1) Study Romans 7:1-13. What does the term "Law" mean? What
does the Law encompass?
The Mosaic Law is an extensive set of regulations that come directly from God, which is the
unique feature of this law. Through Moses, God taught the Jews that they were to be holy people and set apart from
pagan immorality and idolatry. These laws can be viewed as having three sections: a) commandments that refer to moral
laws, b) judgments that refer to social laws, and c) ordinances that refer to the Tabernacle and worship laws.
2) In Romans 7:1-13, list the verses / phrases associated
with the "Law." How do you reconcile the contradictions? How should Christians view the Law?
(v.1) …, that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?
(v.4) …, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be
joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead,…
(v.5) For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were
at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
(v.6) But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound,…
(v.7) …Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin
except through the Law:…
(v.12) So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
The Mosaic Law was not sin, instead the Law taught man what sin was, human behavior that was
innately unbecoming for holiness. When Christ died for man's sins, these moral principles remain as God intended;
however, Christians were no longer obligated to live by the Mosaic Law.
3) What is the purpose of the Law? Was it meant for salvation? How is this reconciled with
The Mosaic Law was for the Jews before Christ. It had two purposes: 1) the Law taught holiness
by identifying sin which by its standard, deterred and condemned. The Law was, in essence, God's code of conduct;
it was never meant for salvation. 2) The Law provided the means by which one may acceptably "cover" their sins.
This ultimately revealed that man's sinful nature could never, on his own effort, meet God's standard. Each sin
had to be atoned for over and over with each occurrence. With Christ, God provided the means for a single
everlasting atonement for the complete forgiveness of sin. Jesus Christ brought a new perspective, in lieu of
life by the Law, a new life by the Spirit.