Sermon Audio: March 27, 2011
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Billy Meinsen,
Released From the Law, Bound to Christ
Romans 7
1   Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over
someone only as long as that person lives?

2   For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is
released from the law that binds her to him.

3   So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if
her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4   So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him
who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

5   For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore
fruit for death.

6   But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the
Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

7   What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not
been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

8   But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the
law, sin was dead.

9   Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.

10  I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

11  For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to

12  So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.

13  Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized
as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
Sin and Law II:
Married to Christ, freed from the law
Scripture Romans 7: 1-13
The Law and Sin
  • The law is unsympathetic and inflexible;
    Grace is understanding
  • The law is unforgiving;
Grace will forgive you and save you