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Commentary on Romans 7
This is a commentary on Romans chapter 7. We need to understand who Paul was speaking too and what his purpose was. This will change how we perceive the chapter, and our application will change . For years this chapter frustrated me. How is that this spirit filled apostle of Faith could be struggling so hard with sin. Even seeming to be defeated by it. If  Paul couldnít overcome his sin, then how could anyone be expected. It didnít make sense and it would mean that no one could overcome sin. This couldnít be. With that said, let us see if we can change your perspective and maybe give you some new hope.
Paul, prior to his conversion was a Pharisee. Ac 23:6 ∂ But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
With that thought in mind, look, how Paul starts chapter 7
Ro 7:1 ∂  Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Paul, as a former Pharisee, was addressing the Pharisees. He was speaking to those that know the law. You need to keep that in mind as you read the whole chapter. Itís easy to get caught up in a statement and loose the context. So you always have to remind yourself who he is talking to and why. Heís trying to bring new understanding to those who have been raised under the law.
Ro 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
The Pharisees are bound to the law, married, as long as the law liveth. His purpose here is to show them that the law has ended (old covenant ) that they are now free to marry another ( new covenant in Jesus)
Ro 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
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.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Galatians 3:24 wherefore the law was our school master to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Paul goes on to expound and show what the purpose of the law is. He also in the proceeding versus shows how the law started a battle with in him. No man has ever been able to keep the law. That was the frustration. Paul goes on to say
Ro 7:14 ∂ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Could he possibly be speaking from the perspective of a born again man of God? I hardly think so
Ro 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Paul in Ga 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
As Christians, we some times forget that we are no longer under the law. We focus on the canít doís and the letter of the law. We take our eyes off Jesus and try by our own good works to be good. We are not serving Jesus, but trying to be good in the flesh. Just as the old testament people could not keep the law, we are not able to either.
Gal 5:17 for the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh: and these two are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that you would.
Romans 7 is Paul explaining how that he, being under the law, was not able to keep it.
Ro 7:4 ∂ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 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.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
John says
1john1Jo 3:4 ∂ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
If you compared that to the Paul in chapter 7 of  Romans, you would have to say at that point that Paul wasnít saved. He hadnít overcome his sin.
Many Christians,(professing Christians) struggle with sin. Romans 7 has been taught as an excuse for those that struggle so hard in this area. They hear things like this, donít condemn yourself brother, we all sin. Look, even Paul sinned. True, Romans 8:1 says that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. But a little condemnation is healthy. You should never justify or excuse your sin.
Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is deathÖ
Ro 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
As a married man, 20 years ago I made vows to my wife. I promised to honor her, protect her, be faithful and true til death did us part.
What would it be like if I came home one night and told her, ďhoney, my old nature came alive, I lusted, gave in and cheated on you? But donít worry sweetheart, I love you and wonít do it again.Ē She would be hurt to the core and it would make her (and me) question the sincerity of my vows. The next week I walk in the door and repeat the same words. Donít worry honey, I love you and I wonít cheat again. But the next week, I did it again, and the next week and the next week. She would divorce me and rightly so. So it is with those so called Christians that habitually sin. Who have never truly repented
Paul concluded the chapter and made the point with these words
Ro 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Without Christ, under the law, we are helpless and hopeless. We may be good by mans standard, but by Gods standard we are guilty and headed to hell.
Thatís my thought, hope it helps. Be Blessed
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