September 30 - Freedom from the Law (Romans 7:1-6)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Josh Herring will continue teaching on Old Testament Wisdom Literature in the Adult 1 classroom.
Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Paul continues to deal with the accusation among some that if we are no longer under God's law can we continue to sin? To say it another way, if I am no longer bound by God’s law, can I not live as I please? Paul says, there is no way we can continue in sin. In our passage, we see that through the death of Jesus on a cross he has freed us from the law. But again, this release from the weight of keeping the law is so that we can belong to another. We belong to Jesus and through him bear fruit to God and live a life of godly character and conduct. This is the new way of the Spirit which we will see in more detail in chapter 8.
Review and Apply
How is the principle in 7:1 explained through his analogy of marriage in 2-3?
What does it mean to be freed from the law?
How does living under the law condemn us? Give examples.
What is the purpose of our release from the law?
How does marriage picture this new relationship with Jesus?
What does it mean to bear fruit for God?
How was your old life marked by sinful passions that bore the fruit of death?
What does it mean to say serve in the new way of the Spirit?