Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
January 30, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<286> Thesis: "Seeing" Law correctly is crucial to being able to live effectively. Introduction: As we have said over and over of late, it is critically important for us to know how to relate to the Law of God if we are to walk in newness of Spirit and not in oldness of letter. The first step in relating to the Law of God properly is, as Paul said in 6:14, and in 7:4, and in 7:6, to clearly understand that we are "dead to it". But, this is problematical. Even if we say that we are dead to the Law (as a force of condemnation), we know that there is no escape from the reality of "Law" (as a force of constraint). If God exists, moral boundaries exist. We are not, and will never be, "free from God" and the inevitable impact He makes upon His own creation. Therefore the second step is to clearly understand the true essence of the Law. Because this is the second step, Paul brings it into focus by raising the question of 7:7.