With great emotion and clarity, Paul has responded to criticisms like he is teaching lawlessness or preaching conscience-free sinning. He has repeatedly said, “May it never be!” or “Certainly not!”. He has then proceeded to appeal to clear gospel knowledge that should be known by every believer. In Romans 7:1-6 Paul continues the defense he has made in chapter 6 and frames it with a new metaphor. The metaphor of marriage.