Romans & Galatians
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
February 26, 2002
"Law & Sin"

I.   Law and Sin (7:1-2)
A.   "Impersonation" as rhetorical device
1.   Paul is talking to himself
2.   Very common device of rhetoric
B.   The main theme - the law and Gentiles
C.   The Law results in death for Gentiles
1.   Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
2.   If you are inside the law there is grace and forgiveness; if you are outside the law there is really no hope for you
D.   Using Greek to convince Greeks (cf. Euripides' Medea)
1.   Common motif amongst Greek writers
2.   This is not referring to his life before his conversion
3.   Referring not to the destructive aspect of the law but rather weakness
4.   Under the law you know what is right, but it is powerless to do anything
II.   The Metaphor of the Adulteress (7:3-12)
A.   Passions a problem for those outside the law
B.   The law brings a great problem of sin if you are a Gentile
C.   The only release is death - not to the law but to the spouse that held you there
D.   Sounds like a denigration of the law
E.   Gal. 7:12 So that law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good
F.   A commentary on the fall in Genesis 3