Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
February 13, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<290> Thesis: Being "alive" means being in an emotional state in which you are completely satisfied. Introduction: This evening we are going to be looking into parts of Romans 7:8-11, a subsection of the larger paragraph of 7:7-12. This subsection is a personal illustration by the apostle of how his theology worked in his own life. So, let's quickly review that theology. Fundamental to the overall picture is the on-going reality of the existence of "Sin" as a "fruit-producing tyrant". If there were no forceful presence of Sin involved, there would be no point to any of Romans 6-7 because the root thesis of both of these chapters is that "Sin" can, and will -- given the slightest opportunity -- manifest itself through our bodies. That Sin is forcefully present is the root reason for Paul's insistence upon our proper understanding of the Law and our absolute freedom from it. If we do not understand it and maintain our freedom from it, we will find ourselves in a veritable orgy with Sin, producing its fruit willy-nilly out of all of the members of our bodies. The bottom line here is this: Sin is still forcefully present, but cannot exert its force as long as we maintain our freedom from the Law. Now, with these things in mind, let us consider Paul's own testimony of how he found himself in bondage to Sin after having been made "alive".