This sermon was based on Romans 7:1-6.
Released From the Law
1Or 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? 2For 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. 3Accordingly, 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.
4Likewise, 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. 5For 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. 6But 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.
TWO PURPOSES OF THE LAW
- To show us right from wrong.
- To show us that we can’t keep it.
- Therefore the law points us to Jesus.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LAW
- The law is like an overbearing husband that will never pass away.
- However, because Jesus died and we are in him, we are released from the law.
- Now we have a new relationship with Jesus who sets us free.
- Often when somebody gets saved we can add ‘laws’ to them – this can be the Biblical law or laws that we have made up.
- This is what the Galatian church did.
- We need to remember that we are forgiven, free and righteous.
GRACE SETS US FREE
- There is no condemnation in Christ.
- We shouldn’t carry on sinning – but if we don’t at least ask this question we haven’t really grasped the full implications of grace.