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October 7- The Law is Good (Romans 7:7-12)

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Adult Education

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.

Romans 7:7-12

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Summary

Since the Law increases transgression, Paul asks a logical question: “Is the Law sin?” He answers with a resounding “No way!” Even though sin highjacks the Law to lead us into transgression, the Law is good, showing us that we are spiritually dead and driving us to find life in the only one who is holy, righteous, and good, Jesus Christ.

Review and Apply

Did Romans 7:1-6 leave you with a negative view of the Law? If so, explain why. How does Romans 7:7-12 have a positive view of the Law? 

In Rom 7:7-12, Paul says that the Law left him dead. Explain the deadness to which Paul refers.

Explain how being confronted with the Law leaves us (personally) with the knowledge that we are “dead.” Do you see this as a positive function of the Law? If so, discuss how.

When we see in the Law that only Jesus is holy, righteous, and good, and we are not, who/what is our only hope of life? To whom are we now driven?

Discuss how you came to the realization that you are dead and your hope is only in Christ? When did this moment first grip you? Or, was it more of a process in which you were confronted with your transgression against a holy God? 

What are some ways in which we feel “self-righteous?” How does this passage remind us that our hope of life is completely outside of ourselves? (Note: Good deeds are a fruit of the Spirit, evidence of regeneration. What I am referring to are ways in which we deceive ourselves into thinking that God accepts us based upon our deeds, works, etc., forgetting that our only hope is Christ.)