Romans 7 : 7 - 12 Week 20

Romans 7 : 7 – 12 Verse by Verse Bible Teaching

 

 

Romans 7 : 7 – 12  New King James Version (NKJV)*

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 

But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 

I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 

10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 

12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

 

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Welcome to Calvary Chapel, Newcastle verse by verse study of the book of Romans. For other studies from the book of Romans, go to our series on romans@ccn.org.au/Romans. Join us now for this week’s message from Pastor Terry Martens as he teaches from Romans.

All right, Welcome to Calvary online. It’s great to be with you. Today we’re looking at a message in Romans chapter seven, verses seven through twelve. And it’s a message I’ve titled our problem with the loss. So welcome as we go verse by verse, through the book of Romans. We are currently in chapter seven. I hope you’ve been blessed by it so far. I hope you’ve been blessed by the whole book of Romans really. And today we’re going to be looking at my problem with the law really our problem with the law and specifically the Jewish people and their problem with the law those Jews who would come to Christ so before we get into it.

Let’s pray Lord, thank you so much for your Word, thank you so much that we can open it up this afternoon and take a look at it, take a close look at it. Help us to understand the intent of the law. Help us to understand that it is holy, it’s just and it’s good. But it also shows us a lot about ourselves that isn’t right. And we want to be able to understand that and find our sufficiency in new Christ. May it always be in you, when we not look to the law or to a man or to a system or to anything, or any other religion that would, would satisfy us but we would look to you God as the author and the perfecter of our life. I pray that you’d help me to teach clearly, that each of us as we listen, we would be challenged, we’d be reminded of your goodness, and we’d also be built up in our faith. We pray this in Jesus name, amen.

All right, we’re in Romans chapter seven. turn in your Bibles to Romans chapter seven. Verses seven through twelve. And let’s begin by reading the text and then we’ll take a closer look at what Paul is saying here. In verse seven of Romans chapter seven, it says, What shall we say then is the last sin? Certainly not. On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law said You shall not covet. But sin taking opportunity by the commandment produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law, sin was dead. Verse nine, I was alive once without the law. But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment which was to bring life I found to bring death for sin, taking occasion by the commandment deceived me, and by killed me. Therefore, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, and just and good. Let me give you an outline of what I’ve constructed for study today, I hope you’re able to either write it down or keep a mental memory of it.

But in verse seven A, we’re going to look at the first point where Paul asks the question, is the law equal to sin? And he asks it in the form of a question. In verse seven B, he answers that question when he says, No, the law is good because it reveals sin to us. The third point that we’re going to look at is in verse eight, and it’s that sin corrupts the law. And then in verse nine, Paul, his state of inner he states his innocence before he knew the law, and then finally, in verses ten through twelve, sin corrupts, the law which then brings death, that’s going to be our outline for today. And let’s begin now with the first point in that outline in verse seven a, Paul asks this question, is the sin law or is it equal to sin? He says this, what shall we say then is the law of sin. Now if we’re going to follow this train of thinking that Paul has taken us through already in the first eleven verses of chapter seven, we need to be reminded of the fact that Paul is addressing the Jewish converts who had come to Christ.

Now, if you look back at the day of Pentecost and Acts, you see that many of those who came to Christ were of a Jewish heritage. You remember that Peter, after the day of Pentecost goes out and preaches at the portico at the temple. And he declares that Jesus Christ is indeed the Messiah, and goes through a great sermon, pointing the guilt of all men and that all men should be made right with God through Jesus Christ. 3000 are converted. And most of those would have been Jewish. The church, the early church began with a Jewish congregation. And then obviously, as the gospel went out throughout the whole Roman Empire, the first places that the people the apostle specifically would go to is the synagogue. And then for claim, the coming of the Messiah, that Jesus was, indeed the Messiah, that he died on the cross, He rose from the dead, and he ascended to the right hand of the Father and all those who confess Christ would be saved. We need to remember that that is the context in which we’re laying out the foundation of Paul’s argument here concerning the law in the book of Romans. And so Paul insists in our previous study, that we must die to the law. And if we die, the law then were to bear fruit to God. So logically, absolutely. Those Jewish converts would have been thinking is there something wrong with the law?

