In chapter 7, Paul explains the relationship that a believer has with the law of God.  I introduced the subject of the law last week as we considered what Paul meant when he said that believers are not under law but under grace.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, I showed you that it does not imply that we are outlaws.  We are no longer under the condemnation of the law for failure of having not lived up to the law’s demands.  Before you became a Christian, you were under the condemnation of the law.  You stood guilty before God as a lawbreaker.  No matter how hard you tried, you could not be righteous or live righteously, and it was impossible for you to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law.  But when you placed your faith in Jesus, you were forgiven and declared righteous on the basis of faith.  His righteousness was deposited into your account.

Now that this is true of you as a believer, does it mean you are free to completely disregard God’s moral law?  The answer is no.  Evidence that you have been truly saved is that you will long to obey His law because it has now been written upon your heart.  And as we will see, God has also given you the Holy Spirit who enables your obedience.