Summary of passage: We are freed from sin thanks to our obedience to God.
8 ) Part personal Question. My answer: You obey because you love God. You obey out of reverence. The Holy Spirit abhors sin and you flee towards God and obedience. The opposite is you have a hard heart and you hate God. Hence, you disobey and rebel. Following the rules is going through the motions and is motivated by a fear of repercussions. God frees us; there are no repercussions if we confess our sins and give them to Jesus. We want to obey as opposed to being forced to obey. My actions: from the heart.
9) The pattern of teaching is the teaching of the Word that is stamped (allegiance) on our heart.
10) Personal question that I’m sick of answering: Freedom to pray. To believe. To serve. To evangelize. Freedom from fear. Freedom from hell. Freedom from worry.
Conclusions: I don’t think BSF changed Question 9 because my NIV version does not use any of the words in quotes. See my End Notes discussion on God’s mold for us. Wish BSF would have asked about that instead of Question 10.
End Notes: Paul puts it in the past tense because we have been freed from our slavery to sin. He also says that we have been set free by faith, which he describes as “wholeheartedly obeyed”. The faith is put in God’s Word, which he describes as that form of teaching. With faith in God and His word, you are set free. Now live every day consistent with that freedom.
In Romans 6, we can be legally free and still choose to live like a prisoner. Paul has a simple command and encouragement for the Christian: be what you are.
Faith comes from the heart, not only the mind, and obedience is the result
The word “form” describes a mold used to shape molten metal. The idea is that God wants to shape us – first He melts us by the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Then He pours us into His mold of truth – and shapes us into His image.
Adam Clarke on that form of doctrine or teaching: “Here Christianity is represented under the notion of a mould, or die, into which they were cast, and from which they took the impression of its excellence. The figure upon this die is the image of God, righteousness and true holiness, which was stamped on their souls in believing the Gospel and receiving the Holy Ghost. The words . . . refer to the melting of metal, which, when it is liquefied, is cast into the mould, that it may receive the impression that is sunk or cut in the mould; and therefore the words may be literally translated, into which mould of doctrine ye have been cast. They were melted down under the preaching of the word, and then were capable of receiving the stamp of its purity.”
Verse 18 answers the question in verse 15. Righteousness is now in charge, not sin. We are born again as slaves (willing servants) to righteousness as Jesus’s death broke the bonds of sin. We willingly serve Jesus and we never have to sin again although we will as long as we’re in the flesh. It’s resisting one temptation at a time. We can live free!