Sunday Sermon Notes: Romans 7
Romans 7: 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not!
- What sends a criminal to prison? The police? A judge? The witness? No, his crime.
- The law condemns the sinner- but the law is still good
- The law makes plain and visible our sin- and therefore informs us of our condemnation
But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good,
- Sin causes death- Eden
- ‘The wages of sin is death’
so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
- The law magnifies sin
- Mother’s wall paper- granddad pointed it upside down.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
- Is Paul describing an unsaved person? They’re unspiritual, a slave to sin, doing evil
- Or a Christian?
- The latter- this person does not want to sin. There’s a battle within them.
- Or what kind of Christian? A legalist? A backslider? Or every believer?
- The law makes us realise our unspiritual and ungodly we are
- The closer I get to God the more aware I am of my own failings
- Imagery of slavery- a slave does what he might not want to, against his own will.
- The master owned the body but not the mind- sin still exercises some power over our fallen bodies, though our spirits belong to God
- Carnal- fleshly: contaminated by sin
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand.
- In my mind I am a servant of God, wanting to be like Christ, wanting to be holy. In practice I am lazy, selfish, a gossip.
- How many times have we asked ‘Why did I do THAT?’
- Understand could mean ‘approve’ in the Greek
- The hypocrite always disapproves of others’ behaviour; The Christian is too busy disapproving of his own.
For what I will to do, that I do not practise; but what I hate, that I do.
- What I aim at and what I hit are two different things
- Losing weight. Found myself eating chocolate. Don’t remember even getting out of the cupboard.
16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
- Returning to his original point.
- We might be caught speeding; we might even be caught speeding by accident; we might be really annoyed if we’re caught; but deep down we know the law of speeding limits is a good law
17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
- Paul is not abdicating personal responsibility- like Greek dualists or ranters. ‘It’s the body’s fault’
- The new creation no longer approves of the sin still resident in the flesh
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
- Our bodies are still contaminated by the Fall. It’s not our bodies that were made new at our conversions
19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
Sin is not just performing badness, but omitting goodness
20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
- Same point as verse 17.
- Like a family friend with Alzheimer’s who becomes aggressive and hostile to her family0 its not her, it’s the illness.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
- A spiritual principle: We might want to be good, but sin is still with us.
22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,
Psalm 1: Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night
- Why are Christians called soldiers? To put on armour? We are at war
- Not with people but our own sin and corruption
and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Proverbs 5:22: The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.
24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
- In indwelling of the Holy Spirit
- Growth in grace
- Death itself
1 Cor 15: So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonour; git is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
The Christian is always torn between the old life, the flesh, and the new life, godliness.