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Romans 7:14-25. Overview of Romans I. Intro. + Theme1:1-17 II. Condemnation1:18-3:20 III. Justification3:21-5:11 IV. Sanctification5:12-8:39 V. Illustration9:1-11:36.

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Presentation on theme: "Romans 7:14-25. Overview of Romans I. Intro. + Theme1:1-17 II. Condemnation1:18-3:20 III. Justification3:21-5:11 IV. Sanctification5:12-8:39 V. Illustration9:1-11:36."— Presentation transcript:

1 Romans 7:14-25

2 Overview of Romans I. Intro. + Theme1:1-17 II. Condemnation1:18-3:20 III. Justification3:21-5:11 IV. Sanctification5:12-8:39 V. Illustration9:1-11:36 VI. Application12:1-15:13 VII. Epilogue15:14-16:27

3 Romans 7:14-25 Left to themselves, believers live just like unbelievers.

4 Romans 7:14 Just like 6:16-21, Paul talks about enslaved to sin.

5 Romans 7:14 Paul uses the analogy of a slave market to make his point.

6 Romans 7:14 We are under sin’s control because we are “only human.”

7 Romans 7:14 Sin rules us because of who we are by nature.

8 RomaRomans 7:14ns 7:15 This verse expresses Paul’s frustration and ours.

9 Romans 7:15 “I don’t understand” We feel as though, “We’re not getting anything done” on a spiritual level.

10 Romans 7:15 Our will is the issue.

11 Romans 7:15 In spite of decisions and commitments, we are unable to do the good things we decide to do.

12 Romans 7:16-17 As our battle is analyzed, we come to realize with Paul that inside every believer is an agreement with God’s Law.

13 Romans 7:16-17 We realize that when we blow it spiritually, we recognize that as wrong.

14 Romans 7:16-17 This recognition and agreement indicates the presence of a “real” me who is different than the sin I’m committing.

15 Romans 7:16-17 My sinless self, my new nature, feels trapped inside a body that loves and engages in sin.

16 Romans 7:16-17 The result is that we don’t do what we truly want to do.

17 Romans 7:16-17 The result is that we don’t do what we truly want to do.

18 Romans 7:16-17 It is critical that we realize that this is the experience of all believers.

19 Romans 7:16-17 Nothing is easier in the Christian life than to feel alone and a failure in your attempts to walk with God.

20 Romans 7:18-19 Paul now begins to clearly point out the two aspects of a Christian’s experience: Our flesh and our new nature.

21 Romans 7:18-19 Since believers still live enslaved in their flesh, we are unable to do anything good.

22 Romans 7:18-19 The sooner we realize that, the better.

23 Romans 7:18-19 The desire is present because of our new man, but the ability to live out what we want is not.

24 Romans 7:18-19 Paul is building to what he started in the beginning: sin enslaves.

25 Romans 7:18-19 As he began this section in ch. 5, Paul explained that when Adam brought sin into the world, he brought enslavement and death.

26 Romans 7:18-19 Death is not only a final experience in our bodies, it is an experience we have due to sin.

27 Romans 7:18-19 Due to sin, our bodies are “dead”, i.e. they are completely uncooperative to our inner desires.

28 Romans 7:18-19 Paul says he has no idea how to get past that problem. “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I do.”

29 Romans 7:18-19 And, every believer can relate to that!

30 Romans 7:18-19 Paul’s words are more than, “I tried and blew it”, he really searched for a solution, but… 7:24

31 Romans 7:20 The “real me” never sins! 1 John 3:9

32 Romans 7:20 Every believer has a new nature that is perfect. Eph. 4:24

33 Romans 7:20 However, we are still in the body and responsible.

34 Romans 7:21 Paul discovered ( “I find”) a principle (“law”) that doing good was difficult but doing bad was easy. (“present” = “lies alongside me”, “ready at hand”)

35 Romans 7:21 For us to do what is right is hard, but sinning is easy.

36 Romans 7:22-23 Why is this principle true?

37 Romans 7:22-23 Why is this principle, or “law”, true?

38 Romans 7:22-23 Four laws or realities: 1)Mosaic Law – the inner man “delights” in it 2)Law in my body’s members - fights the delight

39 Romans 7:22-23 Four laws or realities: 3)Law of my understanding - I know the Mosaic Law is good, but #2 wins 4)Law of sin – Used by #2 to win; the reign of sin leading to enslavement of my body.

40 Romans 7:22-23 Bottom-line: There’s a war going on inside of us and we keep losing.

41 Romans 7:24-25 Self-hatred and high emotions are common outcomes from trying to live a godly life.

42 Romans 7:24-25 Paul wanted someone to deliver him because he realizes he just can’t do it.

43 Romans 7:24-25 God is our Deliverer “through our Lord Jesus Christ”!

44 Romans 7:24-25 Paul’s summary: 1)Our inner man serves the Law of God 6:18 2)Our flesh serves the Law of sin

45 Romans 7:24-25 Those who have been saved from eternally must also be saved from sin daily.

46 Romans 7:24-25 While we are in the flesh, we cannot do what God commands without outside help.

47 Romans 7:24-25 That Help has arrived!


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