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

Romans 7-2 Why We are no Longer Under the Law

under the lawConsequences for our Salvation by Faith – In Our new relationship with God we are no Longer Under the  Law God gave to Israel               ROMANS 7 – Part 2

Transitioning to this latest post we need to back up and review the end of Part 1. As the context continues about covenants. When Israel entered into the Old Covenant and future generations of Israel were to follow the Law given through that covenant. But in the case of a covenant, the terms are binding until death. Covenants do not expire and cannot be canceled. You cannot quit a covenant, because Biblical covenants by Biblical definition are for life. So in order for a covenant to end, a death is required. And Paul builds on this principle to explain our relationship change to the Law when we became believing. He is using the example of a covenant of marriage in this case.

In verse 2 Paul says that if while a woman’s husband is living she is joined to another man (i.e., remarries), then she shall be called an adulteress. A marriage is a covenant, Continue reading

Romans 7-Our Relationship to the Law God Gave Israel

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

Moving ahead in exploring the ramifications of salvation by faith. Previously we studied the implications of our salvation for our spirit. (See Romans 6) We learned that our spirit has been made new in Christ. You now share His perfect spirit and you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you. So as you live today, you are alive in Christ, spiritually new and forever changed. There are still many more profound consequences of having been born again spiritually. Paul is moving to explain those consequences. Now, Paul covers two more of those consequences of having been made new and alive in Christ. Continue reading