? Do you “present your members as slaves to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:19)

7. A. What opposites does Paul contrast in Rom. 6:19-22?

B. What is sanctification? Why is it the result of enslaving ourselves to God? (Rom. 1:1; I Thess. 4:1-8; Deut. 10:8; Ps. 4:3; Rom. 12:1-2)

C. Is everything about you set apart for God? Do you see yourself as His property? (I Cor. 6:18-20)

8. A. What are the three opposites given to us in Rom. 6:23?

B. Explain how this verse is a summary of true freedom, for both the beginning as well as the continuation of our salvation. (Rom. 6:4; Gal. 5:1, 3:2-3; John 8:12; Eph. 2:8-10; Col. 2:6-7)

C. What is the chief difference between the way death and life are received?

D. Are you depending on the free gift of God for your freedom? (Mt. 16:25)

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April 18, 2010 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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