Romans Week 12: Day 3
Read: Romans 7:7-25 focusing on verses 14-23
What is the experience of the man in this passage?
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” What is Paul saying here about the sinful nature? Does this mean good can never be accomplished?
Who is the “I” of this passage? The sinful man before the Spirit? Or the experience of Christians living with the reality of sin prior to the return of Jesus? Consider Romans 6:6-7 from last week: “ For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body rules by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Whatever you think of chapter 7, chapter 6 reassures believers that they were once slaves to sin but now ‘…have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
Is this the experience of your own life as a Christian now? Which promises can you hold onto from chapter 6 when you feel like the man of chapter 7?
…thankfulness to God that the worst of sinners can be saved through faith in Christ Jesus.
…for forgiveness for the sin we have committed