What Shall We Say?
Love, it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.
There is a design,
A cry of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be.
-Mumford & Sons
The purpose of God's law in man's original estate was not to give occasion to sin but to
direct and regulate man's life in the path of righteousness and, therefore, to guard and
promote life. By reason of sin, however, that same law promotes death, in that it gives
occasion to sin. And the wages of sin is death. The more law is registered in our
consciousness the more sin is aroused to action, and law, merely as law, can exercise no
restraining or remedial effect.
The law, God's good, holy, and spiritual gift, has been turned into an instrument of sin
because of the "fleshiness" of people. It is therefore unable to deliver a person from the
power of sin, and people who look to it for such deliverance will only experience frustration
and ultimate condemnation.
1. Think of your own journey to faith in Christ. How do you see the truths of these verses
in your own life?
2. How, and why, is it helpful to be reminded that the commandments are about internal
attitudes BEFORE they are about external behaviors?
3.) Are there ways you are tempted to have a pharisaical view of God's law, and of the
4.) While Romans 7:7-13 is talking about the 10 Commandments as "the law", even non-
religious folk have "must obey laws". What are some of these you see at play in our day?
5.) How does Jesus' obedience & suffering change your understanding of the law and sin?