SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 7:1-6
1 Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 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. 5 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. 6 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.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Who is Paul addressing in verse 1?
2. What does Paul expect these Christians to know about the Law of Moses? (V1)
3. What analogy or human law does Paul use to explain the binding nature of the law of Moses? (Vv2-3)
4. How does this covenant relationship between a man and a woman reinforce the point that Paul is making? (Vv2-3)
5. What similarities does Paul draw between the law of Moses and the law of marriage with regard to believers? (V4)
6. What are two reasons that God has freed believers from the law? (V4)
7. Before trusting Christ for justification what fruit were these believers bearing? (V5)
8. Do you see a connection between verse 4 and verse 5 with regards to fruit bearing? How could this relate to the purpose of salvation?
9. What truth does Paul reinforce in V6?
10. If Christians are no longer slaves to the Law how then are they to live and serve God? (V6)
11. Could it be possible that V6 is Paul expressing in different words what he said earlier in 6:14?