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Romans 7:7-25

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Connection: How people who try to obey the Law are frustrated.
Literary Context: Paul has illustrated (i.e., death breaks marriage) that Christians are now dead to the Law, so that we may serve God in the new and better way of the Spirit. This, of course, leads one to question the goodness of God’s Law in the first place. Therefore, Paul responds to the anticipated pushback by explaining 2 things about the Law.
From a now Christian perspective, Paul reflects back specifically on his encounter with the Law, as well as generally with the Jews’ encounter encounter with the Law.
I. Exoneration of the Law (7-12)
I. Exoneration of the Law (7-12)
7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.
9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.
10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.
11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.
12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Though the Law is good in that it reveals sin, it also excites sin.
Regenerated people should never try to obey Law for salvation.
II. Exasperation Under the Law (13-25)
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
The unregenerate person will always be exasperated in trying to obey the Law, as it only reveals the weakness therein. Frankly, the unregenerate person has not yet been freed from the power of sin.
Turn to Christ and ask for grace.
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