Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
January 9, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<280> Thesis: How we live is fundamentally tied to whether we consider ourselves the wives of Christ. Introduction: I pointed out in our former study that there is an anomaly in Paul's "thesis" in 7:1-6 in regard to what he says and the subsequent illustration. What he says is that "Law" is defeated in its ability to exercise "lordship" by the death of its subject. But in the illustration, the person who is set free from the Law is not the one who dies. I glossed over this anomaly last time by saying that, even though the anomaly exists, the point is still that Law is frustrated in its dominion by the imposition of death. This evening I want to focus on this anomaly. Why would Paul deliberately choose to use an illustration that, in a sense, does not illustrate? If one wishes to illustrate how the Law loses its ability to dominate by the death of its subject, why would one not choose an illustration that shows how one is set free from the Law by dying? Why not say something like, when a person breaks a speed limit law and gets into a wreck that kills him, the Law cannot impose a speeding ticket upon him? That would illustrate the point. Since I do not believe, for even a minute, that Paul simply was not thinking very straight, there must be a reason for him to throw his readers this curve. So, our study this evening is going to be an attempt to figure out why he deliberately focused upon the woman who did not die, but was, by death, set free from the dominion of Law.