Devotional Notes Romans 7
B1 What does this mean?
C1 We Are Not Under the Law but Are Under Jesus
D1 Law refers to Mosaic Law. Jesus has a new law for us to follow. D2 Brothers in verse 1 refer to fellow Jews.
D3 Verses 1-3 give an illustration from the Law. A married woman is bound by Mosaic Law to remain married. If she divorces and marries another man, she is an adulteress. But, the Law clearly notes that if her husband dies, then she is free to marry and is not an adulteress.
D4 Verses 4-6
E1 Show when those married (bound) to Mosaic law have died with Jesus Christ, now they are free from that law to serve Jesus’s laws.
E2 Consider some of the fruit from verse 4: Galatians 5:22-26 WEL But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also conform to the Spirit. 26 Let us not be longing for empty praise, irritating one another, and envying one another.
E3 Consider some of the fruit of death: Galatians 5:19-21 WEL Now the works of the flesh are obvious. They are adultery, sexual sins, moral corruption, unrestrained lust, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, provoking jealousy, hot anger, pushing to be first, selfish scheming, dissensions, heresy, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, wild partying, and so on, about which I have told you before, and as I have also told you in the past that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
C2 Teaching About Our Spiritual Nature and our Fleshly Nature
D1 Mosaic Law brought death because the penalty for breaking the law was death. So, the Apostle asks if the Law is sinful because of the outcome.
D2 The importance of the Law was that it exposed people’s sin, so that I could repent and ask God for forgiveness.
D3 Came to life, that is, revealed. I knew I was a sinner.
D4 Because the Law exposed, revealed, uncovered, made me aware of sin, I could repent and believe, calling on the name of the Lord.
D5 Note, slave to sin.
E1 We are addicted and cannot free ourselves. Even if we do not want to sin, the principle is there and is usually stronger than reason. Consider how people would not murder, but some will if the reward is great enough.
F1 The heart is the core of our being. It has our emotions, our will, our motives, etc.
F2 It is incurable: Jeremiah 17:9 NLT the human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
F3 Our sin nature is inherited: Psalm 51:5 NLT For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
E2 Sold to sin
F1 The Greek word for sold is πιπράσκω pipráskō. It means to sell including being sold as a slave. We are a slave to sin.
F2 John 8:34 NLT Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.
F3 Galatians 4:3 NLT and that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.
D6 Nothing good living in me, so I am completely corrupt and guilty. The will is as corrupt as the flesh. Will and flesh refer to desires.
D7 Paul is a believer, but his flesh is still bound to sin. The regenerated heart is not bound to sin. So, there is the struggle.
E1 Romans 7:18 NIV For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
F1 The desire a Christian to do right originates from the new heart which seeks God and His kingdom.
F2 The flesh still exerts its desires.
E2 Galatians 5:17 NLT the sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
E3 The Holy Spirit giving grace gives us strength and the way to avoid sin.
F1 1 Corinthians 10:13 EMTV No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, He will also make the way out, so as for you to be able to bear it.
F2 Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
F3 Hebrews 4:16 NIV Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
F4 2 Corinthians 12:9 NET But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
D8 Verses 24-25
E1 Paul wonders who is the one who can help him?
E2 Then Paul answers his own question.
E3 Psalm 100:4-5 NIV Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
D1 What is the principle of sin in our lives?
D2 How are we enslaved to sin?
D3 How can a Christian struggle between the flesh’s desire to sin and our new spirit’s desire to do God’s will?
How do I apply this to my life? O give us this grace, O Lord.
Posted by Choco at 14:29 on 18 Jul 20
Labels: Christian struggle with sin, Epistle of Romans