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Romans 7:7-13

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Why God Gave the Mosaic Law

Romans 7:7-13

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Lesson Number 19

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The law is not sinful, but it reveals what is sinful.
  2. The law is not sinful, but it arouses what is sinful.
  3. The law is not sinful, but it exposes what is sinful.

Practical Application

  1. Test yourself on the ten commandments.

Questions

  1. The law cannot save or sanctify us. Why not?
  2. What is the purpose of the law?
  3. The law arouses what is sinful. What does this mean?
  4. How could the law, which is good and holy and righteous, actually stir up sin?

Answers

  1. Because by the law is knowledge of sin, but Jesus Christ alone can save. We are saved by grace through faith, not the law.
  2. To reveal what is sinful. Without the law, we would not have known what was sinful.
  3. When you see sin, it arouses sinful desires in the human nature.
  4. The problem is not in the law, but in the sinful nature of mankind.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The law exposes what is sinful. The problem is not in the law, but in the sinful nature of a person. Do you find this to be true in your life? What can you do about it?
  2. We are free from the law. To do what?

Challenge

  1. Test yourself on the ten commandments, going through them one by one. See Exodus 20. Is there one that is particularly difficult for you?

Key Verses

  • Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law...apart from the law, sin was dead." Romans 7:7-8

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