Romans Lesson 12 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
3. Paul uses the analogy of marriage.
In Romans 6:1-11, 14 Paul explains how our old nature died. We are now dead to sin and its power over us. “For sin is no longer a tyrant over you; indeed you are under grace and not the law.” (Romans 6:14 Voice)
Now, in Romans 7:1-6, Paul uses the analogy of marriage to explain a believer’s former relationship with the law and new relationship with Christ. Through faith in Jesus, we made a clean break with the law’s chains and left it a widower. Through grace, we are free of the law and free to be in a new marriage/relationship/union with Christ! Hallelujah!
4. a. Death ends all obligations and contracts. (Guzik)
Jesus’ death and our death with Him frees us to belong to Him—”the One who was raised from the dead so we can bear fruit for God.” (Romans 7:7 Voice)
The Message Version renders our new purpose as, “bear “offspring” of faith for God.”
b. Bearing fruit for God.
For the past eight years, caregiving and sharing these studies have kept me occupied.
The caregiving began with family needs. I was busy with my career and reluctantly helped out on occasion.
Then one day I had a divinely initiated change of heart. The Lord didn’t say much, but He showed me my life map and the course correction was clear—Transition from clients and business meetings to helping raise my five young grandchildren.
A few years later, my Dad moved in with us. (He’s now in a secure nearby assisted living.)
Our elderly neighbors are both physically disabled. They get along pretty well, but we help them when we look for opportunities to help.
Recently, a younger physically disabled man moved in next to us. His sister assured us he doesn’t need our help, but his hours alone and his challenges touch our hearts. When we see him trying to carry things from his car while using a walker, we can’t help but offer to help. He recently went to church with us.
5. The fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
Now that I have a better understanding of grace vs law, I enjoy the freedom of this relationship with Jesus. I no longer imagine God as disappointed and angry with me. I know He loves me and welcomes me into His presence where there is fullness of joy, and I’m free to be spiritually childlike in my love for Him.
I’m not walking on eggshells, and His Holy Spirit isn’t in me to spy.
Here is Paul’s instruction: “Walk in the Spirit, and let the Spirit bring order to your life. If you do, you will never give in to your selfish and sinful cravings. . .The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.” (Galatians 5:16-23 Voice)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 12 Day 2 ~ Romans 7:1-6