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Summary: This sermon unpacks the relationship of the law to the Christian 1-6 and the pre-conversion experience of the law applied to Paul 7-13 and then Paul’s subsequent ongoing conflict with sinful nature as a mature believer 14-25.

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ROMS 7:1- 25 VITAL SIGNS IN CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.

PAUL HAS GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO POINT OUT THAT A CHRISTIAN IS SOMEBODY WHO IS DEAD TO SIN AND ALIVE IN CHRIST. A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN SET FREE FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN TO BECOME A SLAVE TO GOD. SUMMING UP CHAPTER SIX PAUL HAS STATED THAT A CHRISTIAN HAS RECEIVED A NEW LIFE 6:2,3,4,6 A NEW NATURE 6:5,11 AND A NEW FREEDOM 6:12,13,14,16. ALL THIS OF COURSE RAISED SERIOUS QUESTIONS FOR HIS FELLOW JEWS.. LET’S RECAP THE DILEMMA FOR PAULS HEARERS......

1ST QUESTION 6:1 “IF WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE SHALL WE GO ON SINNING?” A LICENCE TO SIN BECAUSE GRACE WILL INCREASE “BY NO MEANS” PAUL REFUTES THAT CHARGE WITH NO GRACE IS NOT A LICENCE TO SIN BUT GRACE ACTUALLY LEADS TO INCREASING HOLINESS.

2ND QUESTION 6:15 OKAY SHALL WE CONTINUE TO SIN BECAUSE WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE? “(ANTINOMIANISM) AGAINST THE LAW. CERTAINLY NOT “HE EXPLAINS WE HAVE A NEW MASTER UNDER GRACE AND WE OFFER OURSELVES TO HIM IN OBEDIENCE, WHICH LEADS US TO UPHOLD GODS WORD RATHER THAN NULLIFY IT. ROM 3:31. DO WE NULLIFY THE LAW BY FAITH NOT AT ALL WE UPHOLD IT.

PAUL HAS MADE THE CHRISTIANS POSITION QUITE CLEAR IN REGARD TO THE LAW .HE IS FREE FROM THE LAW AND DOES NOT NEED TO KEEP IT TO BE SAVED, YET HE IS NOT FREE FROM THE LAW, FOR HE NEEDS TO KEEP IT TO PROVE THAT HE IS SAVED. THIS WASN’T EASY FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND SO IN THE OPENING VERSES PAUL EXPLAINS HIMSELF A LITTLE MORE....

WITH AN ILLUSTRATION FROM MARRIAGE

1. A CHRISTIAN IS RELEASED FROM THE LAW - “HOW WE COME UNDER GRACE.” V1-6 .

V1 PAUL IS SAYING HERE IS THE LEGAL PRINCIPLE: ANY LAW CAN ONLY MAKE A CLAIM ON A PERSON WHEN THEY ARE ALIVE WHEN WE DIE OUR DEBTS DIE YOU CANNOT SEND THE BAILIFFS ROUND TO THE MORTUARY OR CEMETERY AND START KNOCKING ON THE COFFIN, ITS NONSENSE THEIR DEAD! LAW IS FOR LIFE BUT DEATH ANNULS IT.

MARRIAGE ILLUSTRATION: V1 – 3. LOOK AT A MARRIED COUPLE THEIR BOUND TO EACH OTHER AS LONG AS THEY LIVE UNDER LAW THEY ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE - IF ONE HAS AN AFFAIR WHILST THE OTHER IS ALIVE THEY COMMIT ADULTERY BECAUSE THEY ARE BOUND TO EACH OTHER. YET IF THE OTHER HAS DIED IT FREES THE OTHER TO RE–MARRY THEY ARE NO LONGER BOUND BY THAT PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.

V4 - 6 THE POINT PAUL IS CONVEYING TO US IS THAT GODS LAW ALSO CLAIMS LORDSHIP OVER US, WHILE WE LIVE , ALL OF US ARE UNDER GODS LAW EVERYBODY WITHOUT EXCEPTION. AND SO WHEN WE BREAK THAT LAW, WE SIN AND WE COME UNDER ITS CONDEMNATION BECAUSE WE ARE BOUND TO IT.

V5 THE OLD WAY: THE LAW BY ITS COMMANDMENTS AROUSED OUR SINFUL PASSIONS TO SIN. HOWEVER HARD YOU TRIED TO BE UPRIGHT; WE ALL HAVE BROKEN THE COMMANDMENTS AND AS A RESULT WILL FACE CONDEMNATION.

SO WHERE ARE WE NOW IN REGARD TO THE LAW? AFTER ALL WERE DEAD. DOES THAT LEAVE US IN A STATE OF LIMBO? FREE TO DO AS WE PLEASE? NO A CHRISTIAN HAS BEEN RE-MARRIED TO CHRIST, V4B WHO WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD. HE IS THE VERY ONE WHO GAVE AND FULFILLED THE LAWS DEMANDS .... WE ARE CALLED NOW TO BEAR FRUIT FOR GOD ... WHAT IS THIS FRUIT?

V6 THE NEW WAY: THE FRUIT IS TO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT AND IS SEEN IN OUR OBEDIENCE AND LOVE TO GOD. AS JESUS SAID IF YOU LOVE ME YOU SHALL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS JHN 14:15, 15:10. THE FRUIT THAT GOD REQUIRES IS HOLY LIVING CHARACTERISED BY OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW. YET THIS IS NO LEGALISTIC CONSTRAINT WE DON’T ATTAIN IT IN OUR OWN STRENGTH BUT IN A NEW WAY BY THE SPIRIT AND NOT BY THE OLD WITTEN CODE.


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