Indwelling Sin (Romans 7)

Date: 7/9/2017
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Topic: Sin
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Chapter 7 (GS trans.) - Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know Torah), that Torah is lord over a person as long as he lives? 7:2 For example, a married woman is bound by Torah to her husband as long as he lives, but if her husband dies, she is released from the “torah” of the husband. 7:3 So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that “torah,” and if she is joined to another man, she is not an adulteress. 7:4 So, my brethren, you also died to Torah through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the one who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God. 7:5 For when we were in the corruptible state of Adamic flesh, the sufferings of sin, aroused by Torah, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 7:6 But now we have been released from Torah, because we have died to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code.

7:7 What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through Torah. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the Torah had not said, “Do not covet.” 7:8 But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from Torah, sin is dead. 7:9 And I was once alive apart from Torah, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive 7:10 and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death. 7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. 7:12 So then, Torah is holy, and the Commandment is holy, righteous, and good.

7:13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, in order that it would be manifest as sin, produced death in me through what is good, in order that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. 7:14 For we know that Torah is spiritual—but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. 7:15 For I [Israel in a state of corruptible flesh] do not understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want—instead, I do what I hate. 7:16 But if I do what I do not want, I agree that the Torah is good. 7:17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. 7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my [Adamic] flesh [humanity]. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. 7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.

7:21 This, then, is what I find about the Torah that when I want to do good, evil is close at hand. 7:22 For I delight in Torah of God in my inner being. 7:23 But I see a different law in my members waging war against the “torah” of my mind and making me captive to the “torah” of sin that is in my members. 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the Torah of God with my mind, but with my corruptible flesh I serve the Torah of sin.

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more