Monday, May 25

Who will free me?

Scripture: Proverbs 1-3, Romans 7

Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

Romans 7:24–25 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Observation

In Romans 7, Paul again contrasts the Law and the Gospel.  Ant the end of his argument, he poses the Question: “Who will free me from sin and death?”  

The Law (meaning the law of the Jewish covenant—what we call the Old Testament law) is powerless to free us from sin.  In fact, Paul argues that sin took advantage of the Law and used it to stir up sinful desires in us.  (Imagine a sign on window that said, “Don’t look in here.”  What would you do?  You’d look!  The sign stirred up the desire.  “I wonder what’s in there?”). So the Law not only can’t free us from sin; it is actually used by sin to enslave us!

So if the Law—knowing and following the rules—can’t free us from sin, what can?

He answers in v. 25.  “Thank God!  The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Jesus did for us what the Law could never do, and what we could never do on our own.  He frees us from the power of sin and gives us the power of a new life in the Spirit. 

V. 6: “Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.”

Instead of having an external rule to live by, we have the internal prompting and power of the Holy Spirit.  

Imagine having a set of directions to go somewhere.  It’s complicated, and while you’re looking at the directions, you’re likely to miss a turn.  How much better would it be to have someone with you who knew the way, and personally directed you?  External vs. internal.  On your own vs. a helper who is always there.  

The Law was that set of directions we could never follow.  The Spirit is the Helper who is always there.  

Application

Today, I will invite the Spirit to fill me and lead me, and I will listen to His promptings.  I will live in the Spirit!

Prayer: Remind Lord when I am busy to listen for Your leading in my life.  Thank you for freeing me and empowering me!