Is it possible that there can be any exception to the denial that the law is sinful? EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). Sin, however, does not reign over him; otherwise, as it is directly opposed to every degree of obedience to the law, it would not suffer him to do anything, even the least, in conformity to the will of God. I died. I know. He is discoursing of that corruption which he still experiences. With the philosophy of the question we have nothing to do. The original word for lust signifies strong desire, whether good or bad. Before we died with Christ. But in referring, also, as he does here, to what is internal, and therefore speaking as before God, who alone searcheth the heart, and measuring himself by the holy law in all its extent, he confesses himself to be carnal and sold under sin. When the commandment came. After exhibiting the meaning of the whole connection in this view, he asks, Is this, then, the way in which the law of God proves fatal to the sinner, viz., by convincing him of the true and deadly nature of sin? Much outward conformity to the law may in this way be attained from the pride of self-righteousness, without any principle better than that of a selfish, slavish, mercenary, carnal disposition, influenced only by fear of punishment and hope of reward. It is a thing of which no Christian is ignorant. How can the greatest of the apostles characterize himself, and by extension, all Christians, as “unspiritual,” a “slave to sin” and a “prisoner of the law of sin”? To delight in the law of the Lord is characteristic of the regenerate man. See notes on Romans 7:14 of this chapter. 8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! Members appear to be mentioned here rather than body, to denote that sin, by the impulse of their various evil desires, employs as its slaves all the different members of the body. This means that no longer am I the one. College Press, Joplin, MO. God forbid. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein were held; that we should serve in newness of sprit, and not in the holiness of the letter. For if he had had such a view of the law previously, he would not, in his own opinion, have been blameless concerning its righteousness. 4. In the preceding verse Paul had said, I would do good; here he more fully expresses the same desire after conformity to the holy law. Romans 7:2,4 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… Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God… freed. 7. It is not an insulated passage; it contains the clear development of a great general principle which belongs to the whole of Divine revelation, and is essential to its truth, a principle of the utmost importance in Christian experience. It is not possible. But it is now a broken law, and therefore all men are by nature under its curse. 6:10, and to the law having fulfilled it by His obedience and death, so that it hath no further demand upon Him. 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? And every regenerate man, the more he is convinced of sin, which in his natural state never disturbed his thoughts, the more he advances in the course of holiness, and the more nearly he approaches to the image of his Divine Master, the more deeply will he groan under the more vivid conception and the stronger abhorrence of the malignity of his indwelling sin. This is the Christian paradoxto live in a condition of "confident despair.". Of course not! The commandment was meant to bring life but I found it brought death,. Ver. Could a good law be the cause of death? Dead to the law by the body of Christ, means dead to it by dying in Christs death. It is that disposition by which we are inclined to evil, the habit and inclination to sin, and not merely the acts which proceed from it. Paul uses an illustration from human life to show that the Christian is dead to the Law. Dr. Macknight translates the original thus, which we had under the law. But the meaning is, not which we had under the law, but that were through the law. Of course not! For when we were in the flesh, the motives of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. For when we lived. But they have no similarity to the present case. Remember Luther's description of the Christian: "at the same time righteous and sinful." But sin takes occasion by the commandment to lead one to death (8-12) B. The law, however, which was ordained to life, will at last be proved to have attained this object in all in whom it has been fulfilled, Romans 8:4, by Him who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. I thank God through Jesus Christ. In the same way, it was only by grace that the Apostle Paul was what he was, 1 Corinthians 15:10; and by that grace he was enabled to maintain the struggle against his old corrupt nature, until he could exclaim, in the triumphant language of victory, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. My grace, said Jesus to him, is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness., The whole concluding part of this chapter is most violently perverted by Dr. Macknight, and Mr. Stuart, and Mr. Tholuck. This is a thing which Paul knew as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he must have known by experience also. He begins by making it clear that those who are in Christ have been released from any obligation to the law of Moses. - When you marry, you are bound to your spouse until death do you part. He speaks of himself, that it might not be supposed that the miserable condition he described did not concern believers; and to prove that the most holy ought to humble themselves before God, since God would find in them a body of sin and death; guilty, as in themselves, of eternal death. See Romans 7:9. Question: "Is Romans 7:14-25 describing a believer or an unbeliever?" Compare Romans 7:7 and note. Romans Chapter 7 vs. 1-3 - The law applies to a living person. 5. Mr. Stuart says that this expression intimates that the Apostle had some exception to the universal sense of the words translated God forbid. Mr. Tholuck considers the position in which, according to his view, Paul has thus placed himself to be so awkward, that he does not allow it to pass unnoticed. So far it has conquered, and so far we are defeated and made prisoners. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Proverbs 20:9. See Romans 6:2-4. Of this, every man in his best state, and in his very best thought or action, falls continually short. For this there is no foundation whatever. ESV, Romans 8:5-8: 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Every commandment of the Decalogue tends to promote human happiness. A married woman. And if, as all Scripture testifies, enmity against God be the characteristic of the wicked, and delight in God and His law be the characteristic of a regenerate man, by what perversion of language, by what species of sophistry, can it be affirmed that the Apostle, while describing his inward delight in God, is to be regarded as portraying himself in his original unconverted state? Verse 7. John 16:8. ... Bible Study Tools Online Lessons ... is here used in the plural form to denote the whole body. No man, says Jesus, can come to Me, except the Father, which hath sent Me, draw him, John 6:44. They are as completely and as blamelessly free from the covenant of the law as if they had never been under it. In order that. The evil propensity of our nature the Apostle calls a law, because of its strength and permanence. It constantly besets him, and, from its influence, his very prayers, instead of being in themselves worthy of God, need forgiveness, and can be accepted only through the mediation of Christ. When Luther discovered the distinction between the law as a covenant and as a rule, it gave such relief to his mind, that he considered himself as at the gate of paradise. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:5 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. He knows that sin is wrong, yet he goes on sinning (compare 1 John 1:8-10). I delight, says the Psalmist, to do Thy will, O my God; yea, Thy law is in my heart. I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I love, Psalm 40:8, <19B916> 119:16, 24, 35, 47, 92, 97, 174. Of course not! But when he now understood that it was also spiritual, extending to the most secret desires of his heart, he discovered in himself so much opposition to its penetrating and discerning power, that, as he had said, sin revived, and he died. Thus the man that delights in the law of the Lord is blessed; and who will affirm that an unconverted man is blessed? He had proved that, by union with Christ in His death and resurrection, believers who are thereby justified are also sanctified; he had exhibited and enforced the motives to holiness furnished by the consideration of that union; he had, moreover, affirmed that sin shall not have dominion over them, for this specific reason, that they are not under the law, but under grace. He had no conviction that he was radically and practically a sinner, of which the passage before us proves he was now fully conscious. But he found an opposite bent in his corrupt nature, which he calls a law in his members. That is, which was appointed to give continuance of life to those who obeyed, and which, therefore, it would have been life to obey, as it is said, The man that doeth them shall live in them. By the commandment here referred to, the law, in all its parts, appears to be meant, with a special allusion to the tenth commandment, which shows that the desire of what is forbidden is sin. It showed him that he was a transgressor of the law, and therefore condemned by that very law from which he had before expected life. This is according to the uniform language of his Epistles, as well as of the whole of Scripture, both in its doctrinal and historical parts. 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