Romans 7-6 The Spirit Battling the Flesh

Consequences for our Salvation by Faith – The Spirit Battling the Flesh                                               ROMANS 7-Part 6 (concl)

Paul starts talking about the consequences of being saved and yet we’re still in this fleshly body. He describes the conflict in the next passage:

Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)

15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will (want) to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If then, I do what I will not (do not want) to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will (want) is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will (want) to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not (do not want) to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not (do not want) to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Paul speaks of himself here, but he is describing the experience of every Christian. First, we see ourselves sinning. Coming to faith and coming through that process, we come out of that process and we go back to regular life so to speak. You get done with the altar call and you start going to church and you fall into regular Christian life whatever that looks like for you. Continue reading

Romans 7-5 Consequences for our Salvation by Faith

faithConsequences for our Salvation by Faith – The Law Cannot Save Us                                                          ROMANS 7 – Part 5

Romans 7:9-12 (NKJV)

I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Conversely, in verse 9, Paul says he was “alive” apart from the Law. He means he was ignorant of his own sin. Alive means being self-righteous, thinking yourself approved before God because you are too foolish and ignorant to know how much sin you really have. But then as the Law is made known in his heart, Paul says two things happened to him. First, he said sin became alive him. It was awakened to the possibilities of opposing God, like a sleeping lion aroused by an intruder. Once your flesh understands what God wants or doesn’t want you suddenly have a plan of action against Him. And secondly, Continue reading

Romans 7-4 Our Sin Nature is to Oppose God

oppose GodConsequences for our Salvation by Faith – Our Sin Nature is to Oppose God                                         ROMANS 7 – Part 4

But now Paul moves us to the second consequence for the body. Before he does that, Paul stops to address an obvious question. What he is going to do in the transition is he is going to is address an obvious question that emerges from the first part of this teaching. And the way he addresses it he will move us directly into that second consequence. Back in verse 5, Paul said that while we were in the flesh (meaning still unbelieving) the sinful passions in our flesh led us into sin. Continue reading

Romans 7-3 Our Relationship to the Law

relationship to the lawConsequences for our Salvation by Faith – Our Relationship to the Law God gave to Israel                         ROMANS 7 – Part 3

Some Jews in the church will continue living under the Law or parts of it voluntarily, but they do so for their own sake, they were not doing it because God wanted them to do it. They weren’t doing it just to please God. God has not placed them under that obligation. In fact, through Christ’s death, God has freed them from that obligation. And that’s why Paul tells the church elsewhere in his letters not submit themselves again to this yoke of slavery (the Law) that they have been freed from. He said in Colossians 2:20 – Continue reading