Well, the answer to that is found in seven B, and it is no there is nothing wrong with the law. There’s nothing wrong with the 10 commandments, or the other instructions that God gave to the priesthood in Leviticus, or in other places within the Torah concerning the common people in the nation of Israel, there is nothing wrong with the law because the law reveals sin to us. It is holy, it is just and it is good as we have seen in the back end of our reading, and it’s absolutely precisely the purpose of the law. It tells us the standard and then exposes our guilt so that the cure would be found in Jesus Christ alone, okay. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law. He came to fulfil the law and they’re in was able to redeem men from the consequences of the punishment that the law gave. What shall we say then? Is this law sin? Verse seven a, certainly not. The law is not sin in verse seven be on the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would have not known covetousness unless the law had said, You shall not covet. Paul responds by again using the strongest Greek negative possible. And it’s the Greek word me ginōskō, which means, may it never be or you could also say it this way. Of course not. Of course not. It’s a double emphasis on the fact that the law is not sin. Take a look in your Bibles at Romans chapter three.

In Romans chapter three and in Romans chapter six, he gives us some other examples of this Greek word. Meaning Of course not, of course not or may never be. In Romans chapter three, verse four, beginning in verse one, if you want to draw your attention to verse one of chapter three, it says, What advantage then has the Jew? Or what is the prophet of circumcision? much in every way? chiefly, because to them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe, with their unbelief? Make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not me ganito? Certainly not. Again, take a look at verse six. Or actually go back to verse five and then I’ll include it in verse six. But if our righteousness or unrighteousness demands the righteousness of God, what shall we say then? God unjust who inflicts wrath, I speak as a man. And then he says, certainly not for then how will God judge the world? Take a look at chapter six, verse two. And well begin, start in verse one. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not. again in verse 15. What shall we say then? Shall we, because we are not under the law, but under grace, or shall we then shall we sin because we’re not under law but under grace? Certainly not.

And then, if you look at our text today, Paul says, shall we sin then, is the law of sin or what shall we say then is the loss in again he says here, certainly not the law is not evil. It is not wrong. It is not sinful. We would not have known sin except for the law. So law exposes sin to us. It’s kind of like the X ray machine. The X ray machine reveals what’s there and hidden. But it’s not the fault of the X ray machine that someone’s been diagnosed with something within their body that’s wrong. So you can’t blame the law for exposing the sin within our own hearts. The X ray machine of the law exposes the corrupt nature of our inherited sin. Nature. Here’s an illustration. The law sets the speed limit so that we know exactly what it is that we are doing to break the law. The law says that we’re to drive 100 kilometres an hour and we’re driving 120 we’re breaking the law. We know that we’re breaking the law because the law says that the speed is 100 we might never know that is we are sending we would never know In the areas in which we sin such as covetousness, if the law didn’t show us specifically, what it was that we were doing now consciousness is an interesting sin. And Paul picks it out as the one that really condemned him. The one that revealed that he wasn’t righteous before God, even though he thought he was righteous before God. It was consciousness that showed him that he wasn’t righteous before God. It’s number 10 in the list of the 10 commandments, and yet I’m convinced that it’s embedded in every one of the previous commandments.

Take a look at the first commandment. The first commandment says you shall have no other gods besides me. Now when we have another god besides God Himself, whether it’s money or whether it’s self image, or whether it’s even our children, or whether it’s our career or what have you, we’re essentially saying that we covet a self appreciation or a self sufficiency, even greater than the fact that God declares himself to be God and we’re not submitting to it. It’s a form of consciousness. Next, in our third point,in our problem with the law is that sin corrupts the law. Sin corrupts the law. Take a look at verse eight. But sin taking opportunity by the commandment produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law, sin was dead. Now what Paul’s doing here is he’s describing the dynamic where the Jew is told what not to do, don’t do that. Don’t do this. And don’t do that that was in the mind of the Hebrew. And yet the prohibition becomes ultimately a call to action. Because of our sinful and rebellious hearts.

Let me share this with you.

