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Bracketing Course Lesson 10 Assignment
Romans 7:1-6
You are free from the law through Christ so you can serve God by bearing fruit by the Spirit.
Published October 11th, 2019
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Main point summary
Romans 7:4-6 Bracket
Meditations, Questions and Takeaways
Main point summary
You are free from the law through Christ so you can serve God by bearing fruit by the Spirit.
Romans 7:4-6 Bracket
Romans 7:4-6
Likewise, my brothers, g you also have died h to the law i through the body of Christ,
In the same way, dear brothers and sisters, you are dead as far as the law is concerned (this happened through union with Christ when he died)
so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead,
so that you can be married [cf. vv1-3] to another husband - Jesus who is no longer dead
j in order that we may bear fruit for God.
belonging to Jesus means that now you can bear fruit for God.
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work k in our members
This is important, because while you were 'married to sin' your mind and body were at work
l to bear fruit for death.
producing fruit that honoured sin and led to death
But now we are released from the law,
Now however , you're no longer bound by the law,
having died to that which held us captive,
you are dead as far as the law is concerned,
so that we serve in the m new way of n the Spirit
so that you can devote your life to serving God in a new way - with and by the Spirit
and not in the old way of the written code. 1
instead of trying to serve God by obeying the law.
Meditations, Questions and Takeaways
Meditations and Take-Aways It is challenging to think about how the Bible portrays our life before Christ: bound by law and captive to sin. These truths highlight the blessings and glory of salvation; and also spur our evangelism. Grasp the significance of the freedom that we have in Christ - brought about through our death via his death! This passage ought to motivate holiness, but not out of legalistic drudgery; rather out of a new found freedom enabling us to obey/honour God and out of a heart of gratitude for what he has achieved for us. Note the Trinitarian references in the passage (Father: 4c; Spirit: 6c; Son: 4a-b). Questions Why is Jesus referred to as "him who has been raised from the dead"? in 4b? What, precisely, does the "fruit for God" in v4c look like? And how does it relate to the work of the Spirit in 6c. Does "law" mean law of Moses, or law in general, or just the 10 Commandments? Does "fruit for death" mean fruit that honours death - or fruit that leads to death? How does v4c fit in with the parallelism?
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