Lesson No. 362
(Romans Chapter 7)
"With The Mind I Serve the Law of God"

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No longer bound to the law
1 Know 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? 2 For 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. 3 So 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.
4 Wherefore, 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. 5 For 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. 6 But 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.
God’s law reveals sin
7 What 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. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
13  Was 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.
The struggle within
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Lesson No. 362           “With The Mind I Serve the Law of God"
 Romans Chapter 7                                                                06/18/2017
1)      Paul teaches again about the law and sin.  What does he use as an example in verses 1-3.  Does this make sense?
2)      Verse 4 expresses the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with us; what is it?  Remember the ceremony to come in heaven?
3)      Verses 5 show how the fruit of the law is identifying sin, that fruit needs foregiveness, but what is the fruit of  'newness of the spirit' (born again anyone?  (Hint: verse 6)
4)      So, is the law bad because it leads to sin?  (Hint: verses 7-13)
5)      Paul tells it like it is.....He does the things in the flesh that he does not want to do, and does not do the things in the spirit that he wants to do?  Verses 14-17.  He says that it is natural man or the flesh where the sin lies.
6)      Paul repeats this in verses 18-19; basically he says that his flesh prophets nothing.
7)      Paul clearly presents the 'struggle'; the war between the spirit and the flesh.  Verses 20-23 show this, and we can only overcome by the Holy Spirit in us.
8)      Paul states that he is wretched man- yikes!   The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9  He cries out for help in verse 24- who does he cry out for?  (Hint: verse 25)
9)      Paul concludes this discourse by stating in verse 25 that he serves the law of God which is good with his mind (the law is from God and is good, but it identifies sin that we need to deal with), and with his flesh he serves the law of sin.   This is meant to encourage folks to follow Jesus and receive forgiveness, use the law to identify sin, and that his flesh not his heart, is subject to sin.  It is not meant to justify sin because it is in the flesh.

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