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
Consequences for our Salvation by Faith – The Law Cannot Save Us ROMANS 7 – Part 5
Romans 7:9-12 (NKJV)
9 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