The Knowledge of Sin
Read Romans 3:20 and 7:7.
- If we are in need of the gospel, how do we become aware of that need?
- According to Romans 3:20, what purpose does God’s Law serve? Why would God create a Law for such a purpose?
According to Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40, what does God’s law require of us?
- The Ten Commandments are often seen as a summary of God’s law (see Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-21) How can they be organized into these categories?
- How do Deut. 6:5 and Galatians 5:14 amplify what Jesus taught?
Can someone perfectly keep the commands of God? Why or why not?
- Examine these passages passages to help explain your answer: Romans 3:10-12, 23; 1 John 1:8, 10; Romans 7:7-25; and Ephesians 2:1-3, 11-12
What is sin? What is sinfulness? Is there a difference?
In 2 Chronicles 34:1-21, how did the law teach a knowledge of sin to the king and the people?
In lesson one, we learned how, in the gospel, we belong to Christ. Thus, God lays claim to our whole lives. How do God’s commands (especially the Law) teach this?
If Christians have the Holy Spirit, why do they continue to sin?
In light of what you have learned about sin, why is the gospel so important?
How could you teach someone about sin and the gospel?
How could you instruct a Christian who believes that their “sin” has been taken care of through their baptism and that the “small sins” don’t really matter?