Book of Romans
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How do Christians relate to the Law of God? Since we are saved, can we actually keep the law? What happens when we fail? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us from Romans 7 a birds eye view of how Christians should view this controversial topic in this chapter of Scripture. According to Lloyd-Jones, most problems in the Christian life could be solved if we had a better understanding of Romans chapter 7. With a proper understanding of the teaching of this chapter, the Christian will have a better understanding of sin and it’s severity. Lloyd-Jones states that sanctification by the law is just as impossible as salvation by the Law. According to Paul, the Law actually hinders sanctification. There is only one way to bring fruit before God, and that is if we are married and joined to Jesus Christ. When we understand the relationship of the Law to the Christian, it helps us understand that simple morality and ethical living are not sufficient for salvation or sanctification. One must be joined to Christ for salvation, not simply follow the Law. The Law shows us how sinful we are, but only Christ can save us by His perfect life and His perfect righteousness.
Law in general; the indirect approach; marriage as a picture of the unbeliever's relationship to the Law; four reasons for choosing this illustration; the nature of our death to the Law.
A general definition of the Christian life; a radical change; the tests of life; the centrality of Christ; the body of Christ; crucified and raised.
Union with Christ in His death to the Law; the old husband and the new; loyalty to the new husband; an indissoluble relationship
The privileges of our marriage; our possessions in Christ; His love and care; fruit; the purpose of the union.
The necessity of the change; life in the flesh; passions and lusts; the positive power of sin; the futility of morality
The completeness of the change for all Christians; our discharge from the Law's control; the aim of our deliverance; the new slavery; letter and spirit.
Seven particular differences between the old life and the new; the external and the internal; understanding; letter and spirit; motive; liberty; power; progression to glory.
The vindication of the Law; the preliminary 'law-work'; lusts and sin; the tenth commandment; and Paul's knowledge of sin.
Sin as a power; the Law used as a fulcrum; the slave master; the aggravation of lawlessness; practical conclusions.