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Sabbath school lesson 8, 4th quarter of 2017

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Sabbath school lesson 8, 4th quarter of 2017

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Sabbath school lesson 8, 4th quarter of 2017

  1. 1. Lesson 8 for November 25, 2017 Adapted From www.fustero.es www.gmahktanjungpinang.org Romans 7:6 “Now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter”
  2. 2. The converted Jews believed it was necessary to keep the moral and the ceremonial law to be saved. They were teaching so at several churches. Paul understood that the old man (the Jewish believer) was striving to gain salvation through strictly observing the law. The new man accepts the sacrifice of Christ as a means of salvation. He wanted to prevent the gentiles from accepting the concept of salvation by law. Romans 7:1-6 If we want to understand this comparison better, we must remember the context of Paul’s letter to the Romans. DEAD TO THE LAW Paul’s illustration is as follows: a woman is married to a man. The law binds her to him as long as he lives. During his lifetime she cannot consort with other men. But when he dies, she is free from the law that bound her to him (Romans 7:3).
  3. 3. TRANSITION FROM LAW TO GRACE The husband is “the law” (the old man who tries to be saved by obeying the law). As long as we are married to the law, we are under its demands. When we are crucified with Christ, the old self dies and we are free from damnation and from the control of sin and law. The first husband Death of the first husband A new marriage We are reborn from the Holy Spirit when we join the resurrected Savior; thenceforth, we no longer serve God because of law and fear, but because we have a new spirit of freedom and love. The “old man” is the first husband. The crucifixion of the “old man” (Romans 6:6) is the death of that husband. The resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:5, 11) is the new marriage. The final result is carrying fruits for God; the fruit of a reformed life.
  4. 4. Paul was a Pharisee, so he lived up to the requirements of the strictest sect in his religion. By an external observance, he tirelessly strove to observe the demands of a holy law that searches the heart. When Paul understood the spiritual nature of the law, that new knowledge accused him of transgression and produced in him evil desires (Romans 7:8). Then he understood that the law doesn’t save us but condemn us, so he died. That is, he understood that the end of sinners is the eternal death (Romans 7:11). SIN AND THE LAW Law is not sin. Sin is within man, and the law points to it. Romans 7:7-11
  5. 5. Spiritual: The Law Carnal: Sin The permanent purpose of the commandments is to reveal righteousness, to convince of sin and to show the need of a Savior. If there wasn’t any law to convince of sin, the Gospel would be powerless; if a sinner isn’t convinced of his sin, he won’t feel the need of repentance and having faith in Christ. THE LAW IS HOLY God’s law is the revelation of the character of its Author and an expression of His thought and will. It was given for our own benefit, and it is holy, just and good. Only those who are spiritual and have the fruits of the Spirit can obey it. We surrender ourselves to sin when we live according to the flesh. Even the holiest man is carnal in comparison to the spirituality of the law. Romans 7:12-14
  6. 6. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do [practice], but what I hate I do [I finally do]” (Romans 7:15 NIV) “When a Christian realizes that those old desires and feelings – which he disapproves and hates– are trying to get their power over him back again every day, he fights against their influence and wants to be full of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. But then, he discovers that he cannot achieve that freedom by himself or by the law; he is not able to achieve what he wants to do. Every night he confesses his impotence and asks for help from above in a voice full of longing.” (SDA Bible Commentary, on Romans 7:15) “Every day renewed efforts in restraining and denying self are needed. Every day there are new battles to fight and victories to be gained. Every day the soul should be called out in earnest pleading with God for the mighty victories of the cross.” E.G.W. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, No. 29, “Duty of Parents to the College”)
  7. 7. “Here is a work for man to do. He must face the mirror, God’s law, discern the defects in his moral character, and put away his sins, washing his robe of character in the blood of the lamb. Envy, pride, malice, deceit, strife, and crime will be cleansed from the heart that is a recipient of the love of Christ and that cherishes the hope of being made like Him when we shall see Him as He is. The religion of Christ refines and dignifies its possessor, whatever his associations or station in life may be. E.G.W. (God’s amazing grace, August 11) What can we do with that inner fight? THE MAN OF ROMANS 7 Romans 7:16-20 Men who become enlightened Christians rise above the level of their former character into greater mental and moral strength. Those fallen and degraded by sin and crime may, through the merits of the Savior, be exalted to a position but little lower than that of the angels.”
  8. 8. THE LAW IN MY MIND It is knowing God’s will, which has been revealed to man It is God’s law, which is understood and accepted by my mind It leads me to Jesus Christ, who frees me from sin THE LAW IN MY MEMBERS It is the evil force that generates problems in my life It takes advantage of every carnal impulse It makes me slave to sin The struggle between those two laws is a fight to death. We can only achieve victory through JESUS CHRIST Romans 7:21-25
  9. 9. “This is the peak point of Paul’s reasoning in this chapter. To be convinced of the excellence of the law and the wisdom and righteousness of its requirements is not enough; even proclaiming how good its principles are and delighting in following them is not enough. The law of sin in our members cannot be overcome by any kind of intense effort, unless the rebellious sinner devotes himself to Christ by faith. Then, that devotion to a Person will replace the legalistic obedience to a law. Since that is a devotion to a tenderly loved person, it feels like perfect freedom.” SDA Bible Commentary, on Romans 7:25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24) (Romans 7:24-25)
  10. 10. “Paul desires his brethren to see that the great glory of a sin-pardoning Saviour gave significance to the entire Jewish economy. He desired them to see also that when Christ came to the world, and died as man’s sacrifice, type met antitype. “After Christ died on the cross as a sin offering the ceremonial law could have no force. Yet it was connected with the moral law, and was glorious. The whole bore the stamp of divinity, and expressed the holiness, justice, and righteousness of God. And if the ministration of the dispensation to be done away was glorious, how much more must the reality be glorious, when Christ was revealed, giving His life-giving, sanctifying, Spirit to all who believe.” Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1095.

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