It’s not the fault of commandment, it’s our fault. In his book confessions, the great theologian and the ancient Church of the ancient church. Augustine described how this dynamic worked in his life as a young man. He goes on to say this, there was a pear tree near to our vineyard, laden with fruit, and one stormy night, we rascal use, set out to rob it and carry our spoils away. We took off a huge load of pears, not to feast upon ourselves, but to throw them at the pigs, though we ate just enough to have the pleasure of forbidden fruit.  There were nice pears, but it was not the pears that my wretched soul coveted, for I had plenty better at home. I picked them simply in order to become a thief. The only feast I got was the feast of iniquity, and that I enjoyed to the full What was it that I loved in the theft was at the pleasure of acting against the law. The desire to steal was awakened simply by the prohibition of stealing. It’s the same in American history, you know, the story of American history in the 20s and the 30s. With the prohibition on alcohol, in many ways, it caused people to drink even more excessively than they had a problem with before. Instead of drinking one or two beers, they would drink a case. Instead of having a glass of wine, they would drink a bottle of wine instead of having a sip. They would drink half a bottle and that’s the case in point that Paul is talking about here. Once God draws a boundary for us, we’re immediately enticed to cross that boundary.

I don’t know about you, but some of you are teachers. I’m not a teacher. I don’t know that about myself, but some of you are teachers in class. classrooms and the more laws that you have within your classroom, the more opportunity it gives for your children to break those laws. In other words, if you have a law that says don’t pick up chalk and throw it at your fellow students, well, when you’re not around and you come back into your classroom, what do you find? Kids throwing chalk at each other, or kids throwing pens at each other. But if that law hadn’t been there, they probably wouldn’t even have thought to pick up that chalk and throw it at someone else. Again, listen carefully. the weakness of the law isn’t the law. It is with us. According to Harrison, the word opportunity here in verse eight is interesting. In the original it’s a military term meaning a base of operations. prohibition furnishes a springboard from which sin is all too ready to take off.

Quoting David Guzik he gives a comical insight into the doctrine that Paul is sharing here and I want to share it with you because it’s so spot on. He writes, a waterfront Hotel in Florida was concerned that many people might try fishing from their balconies. So they put up signs saying, quote, no fishing from the balcony. That constant problems with people fishing from the balconies with lines and sinkers, weights, breaking windows and bothering people in rooms below. They finally solved the problem by simply taking down the signs. And no one thought to fish from the balconies because of our fallen nature, the law can actually work like an invitation to sin. And that is precisely why God gave the law to human beings. Do you realise that there was no law? There was no Old Testament law there was no Moses for a long time between Adam and Moses himself. There were a couple of thousand years between Adam and Moses. So really, people functioned with common sense. Even though they were sinners. They were not fully exposed to what their sin looked like until the law came. And when the law came it exposed that they were outright sinful, and they had a need for a saviour. Again, sin, taking opportunity by the commandment deuced in me, all manner of evil desire, the line was crossed, and you want to put your foot across it.

Don’t go into that room. Well, the first thing that comes to your mind is I’d really like to see what’s in that room. Oh, don’t do this. Well, really, if you tell me that, I’m going to want to do that. That’s why being governed by the Holy Spirit is so much richer than being governed by the law because it deals with our personality. It deals with our conscience. It deals with that which is embedded in our hearts, rather than on the stone pieces, the tablets. In verse eight B Paul says, For apart from the law, sin was dead, apart from the law, sin was dead. In other words, it can take something good and holy. That is sin. Sin can take something good and holy like the law, twist it and promote evil. That’s how wicked sin is. Sin warps love into what? Lust,  sin warps and honest desire to provide for your family into what greed it can take something as beautiful as love and perverted. It can take something as noble as providing for your family and pervert it. Take a look at verse nine. It’s interesting. Paul states his innocence before he knew the law. I was alive once without the law. That’s what Paul the Apostle is saying, a Hebrew of Hebrews, a scholar, a Pharisee. a fantasy simply means a separated one. It’s a good term. It’s kind of been reinvented or the, the the understanding of the word has been reinvented into being a hypocrite. But that’s not true. The original meaning of the word Pharisee was a separated one, a sanctified one. And Paul was a Pharisee he was a sanctified one to the law of God. I was once with I was alive once without the law. But when the law came, when I when I realised that I was covering, sin revived, and I died, Nepal covered it in the past, but he didn’t realise what he was doing was air and when he saw that the sin of covetousness arrested his attention and his marriage before God fell short. He realised that he had a sentence of death on his life very clearly I was alive once without the law.

