Romans 7

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Paul shows that Christians are not bound to the Old Law in Romans 7. The liberation theme Paul builds is as follows:

  • Romans 6 – Freedom from Sin (Romans 6:18, 22)
  • Romans 7 – Liberation from the Old Law (Romans 7:6)
  • Romans 8 – Deliverance from death and defeat (Romans 8:2, 37)

Romans 7 Outline

Released from the Law
Death frees one from the law of marriage
Christians died to the law
Sin and the Law
Paul knew coveting because of the Law
Sin deceives and kills
The Law was holy
Christian struggle of mind and body
Paul’s conflict within
Deliverance through God and Christ.

Death and the Law

Paul employs a marriage analogy to demonstrate that death releases parties that are bound to a legal agreement. When a wife’s husband dies, she is free to remarry. When a person is baptized he dies with Christ (Romans 6:3-8), and dies to the Law (Romans 7:4). Death severs the bonds of law (Romans 7:1).

Old Union Event New Union
Wife & Husband Death Wife & New Husband
Believer & Old Law Baptism Believer & Christ

Bearing Fruit for God

Paul wrote that Christians were joined to Christ so that they “may bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). The fruit of good works was dear to Paul.

He wrote, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV)

Mind vs. Body

Christians fight on the battleground of mind versus body. Flesh and Spirit strive against each other (Galatians 5:17). Even the Apostle Paul struggled with this. Paul’s desire to do good was occasionally beaten by what he called “sin which dwells in me” (Romans 7:20).

Paul ends Romans 7 with an outburst of thanksgiving that God will free him from “this body of death” (Romans 7:24).

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