Much of our discussion so far has centered on the Torah, God's Law as revealed through Moses to Israel. However, it is here, in chapter 7 of Romans that we begin to see clearly what the functions of the law are, both for unbelievers and believers alike. A thematic review of Romans as we have seen it so far sets the stage for this discussion. Also treated in this classroom session are the subjects of original sin and the age of accountability.
Boundaries exploration, consequences, even learning to live completely without sin, although a good thing in and of itself, is not the answer to what God is trying to achieve in human history. God's plan goes beyond "fallen people doing better." His plan, which He will accomplish, is to call a people of His own, and nothing less than complete innocence - the original condition in which we were created - will suffice. So, while the law is good, and while it does expose the sin in our lives, it is powerless to prevent or correct that condition.
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