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What is the purpose of the law?

Romans 7:1-13, Andy Christofides, June 17, 2018


Sermon Notes:
  • Introductory comments
  • In a more straightforward portion (v1-13)
  • Romans is a gospel book (1:16)
    • Chapter 1 - our need (sin)
    • Chapter 2 - religion won't work
    • Chapter 3 - the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ
    • Chapter 4 - justification by faith
    • Chapter 5 - the certainty of heaven
    • Chapter 6 - objection 1 (6:1): we can live as we like [by no means]
    • Chapter 7 - objection 2 (7:7): is the law sin
  • Why did God give the law?
    • That sin might increase - 5:20, 6:14, 7:6
    • We might conclude that the law is a bad thing
      • No (v7)
      • The law is holy (v12)
  • What is the purpose of the law?
    • The law cannot save us - Rom 3:20, Gal 2:16, 3:11
    • The Ten Commandments is the law
      • Rom 2:14-15 - if not written down, the law is on our heart
    • To define sin - 7:7, 4:15
    • To provoke sin - 7:7, 5:20, 7:5
      • Example of Augustine
      • Example of covetousness (v7)
    • To 'kill' us - 7:8-9
    • To show sin (for what it is) - 7:13, Jer 17:9, Gen 6:5
    • To lead us to Christ
      • There is one cure for the sinner - Jesus Christ
  • Closing Remarks



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