Will my sin wreck my life?

07/12/12 4:31 PM

Romans 7:11-25

11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.

13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.

Footnotes:a.Romans 7:18 Or my flesh
b.Romans 7:25 Or in the flesh

Romans 8:1-3, 5, 11

Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,

Footnotes:a.Romans 8:2 The Greek is singular; some manuscripts me
b.Romans 8:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 4-13.
c.Romans 8:3 Or flesh, for sin
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.

Footnotes:a.Romans 8:11 Some manuscripts bodies through

A few surprises to note about our sins in Romans 7 and 8
1. For people doing their best to follow Jesus. Paul separates “sin” frum “us”. As if they’re different things.
2. He assumes our actions will often contradict our intentions.
3. He spiritualizes this struggle.
4. He pitches that Jesus will need to snatch us from the jaws of sin and death.
5. He suggests that the Holy Spirit might abruptly set you free from a sin

How does Paul suggest you ensure your sin won’t ruin me?
1. Renounce sin.
2. Say yes to everything God wants you to do.
3. Renounce sneering.
4. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

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