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  1. Please stand. Turn to Romans 7:5-25. The War Within

  2. Please use a pew Bible if you didn’t bring a Bible with you. Pg. 834

  3. Flesh • There are a few ways the word flesh is used in the Bible. • “And the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). • Man’s physical being • “In the flesh” • Sinful sphere of fallen mankind

  4. Background • Romans 7:5 • “For when we were in the flesh, the motions [passions] of sins, which were [awakened] by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” My Flesh + a Rule = a “Potential” Conflict

  5. Sin A Rule My Flesh My Flesh + a Rule = A “Potential” Conflict

  6. James 4:1 • “From whence come wars and fightings among you?” • What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? • “come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” • Is it not that your passions are at war within you?

  7. Under Grace • Romans 7:6 • “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; • that we should serve [without a choice] in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. New Covenant Dispensation of Grace

  8. In this dispensation of Grace, what should my view of the law be?

  9. Romans 7:7 • “What shall we say then? • Is the law sin? God forbid. • Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”

  10. The law is NOT at fault—my sin nature is. See vs. 8.

  11. Romans 7:8 • “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence [strong desires]. • For without the law sin was dead.” So then should we just eliminate the law?

  12. No • The law serves to reveal: • God’s standard of righteousness • The depth of my depravity • How much I need help Do you see this in a personal way?

  13. Paul’s Testimony • Romans 7:9-11 • “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.”

  14. Sin’s Deception A person who is deceived into thinking he is acceptable to God because of his own merit and good works will see no need of salvation and no reason for trusting in Christ. - J. M.

  15. Paul’s Testimony • Romans 7:9-11 • “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.”

  16. When? Has there been a time when you saw yourself as dead?

  17. Romans 7:7 & 12 • Vs. 7 • “What shall we say then? Is the law sin?” • Vs. 12 • “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” The issue is not with the law!

  18. We don’t blame the RR crossing for the wreck. Likewise, I don’t blame the law for my sin problem.

  19. Paul explains in verses 14-25 that the issue is him and his flesh.

  20. Some suggest that this is NOT Paul, but the subject is an unbeliever who needs to be to be delivered from sin.

  21. Paul’s Struggle • This is Paul getting really transparent with us about his own, personal battle with sin. • There are 46 first-person, singular nouns or pronouns in vs. 7-25. • We see Paul’s maturity as a believer because of his concern over personal sin.

  22. Lament #1 • Romans 7:14-15 • “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. • For that which I do I allow not: • (For I do not understand my own actions) • for what I would, that do I not; • but what I hate, that do I.”

  23. Can you relate to Paul’s inability to understand his own actions? Do you ever get so frustrated with your inability to overcome sin?

  24. For Example • Selfish • Ungrateful • Bitter • Rude • Prejudiced • Unforgiving • Overly Sensitive • Anxious

  25. Lament #1 • Romans 7:16-17 • “If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. • Now then it is no more I that do it, • but sin that dwelleth in me.” This is the flesh. The “I” is the new creature in Christ!

  26. Matthew Henry says thisconcerning vs. 14-25: “Here is a description of the conflict between grace and corruption in the heart, between the law of God and the law of sin.”

  27. The War Within The Flesh New Creature

  28. Commentary The more seriously a Christian strives to live from grace and to submit to the discipline of the gospel, the more sensitive he becomes to . . . the fact that even his very best acts and activities are disfigured by the egotism which is still powerful within him—and no less evil because it is often more subtly disguised than formerly. - C.E.B Cranfield

  29. Lament #2 • Romans 7:18-20 • “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: • for to will is present with me; • but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

  30. Lament #2 • Romans 7:18-20 • “For the good that I would, • I do not: • but the evil which I would not, • that I do. • Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

  31. Someone fears, “If I were saved, I would not ‘sin’ as I do”; Paul says, “It is sin living in you that sins.”

  32. General Rule Lament #3 • Romans 7:21-23 • “I find then a law, that, • when I would do good, evil is present with me.”

  33. Lament #3 • Romans 7:21-23 • “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: • But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

  34. The Law of Sin • The law of sin is the reality that a Christian will battle with his sin nature until God finally delivers him from the flesh.

  35. The Ultimate Question • Romans 7:24-25 • “O wretched man that I am! • who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

  36. The Solution • Romans 7:24-25 • “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” • The gospel of Christ . . . is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth (Romans 1:16).

  37. The Conclusion • Sanctification, the process of becoming more like Jesus, is normally an exceptionally long process, NOT an event. • This is why I need the gospel now more than ever. • Have you been saved from sin? Are you being saved from sin? Will you be saved from SIN!