This is Paul talking from the perspective of now being a Christian looking back on his pious religious endeavours. I was alive once without the law. But when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Morrison his commentary says he’s not alive with the life that the New Testament writers so often speak about. He was alive or is alive in the sense that he was never had has never been put to death as a result of confrontation with the law. And then Linsky in his commentary, says this. He was quite secure amid all his sin and sinfulness, he lived in the sense that the death blow had not yet killed them. He said, secure in the house of his ignorance like a man living on a volcano and thought that all was well. But in verse nine be when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Again.  When we’re made of the law when we’re made aware of the law, the law shows us our guilt.

It excites my rebellion. It excites your rebellion. It excited Paul’s rebellion and bringing forth more sin to death. That is what the law does. Paul experienced it with his sin of covetousness How have you experienced it? How have you been made aware of your shortcomings before God? Well, God exposed you. He exposed you as you began to read the word and you began to see, not only were you in need of a saviour, but you were in need of someone to take away the sin of lust from your eyes, or the sin of covetousness for more money, or the desire that you had to have a higher social standing among the people in your community. Again, I was alive once without the law. When I was ignorant, I felt like I was good.

But when the commandment came when the law came, I was made aware of my sin, sin revived, and I died. I knew I was guilty, and I needed to be made Right with my maker. Finally, our problem with God’s perfect law is found in verses 10 through 12.

And it’s this that sin corrupts the law and it brings death. Let’s read the text in verse 10, through 11. And the commandment which was to bring life I’ve found to bring death for sin, taking occasion by the commandment deceived me, and by it killed me. Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

In verse 10, a, the commandment, which was to bring life I found to bring death, how? Well very simply, the answer is right there for us in the text, sin deceives sin deceives it always has sinned deceived Because it falsely promises satisfaction.

Sin falsely claims inadequate excuse.

And sin also falsely promises and escape from punishment because after all, do we really deserve punishment because I’m actually okay. In verse 11, it says here that sin deceived me, and by it, it killed me. It’s not the law that deceived us. It’s sin that uses the law as an occasion for rebellion. Isn’t that why Jesus simply said this and John eight verse 32, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

When you know the truth, you’re able to parse between that which is right, and that which is wrong. You’ve been given the gift of discernment from the eyes and the mind of God himself. I encourage you always to read your Bibles. And not just to read them, but to study them and to spend time in the Word of God. Because the Word of God has an amazing capacity to search this man’s heart. And to know if there’s any arrogance there.

If there’s any pride is anything that I’m harbouring that is not honouring to God or to my fellow man. And ultimately, when God does that work, I’m able to enter into the humility that Jesus wants me to live by the same humility that was in Christ, a biblical truth is absolutely essential for us to understand if we’re going to be kept from deception. And deception is an interesting word. It’s an interesting reality because those who are deceived, don’t think they’re deceived, unless they’ve got something to line up their actions against and they’re lies the purpose of the law.

Those without the law will measure against all kinds of things, usually the standard within society, or their peer group or their network. But if we measure our standard against God’s standard, we realise that we fall short and we need forgiveness, that we need God’s forgiveness. And we need to take our claim in Christ who is the all sufficient one, and therefore Christ is our sufficiency, to forgive us, to sustain us to give us hope, to give us a hope and a future, to give us a focus in our ministries to give us a focus for life after death. He is our sufficient one, not our own efforts, not our own merits, not the law as Paul tried to find his sufficiency in no doubt a compare of himself against his local peers. No matter how bright you are, or how bright you Might not be crisis sufficient for you if you are in him. And you can just forget the whole comparing game, that you are okay with God, and He is okay with you. That’s why the process of sanctification is so precious to us as believers, because God is constantly taking us back to our first love. The place where we’re made aware of who we really are when we stand before him.

 

Who we really are when we’re alone, who we really are when we are walking down the beach, and it’s just us in our own thoughts. Is their arrogance is their pride or is their humility, knowing that we’re walking along this beach, realising that the God of heaven and the God of Earth, the creator of all that we see, is walking with us in that space, reminding us of His grace and His mercy towards us, when we’re reminded of that And when we embrace that, those that we pass along that beach, we might even find ourselves praying for those that we think about our problems. When we go for a walk all alone, we think about the problems in our life and how they’re going to be solved. And I’m convinced that they can be solved by completely giving them over to God and His sufficiency for us to be able to view those people with the eyes of Christ. That there can be forgiveness, that there’s no harbouring of resentment, that there’s a fresh slate that there’s there’s a liberty of freedom that we can navigate through life because God is with us in our lives. And we can treat people in the same way that God treated them I love the article or not the article but the the passage in Scripture, where Jesus finds himself at the at the watering hole with the woman that had been married. Too many men in the man that she was living with now she wasn’t married to that you talking about the God of heaven? Who knows the heart and the intense of all people sitting at that?

