The Struggle Within

The continuation of our Bible study on Romans:

“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. 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. 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.” (Romans 7:4-6, ESV)

Searching the Scriptures

  1. How does Romans 7:6 follow logically on the points Paul made in Romans 6:2-7?
  1. In vv. 7-13, how does Paul contrast the nature of the law itself with what it does in practice?
  1. What does it mean to be “sold under sin,” (v. 14) or to be “captive to the law of sin” (v. 23)?
  1. Paul vividly describes his present situation in vv. 21b-23, especially v. 23. How does the apostle describe “another law”?
  1. Note the Law/Gospel juxtaposition in vv. 24-25. What point is Paul trying to make through this sharp contrast?

The Word for Us

  1. Christians have long debated whether Paul is talking about his life before or after conversion. What do you think? What is some of the evidence you might give from this chapter?
  1. When the temptations of sin entice us, what promise can we claim?
  1. The inner conflict described in this chapter is obviously intense. Is it more or less so for a Christian? Why?

Closing

Gracious God, we are assailed by the accusation of the Law, which incessantly exposes the sin in which we are mired. Assure us of the Gospel of Your Son’s death and resurrection for us. Keep us mindful of the forgiveness that You continually give to us. Remind us that in Baptism we have become Your adopted children, and that You will not let us go. Amen.

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