17/7/2016 LESSON 7
THE LAW IS POWERLESS TO SAVE
Quarter’s Theme: BASIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES
Unit 2 – The Believers’ Justification And Admonition To Sinners (Lessons 5-9)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 159, 165
Devotional Reading: GAL. 3:19-25
Topic For Adults
YOU CANNOT MAKE HEAVEN THROUGH KEEPING THE LAW
Topic For Youths
YOU NEED DIVINE POWER TO OVERCOME SIN
Topic For Intermediates
SAVED BY GRACE ALONE
ROM. 7:4-12, 21-25
But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. (Rom. 7:6) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Delivered From The Law
Paul uses the analogy of the law of marriage to illustrate the covenant between man and God. Once the husband dies, the woman is no longer under the control of the law which binds her to the husband. Similarly, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross brought to an end the rule of the law in the relationship between man and God. Believers in Jesus Christ are no longer under the bondage which the law puts on them. They are dead to the law, and are therefore free from its curse. Before the death of Jesus Christ, man could only relate to God through the law, striving to please God by working out his own righteousness through the observance of the law. Once Jesus offered Himself on the cross, a new and living way was created through which man can obtain righteousness before God – through the blood of the new covenant.
Point of Emphasis: Believers are dead to the law, and are therefore delivered from its curse.
Prayer Point: In Jesus’ name I declare that sin shall no longer have dominion over me, for I am no longer under the law.