Principle for Bible Reading
In your Bible reading, an author will often compare two things. It’s important to stop and study everything you learn about how those two things are similar and different. In this lab, Pastor John looks at our slavery to sin and freedom in Christ.
- Two laws are waging war against each other inside of Paul.
- The law of God does its work in a person’s mind (Romans 7:23).
- The law of sin works in a person’s members to cause them to sin (Romans 7:23).
- In spite of the war within us, a great victory has been won by God through Jesus (Romans 7:24–25).
- Our delight in God’s law gives evidence that the victory is ours (Romans 7:22), that is, that we are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Freedom and Slavery? (06:21–10:25)
How can someone be “free in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2) and “serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:25)?
- Notice the first person voice (“I”) throughout these verses. This is Paul.
- Paul says he “delights” in the law of God and that he “serves the law of God.”
- The climax of this passage says that Paul really does serve the law of God, even though his flesh still serves the law of sin (Romans 7:25).
You Are Free (10:25–12:01)
- You have been decisively set free. The battle has been won.
- You have been finally or ultimately set free. It is certain. It will happen.
- You are progressively being set free. You are really being set free, but it will not be finished until later.
- There is, therefore, no condemnation for us. Even though the battle is still being waged within us, Christ has already won the victory for us.
- The freedom we have in Christ is decisive, final, and progressive. We don’t experience it completely now, but it is real for us now and we will have it fully one day.
- Paul talks about different laws at work in us in these verses. What are the differences between them?
- What is the purpose of the “therefore” in Romans 8:1? What is it referring to in the previous verses?
- How can someone be “free in Christ” (Romans 8:2) and still “serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:25)?
Piper: “Because of Jesus’s great victory, there is now no condemnation for you. You are free.”
‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series
This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.