 

Well, at a strange time of the day at midday when most people wouldn’t be there because it was too hot. But this woman approaches the well because if she had come in the evening, when it was cooler in the early morning, they would have been a lot of people there and they would had all kinds of judgments or they would have neglected her and not included her in the conversations that were going on. But Jesus is there and he includes her.

He starts a dialogue with her, and he exposes her but he exposes her with gentleness and kindness, but with truth, and she perceived that he was a prophet, and he didn’t deny that. But what he had to say, really, I believe, converted her soul by a consciousness of what she was doing was sin. And when she leaves, she goes back into the community. And she dialogues with those that were around her in community, and didn’t really care what they thought about her. But what she said was, there’s a prophet who’s at the well, who has told me everything that I have done in my life, he ought to come and see him and come and meet him. And I’m convinced that many didn’t. When we function with humility, we can deal with truth. We can deal with conviction, we can deal with what is sinful, and we can esteem which that which is righteous, but when we do it with humility, we do it in the way that God did it. I believe that our ministries have a potency, first of all grounded in the love of God, the love of people and umbrella with humility because humility is attractive. Humility is attractive in any situation that you find yourself in. Life, coworkers who are humble, you want to be around teammates who are humble and pass the ball so that you can score the goal.

You want to be around them.  Friends that are humble, you want to be with them because they’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and they’ll speak graciously and mercifully towards you. This is what Paul is talking about. This is what it’s about, so that we would know that we are sinners. And we would be exposed to our sin so that we don’t take our sin and make a mountain out of it so that we can look down from that mountain, other people and they’re not meeting our standard. But that sin and the law working together exposes us so that we can go Oh, I am I’m done. I’m like the prophet who declares I’m a man of unclean lips, or how could you use a guy like me? How could you use someone like me? I’m just Terry. I’m just a guy that cruises around and eats the same food that every else eats, I go to work on a Monday morning and I do this, I do that and it’s like, what you want to use a guy like me. I mean, I’m insignificant. But you’re not if you walk in humility, because if you walk in humility and you know who you are, and you know that you are as much a wretch as anyone else, but saved by the grace of God, you will show all kinds of patience for those around you within the church, and those around you who don’t know the Lord yet and watch God use you with lips that are seasoned with love, and mercy and kindness and grace and patience. It’s the fruit of the Spirit. Paul was radically changed from someone who would walk around with all the religious garb throughout town.

And they knew that he was an esteemed student. They knew he was bright. They knew that he was a student amongst Students, and then he comes to Christ. God removes him, I’m convinced for a season because he needed a break. I mean, to show him that you don’t need to dress like that. You don’t need to have all the jargon. You don’t have to have all the, you know, the little bits of how to make yourself look good. He removes him into the desert, and then he introduces him back into society. And I know that Paul did not come back into Jerusalem, or Damascus, or he didn’t go back to anywhere Tarsus or any of the other cities with the dress that he wants war. I’m convinced that Paul lived in the clothes of a tradesman thereafter.

I’m convinced that he found himself travelling, you know, second class. I’m convinced that Paul found himself, you know, eating common food. I’m convinced that Paul found himself hanging out with fishermen hanging out with the other tradesmen around him. Could he roll with high society? Yes. But he wasn’t moved by it. That is absolutely essential for us as Christians, that we value all people and esteem all men and women and children as equal in the eyes of God. Because you know what? When we enter into heaven, we’re all going to be dressed with the same kind of clothing. There’ll be robes of righteousness. But we’re all going to be dressed the same. And I’m also convinced that Jesus will be dressed with the same garments that were dressed with his identification. It’s a society of unity, and the mindset of heaven. At the mindset of Heaven will be love. There’ll be no cliques below me. So separations. That will just be complete inclusion. And Paul wants to bring this into the mindset of the church or when people come into our gathering Whether they’re dressed, you know, in a way that is really or ultra simple or even their clothing smells, we need to give them honour.

