Summary of passage: The purpose of the law was to show man his sin more so that God could show man His need for grace and a Savior more.
10a) If no one states the rules/laws, how would you know you are breaking them? How would you know what God expects if He doesn’t state it? Sin needed to be defined. One can’t rely on self (which is full of sin) to say what’s right and wrong. The law amplified our sins, showed us our need for a Savior, and in God’s perfect timing (when man was ripe to receive), God sent Jesus to save us.
The law draws clear lines between right and wrong and man (like little kids) want to cross those lines to test what they can get away with. Hence, man sins even more because of man’s sinful nature.
b) Personal Question. My answer: As more and more sins are acceptable or tolerated (i.e. homosexuality, murder, rape, etc) more and more people follow the crowd and the power of crowd mentality. As thus, our need for a Savior grows as our sins grow.
11) Personal Question that really shouldn’t be asked. My answer: Generically, I know I’m a faulty parent. I also know I’m a good parent. But with God’s grace He’ll overcome my sins in my parenting and allow my children to grow up to awesome individuals.
12) Heaven(Kingdom of God/Jesus where grace reigns through righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus) and hell (Kingdom of Satan where sin leads to death). They dwell permanently in each.
Conclusions: Again, too little here to justify 4 questions (hence the personal nature of such). Anyone else wish BSF would cut the study instead of add “fillers” to lengthen it? 6 months would be good. Then they could throw on Galatians or something smaller to make it a full year.
End Notes: Compared to God’s holy standard, sin stands in stark contrast, which was the purpose of the law so man could see that. However, God’s grace super-abounds (“increased all the more”) to cover man’s sins. Thus, we can’t sin more than God can forgive. However, we can reject his forgiveness.
Sin reigns in death. Grace reigns through righteousness, granting eternal life, because of Jesus. Titus 2:11-12 tells us how to live (not sinning purposely) but living righteously.
Grace is not a license to sin. Grace challenges us to overcome it through the power of Jesus!