IT’S LIKE BEING IN A BAD MARRIAGE – Romans 7:1-6

Logo_ontransparent convertedExtremes of the misunderstanding of grace.

 License:  We are free to do whatever we want.

 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Cor 6:12

 Legalism:  Christian but must obey the law to please God and become holy

 

 BC you are married to the law.  Until you die.

 Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living?For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.

 1)     When married to the law, the law is your judge and you can never measure up.

 2)     The law never forgives.

 3)    Married to the law you will never have peace.

 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. Gal 2:19

 AD Married to Christ.

 So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

 1)     Need to stop going back to the law.  That’s like adultery.

 2)    Once married to Christ you cannot divorce.  The law was for here, Christ is for eternity.

 

Was                 butology                 Is

 

Guilt                                                    Love

Restraint                                            Joy

Anxiety                                              Peace

Rule Keeping                                    Heartfelt

Pressure to break free                  Faithfulness

Failure                                                Grace

Hopelessness                                    Content

 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealthAfter all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 1 Tim 6:6-7

 …I have learned how to be content with whatever I have12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Phil 4:11-12

 

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