And when someone dresses in a nice way or smells really good, we need to give them honour. We need to treat all people as if the King of Heaven himself died for them as an individual, then I believe we exercise, humility. Let’s be careful of pride, folks. Pride will destroy you internally. And it will destroy your witness. It will destroy my witness, as well. One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is to get us to think of sin as something good. That an unpleasant God wants to deprive us of don’t buy into that.

God warns us away from sin. He warns us away from something that will destroy us that will ultimately kill us in verse 12, our closing verse for the day. Therefore the law is holy, it really is. It’s come from heaven. It’s God’s policy. It’s his ways. It’s his instruction, it reflects him. And he’s reflected to us how he wants us to function in holiness. The commandment is holy. And it’s just, it shows us that we don’t really or shouldn’t really be in the presence of God, apart from the grace of God Himself, and it is good. It is there to protect us. It is there to keep us in line with God’s thinking. Paul understands how some might think that he’s against the law, but he’s not against the law. It’s true that we must die to sin according to Romans six, two, and we must die to the law according to Romans seven, four. But that should not be taken to mean that Paul believes that sin and law are in the same basket.

The problem is in us not in the law. Nevertheless, sin corrupts the work or effect of the law, so we must die to bow. In conclusion, our problem with God’s perfect law is us. It’s me, and it’s you. And the sin that is in us in seven a. Paul asked the question is the sin is the law equal to sin?

In b of seven, he says, No, the law is good because it reveals sin to me and it reveals sin to you and it reveals sin Paul. And in verse eight, sin corrupted the law. And in verse nine, Paul in his ignorance, in his state of innocent ignorance, he thought that he was innocent. And finally in verses 10, through 12th, sin corrupts the law and brings death. Listen, the fitting verse of this sermon is the back end here where he says, The law is wholly just in good, but we’re not.

We need to save here. We need Jesus Christ. If you’re listening to this this afternoon, and you’ve never made a decision to follow Jesus. And you’ve grown up in the church. And you’ve seen the system of the church and you’ve seen the pastors and the elders and the deacons and the leaders and even in your home with Christian parents. And you’ve seen arrogance. And maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but if you’ve seen And, and you’ve grown up in it and you might be 35 or 40. And, and your understanding of the church is legalism, or it’s a set of laws and, and traditions of men. I can see how you would be put off by that. But what Paul is saying to us here is that all that legislation, even the law of God is there to point out your sin, to show that you are not all that, that you are a mere man that will be buried and be turned into dust and not too long.

Paul is appealing to you. I’m appealing to you, that you confess your sin. Put down your arrogance or your air of religiosity. Set it aside. Confess to Christ, that you don’t make the mark and you may have never done this before, but you may have sat in the pews For year after year after year thinking that all I’ve got my own persuasion on the things that I hear.

Be careful, confess your sin, confess that you are not better than the person who’s sitting next to confess your sin that You’re no better than the person that has never even attended the church or a church or has never even come to Christ. I encourage you, confess your arrogance. ask Christ to forgive you. Ask him to come into your life and have a fresh understanding, have a rebirth, not into religion or religious religiosity. But into an intimate one on one relationship with Jesus Christ. Let your conscience discovery. But the Word of God leads you let the Spirit of God lead you have a relationship that is intimate view all men as equal under God, I encourage you to make that decision today. confess your sin of arrogance. And come and join the liberated people of God, who are described as the new Israel of God, the church, those who are governed by Christ.

Let’s pray. Lord, we thank you for your word. We thank you for this amazing exposition on the law and the purpose of the law. And our need, even as Israel had a need to see that we are in sin, and that sin needs to be dealt with.

The church should never be a clinic, or a search social hub, where we just hang out with people who we think like us, or friendships just in that circle.

But may we see our lives as vile before you, apart from you that our lives in you are incredibly valuable to you. They’re incredibly valuable to those that we fellowship with on a Sunday, those that we fellowship with in Christ midweek, and that those who don’t know us as Christians would come to know us as people who are peculiar people who have a hope and a future in Christ, and that we would have the opportunity to share it with them one on one, not necessarily inviting them to an event where someone else describes it, or explains it, but where we can explain it.

Because we have known we know what transitioned our lives. We know the truth. We’ve embraced the truth Lord use us to lead men to Christ. did lead women to Christ to lead children to Christ? We ask this in Jesus most holy name, amen.

God bless you guys have a great week.

* Scripture taken from the New King James Version®.   Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.   Used by permission. All rights reserved.