• Romans 6:15-7:12

Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:15-7:6)?

  • No! If we go back to sin, we’re a slave to sin.
Old Master Old Result New Master New Result
Sin (Romans 6:16) Resulting in death (Romans 6:16) Obedience (Romans 6:16) Resulting in righteousness (Romans 6:16)
You were slaves of sin (Romans 6:17) You become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18)
Slaves to impurity and to lawlessness (Romans 6:19) Resulting further (Romans 6:19) Slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:19) Resulting in sanctification (Romans 6:19)
You were slaves of sin (Romans 6:20) Death (Romans 6:21) Enslaved to God (Romans 6:22) Eternal life (Romans 6:22)
Sin (Romans 6:23) Death (Romans 6:23) God (Romans 6:23) Eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)
  • This chapter strongly refutes the Calvinist idea that obedience is not necessary for salvation.
  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20 – Choose life! God is laying out the possible choices and the outcomes here just as He does in Romans 6.
  • Romans 7:1-6 – Just like a widow is released from the law concerning her husband and many marry another, so the Jews died to the Law of Moses (and all people died to any law system, Romans 3:20-22) and can be joined to Christ.

Is the Law sin (Romans 7:7-12)?

  • God’s law showed us what is sin. The law itself is not sin.
  • Galatians 3:19
  • Once we know the law, we start recognizing sin within ourselves. The sin was there the whole time, but we suddenly start realizing it.
  • Deuteronomy 6:24 – God’s law is for our own good!