Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
January 2, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<278> Thesis: The "duration" of the Law's "lordship" over a person is dependent upon the "life" of that person. Introduction: Several weeks ago we suspended our studies of Romans as a concession to the holidays. Before we did that, however, we considered the general form of Romans 7 as a prelude to our studies in that text. We saw that there is a major thesis followed by two crucial questions. The major thesis is found in 7:1 -- the Law exercises a lordship over man only as long as he lives. The first crucial question is found in 7:7 -- Is the Law sin (a harmful life-destroyer)? The second crucial question is found in 7:13 -- Is it the Law that kills? As we embark upon our studies in this chapter, we need to understand one thing clearly: the chapter does not exist for us to ignore. I say this because the chapter is difficult and we tend to deal with the difficult by simply shoving it aside. But, the chapter follows hard on the heels of Romans 6 and its two major questions. The implication is that Romans 6 is not a complete answer to the problems of living. So, we need chapter seven and we need to understand its message. Thus we will begin this evening to consider what Paul is saying in Romans 7. Our first observation is that he sets forth a rather obvious "thesis": the Law can only have a determinative impact upon a person who is alive. What is so important about this thesis?