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Paul's Spiritual Battle (8 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, August 16, 2009
TEXT: Romans 7:1-25
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson tonight, Paul uses marriage as a metaphor to explain man's connection to the Old Testament Law. When we were under the Law, it was as if we were married to it. When Christ fulfilled the Law and sacrificed Himself for us, the Law died. In the Bible, if a husband died, the woman was free to re-marry. When we became Christians, we were released from the Law and were married to Christ. Ephes. 2:15 says, "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace." Paul said in 2 Cor. 11:2, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
Let's look at our outline…
I. BOUND BY THE LAW (VV. 1-3)
A. The Strength of Marriage (vv. 1, 2)
1. In the Bible, the laws were very strict concerning marriage and divorce. The laws concerning divorce in this country used to be very strict, but not anymore. It used to be that a 2-year waiting period was required before a couple could divorce. This gave people time to think things over. Many marriages were saved because of this law. Of course, that's not the requirement today. A man might divorce his wife over burnt toast. Supposedly a true story: A guy stormed out the door. His final words were; "Thirty years of burnt toast? I'm out of here!" Apparently, he had reached his limit.
2. Paul said in vs. 1 that the law had dominion over a man as long as he lived. From the time of Moses and the giving of the law, the law was in effect until the time of Christ. The law was God's standard and expectation. All Jews were required to abide by its tenets. As the people were required to submit to the law, so the woman was required to submit to her husband. I know t ...
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