REVIEW: ROMANS 7:1-6 [LAWS DON'T APPLY TO DEAD PEOPLE!]
â€˘ The story retold
â€˘ The story extended
ROMANS 7:7-13 'ALIVE' PEOPLE DON'T TRASH BUT TREASURE THE LAW!
'Alive' people =
REASON #1: THE LAW REVEALS SIN (VERSE 7)
Example: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." EXODUSâ€¬ 20:16
Cf. MATTHEW 5:21-30
Cf. PROVERBS 18:8 ~ The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.
What the law does to "alive" me: REASON #2: THE LAW EXPOSES THE SINNER (VERSES 8-11)
Example: Combined sunrays of EXODUS 20, MATTHEW 5 and PROVERBS 18 . . . shining on me
Cf. ROMANS 7:13
Cf. " . . . exposes the sinful corruptions of their natures, hearts, and lives. As they examine themselves in light of the law, they come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred of sin, along with a clearer view of their need for Christ and the perfection of his obedience." 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith Modern Version
What the law does to "alive" me:
SUMMARY: Verse 12 ~ Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
What is my attitude and action towards God's Law?
To ponder further
1. "True believers are not under the law as a covenant of works, to be justified or condemned by it. Yet it is very useful to them and to others as a rule of life that informs them of the will of God and their duty. It directs and obligates them to live according to its precepts. It also exposes the sinful corruptions of their natures, hearts, and lives.