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Romans in Outline No. 66

1.1  THE RHETORICAL QUESTION

Romans 7:1

2.1  The dominion of the law

3.1  THE LAW CANNOT SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU

3.2  THE LAW CANNOT HELP YOU

3.3  THE ISSUE

4.1  Previously:   Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no man be justified in his sight…” Justification

4.2  Here:   Romans 7:6

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Sanctification

2.2  The time limits of law

2.3  The law–knowers

3.1  THE JEWISH AUDIENCE

3.2  THE GENTILE AUDIENCE

1.2  THE ILLUSTRATION

Romans 7:2-3

2.1  Not an allegory

2.2  Not a statement on divorce

2.3  But an illustration of a point

1.3  THE APPLICATION

Romans 7:4

2.1  Identification of the characters

3.1  WHO IS THE WIFE?

3.2  WHO IS HUSBAND #2?

3.3  WHO IS HUSBAND #1?

2.2  Who died?

3.1  HUSBAND #1

BUT the law has not died

3.2  THE WIFE

4.1  Verse 4 speaks of being dead to the law

4.2  The one who dies is released from the law

4.3  Death releases the person to be free for a new relationship

2.3  The purpose of the new relationship: fruit

Romans 7:1-4

1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (NKJV)

Romans 6:19-23 - Who Ya’ Goin’ To Serve? ← Prior Section
Romans 7:5-6 - Then — “But Now” Next Section →
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