Explore the Bible Lesson for October 9 - It-s All About Victory
September 26 2011 by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passage: Romans 7:7-25

The title of this lesson seems a bit misplaced when considering the bulk of the content of Romans 7. Paul describes struggle, conflict and frustration. In fact, this struggle, conflict and frustration apparently caused some to ask, “Is the law sin?” (v. 7) To this question, Paul immediately responds, “Absolutely not!” What, then, is the function of the Law of God?

One way of thinking about God’s Law is viewing it as a spiritual thermometer given by the Great Physician. The standard by which the thermometer (the Law) measures is nothing less than the character and nature of God Himself; that is, divine perfection. When used to measure the spiritual condition of a person, the thermometer always reads “sinful.” The only one who measured up was the Son of God, who came “not to destroy, but to fulfill” the Law (Matt. 5:17).

So the Law is a good tool from a good God, showing us our sinfulness. If you have a fever, you do not fault the thermometer for telling you that you are sick. You are thankful to have the tool to expose your sickness. Herein, however, lies the problem. Rather than using the law as a diagnostic tool, some tried to use it as a remedy. The Pharisees tried to use the Law to show they were not (spiritually) sick. In fact, they not only sought to walk according to the Law of God, but also added additional requirements. Jesus’ diagnosis is that they were “whitewashed tombs,” looking good on the outside, but dead on the inside (Matt. 23:27). They sought to use the thermometer of the Law as the cure, showing themselves to be both spiritually sick and blind.

Paul looked into the thermometer of the Law and read “sinful.” In fact, his exclamation was, “What a wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body?” When he considered truthfully his spiritual diagnosis, he was able to see the only remedy, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

We experience spiritual victory today – both in coming to salvation and growing in sanctification – not by trying harder to obey God’s Law, but by acknowledging and surrendering to God’s Son who has delivered us from bondage to sin and death.
9/26/2011 9:31:00 AM by Randy Mann, minister of education and evangelism, Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh | with 0 comments

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