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2016 August 29

Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle (1872)
Arnold Bocklin (1827-1901)
Symbolism Style
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In Romans 7 Paul discusses our struggle with sin. He begins by stating that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives. He compares it to the obligations which a woman has to her husband until he dies. After he dies she is free to marry someone else. But, if she marries another while her husband lives, she commits adultery. Likewise, we are dead to the law and are free to marry Christ and bring forth fruit unto God. Prior to our union with Christ, sin worked in us producing death. But we are now free to serve in newness of spirit, rather than in the oldness of the letter (1-6). This does not mean that the law is sinful. Rather, it reveals sin in us. Sin produces death. The law is holy, just, and good (7-12). It reveals sin, and sin is deadly. The law is spiritual. But I am carnal, sold to sin. Because of sin, I do things that I do not want to do. Sin lures me, and because it is deadly, death lures me. Indwelling sin does this, not external sin (13-20). Within me is a law (a principal) that when I want to do good I do evil. I delight in God's law inwardly, but I am captive to the law of sin which is within my members. I am wretched. Who will deliver me? Jesus Christ, our Lord, will deliver me from the dilemma of serving the law of God with the mind but serving the law of sin with the flesh (21-25).
     [Sermons: Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Fred A Malone. Eric Alexander 1. Eric Alexander 2. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's image is of a man summoned by death into a dance of death. Symbolically, this was Paul's dilemma in today's chapter. He was constantly lured by sin, so he was lured by death because sin is deadly. Here is a link to a musical version of this dance of death by Saint-Saens. It combines the sinister and the alluring, just as sin does in its operations within us. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Romans 7:1-6: 1 Corinthians 7:8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; 1 Corinthians 7:39-40; 2 Corinthians 3:1-18; Galatians 2:15-21; Galatians 3:21-25; Philippians 3:2-11. Romans 7:7-13: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Galatians 1:13-14; Galatians 3:21-25; Philippians 3:2-11. Romans 7:14-25: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16-26; Philippians 3:2-11. ]
     NOTE: The parallels above are based in a very small part on my own research but principally on the following sources:
     Fred O Francis and J. Paul Sampley, Pauline Parallels, Second Edition. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 1984).
     Most of the material on Hebrews is from an online article titled Pauline parallels in Hebrews taken from Charles H. Welch and Stuart Allen Welch, Perfection Or Perdition? An Exposition Of The Epistle To The Hebrews, (London: Berean Publishing Trust, 1973). ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Romans 7

2. Sanctification (Romans 6:1 - Romans 8:39) - 55 A.D. Corinth

     1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid [do not let it be]. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid [do not let it be]. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

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