Romans 7

Author

Joel King

Scripture

Romans 7:1-25

Observations

· Paul continues to talk about the Christians relationship to the law
· He reminds those familiar with the law that it only applies as long as a person is living
· For example a woman is legally bound to her husband as long as he lives, but if he dies she is free from the marriage contract
· If she marries another man while her husband is alive she is an adulterous, but if she does so after he has died she is not.
· Likewise, our old self died with Christ and is no longer committed to fulfilling the law, but our new commitment is to God and will be shown by the fruit of our lives
· For we used to be controlled by our destructive appetites and the end result was they led us towards physical, emotional, and spiritual death
· But now we have died to that old relationship with our appetites and now we can serve the Holy Spirit which leads us to life
· There is nothing wrong with the law for it highlighted the sin problem
· When the law said don’t covet, it pointed out that we were very covetous and that desire was leading to death
· The commandment was pointing the way to the way I should live, but it really highlighted the fact that I couldn’t live that way and was on the road to death
· So the commandments of God and the Law are good and holy
· The law is spiritual, but our flesh is not spiritual and is powerless over our desires
· Paul does not understand himself for the things he wants to do, he doesn’t do. Then the things he hates, he ends up doing
· When I don’t do the things I want to do, I show the law is good because it is something I desire to do even if I don’t
· Paul knows that nothing in the desires of the body is good because he can’t get it to do the good he wants it to do
· His experience is that the good he plans on doing he doesn’t do, and the bad he intends to avoid he doesn’t
· He concludes that if he desires to do good but doesn’t, it is because of the power that sin has over the old self
· He finds that when he wants to do good that the desire to do evil is right there as well
· In his inner soul he desires to do the good in God’s law
· But there is something else in his fleshly desires that works against his best efforts and makes him a prisoner of those desires
· He feels terrible, and cries out – Who can save me from myself!
· The he gives praise to God for Jesus the Messiah (because of Jesus he can do the good he wants to do)
· He concludes that though the flesh desires to sin, through Jesus his mind now desires to do God’s good

Application

· It is important to understand the struggle between our natural desires and the new nature we have is real
· When we put our faith in Christ the old nature does not disappear, but we do gain a choice not to follow its destructive desires
· I must keep my mind on Christ, and allow him to help me say yes to the new nature moment by moment

Prayer

Father,
I thank you for freedom. Forgive me for indulging the old nature and forgetting that I now have a choice. Continue to strengthen me and show me how to live moment by moment in reliance on the Holy Spirit. Renew my mind that I might live more and more in your ways and for your glory. May those around me see your power as I overcome my old self and become more loving like Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Why would I dwell in sinful garbage when newness of life is at hand? I am going to ask
myself that question today when temptation comes knocking at my door.

Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 5:25 AM

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