Pastor Steve Moltumyr
In Scripture we see four frames of Paul’s life:
- Saved by grace
- Victory in Christ
- The Dark Corridor
In Romans 7, when Paul describes himself as a wretched man, it is about as dismal of a description as one can give himself. The Romans 7 dilemma is that we are wretched people, but there is a solution to the problem.
- Romans 7 describes Paul’s Christian journey, not his pre-Christian journey. Here’s a few reasons why:
- Verses 14-25 are in present tense,
- Paul’s relationship to sin shows that he hates sin.
- Paul delights in God’s law like a believer would not.
- When Paul talks about the Law, he means the Ten Commandments. Jesus summed up the law by saying, “Love the LORD your God…and love your neighbor.”
- The problem isn’t the law, it’s us!
- The law inspires us to sin against it. It’s like a sign that says, “Don’t walk on the grass.” You know what people will do? They will walk on the grass.
- The law cannot solve the problem we have with the law. Think of an MRI. The MRI tells you that you have a tumor or a disease or something else, but the MRI will not solve the problem. You need something outside of the MRI to heal you.
- Sin is deadly. The law tell us just that. But the law isn’t the cure, Jesus is.
- If you have never felt what Paul felt in Romans 7, you have to ask yourself if you are truly a Christian.
- Whatever your sin, you stand at a very level place at the foot of the cross.
- Apply: Honestly face sin, confess, and ask Jesus for strength in your fight against sin.
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I agree that Romans Romans 7:14-25 is about Paul’s Christian life and I have written about this elsewhere.