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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

Sermon Passage:

Romans 7:1-13

1Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. (KJV)

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