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Sunday Morning: January 8, 2006
Text: Romans 7:6-13 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. 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.
SPIRIT AND NOT THE LETTER
Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law (letter of the law), that being dead wherein we were held [imperfect passive, held down in the past] (by the letter of the law); that we should serve [present] in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW
Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
LETTER OF THE LAW
Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
MERCY REJOICETH AGAINST JUDGMENT
James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
GO THE EXTRA MILE
Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
SPIRIT OF GIVING
Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away (from him).
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
THE LAW REVEALED LAWLESSNESS
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known [the] sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
THE LAW BRINGS KNOWLEDGE
Romans 3:20 . . for by the law is the knowledge [epignwsiv, deeper knowledge] of sin.
THE SIN IS LAWLESSNESS
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4 Every one who is doing the sin, the lawlessness also he doth do, and the sin is the lawlessness,
Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment (the moral law), wrought in me all manner of concupiscence [epiqumia, passion upon passion]. For without the law sin was dead (no stimulation).
John 12:50 And I know that his [the] commandment [lit. the commandment of him] is life everlasting [agelasting]: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
FAITH AND LOVE
1 John 3:23 And this is his [the] commandment [lit. the commandment of him], That we should believe [present active subjunctive] on the name (the Word of God) of his Son Jesus Christ, and love [present active subjunctive] one another, as he gave us commandment.
THE WORD OF GOD
Revelation 19:13 . . . his name is called The Word of God.
HE THAT BELIEVETH
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth [present active] on me hath [regards] everlasting life.
LIVING APART FROM THE LAW
Romans 7:9 For I was alive [imperfect active, was living]
without [apart from] the law once: but when the commandment
came, [the] sin (lawlessness) revived [anazaw,
and I died. (not in the Nestles nor with commentary)
MISLED BUT THE COMMANDMENT
Romans 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained [eiv, leading] to life, I found to be unto [leading to] death [qanatov] (loss of life in the kingdom).
FOR THE ONES BELIEVING
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth [present active] my word, and believeth [present active] on him that sent me, hath [esteemeth] everlasting [age-lasting] life, and shall not come [present middle] into condemnation; but is passed [perfect active] from [ek, out from] [the] (place of) death (during the kingdom age) unto [the] life. (in the kingdom age)
LAWLESSNESS IS DECEPTIVE
Romans 7:11 For [the] sin (lawlessness), taking [received] occasion [opportunity] by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [destroyed] me.
LAW AND THE COMMANDMENT
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
CEREMONIAL LAW CHANGED
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
CEREMONIAL LAW FULFILLED IN CHRIST
Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 15:3-4 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
BY MORAL LAW
Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But [the] sin, that it might appear sin, working [present middle] death [qanatov, in the kingdom age] in me by that which is good (the commandment, v. 12); that [the] sin by the commandment (moral law) might become exceeding sinful.
WARNING TO THE LAWLESS
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work [present middle] [the] iniquity [lawlessness].