SOAP Study - July 3, 2020
7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”[a] 8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. 9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. 11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.
13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.
PERSONAL SOAP STUDY
- What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
- What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
- How should this information impact your life?
- What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
- Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.
STAFF SOAP STUDY
I really like how Paul has a habit of lobbing up questions that he knows is showing up in the theology of the Roman church and then immediately dunking them with “Absolutely not!” “Is the law sin? Absolutely not!” “Did what is good become death to me? Absolutely not!” This is why we need the whole Bible. We need the Old Testament and the New Testament together. We need the law, and we need the Gospel. God gave us the law, so that we would recognize sin, whenever we saw it in others and definitely in our very lives. Without the law, we don’t have a picture of sin. Yes, Cain knew that it was wrong to murder his brother, Abel. Even Abimelech knows that it is wrong to commit adultery with another man’s wife back in Genesis 20. But, when those 10 commandments come in Exodus 20, the picture of sin becomes clear. When we cross this line, there will be consequences not just with God but with those around us. Every prophet has been able to spoke on God’s behalf to God’s people and call out their sins according to the law God gave us. The Old Testament tells me from what I needed to be saved. In the New Testament, God gives us God’s living and breathing Gospel in Jesus! The Good News tells me that I have been saved by Jesus on the cross and that I need to accept these mighty saving deeds. Without the law, I don’t know what sin looks like. Without the law, I can’t tell the difference between the old man of Rocky and the new man in Christ. The law does not make us sin. The law shows us ourselves without Christ. In the mirror of the law, I can see the sinner. But in the Gospel of Jesus, I can see the sinner redeemed by grace and repurposed to live unashamed of God’s Gospel giving it to whomever I can.
Don’t be afraid to give people the whole story. Yes, we lived under the perfect law of God where we were constantly brought face-to-face with our sin. We looked into the mirror and saw ourselves for who we truly were. The whole story is important. Without it, we know that we are saved, but do we know from what? Don’t be afraid to talk with people about the “sin” word. If we don’t, can we really say that we love them? Is there any good that comes from keeping the truth in grace from anyone? Show people that we were sinners in need of a Savior, and then tell them that the Savior came and will come back again in final victory!
LORD, thank you for being a true friend to me! Thank you for telling me the tough truths that I don’t want to hear but I need to hear. I am in need of a Savior because the law showed me how great my sin was in my life. And, you came and set me free! Now, I don’t live in bondage to the law. I don’t live chained to sin. Instead, I live chained to you because you willingly tied yourself to this sinner. Thank you for not being ashamed to be with me! Thank you for helping me not to be ashamed of me! Help me so that others will know that there is freedom in you! Help me so that others will know that you are for them, too!