Sunday, September 29, 2019, Evident Grace Fellowship looked at Romans 7.7-20 part one:

 

Romans 7.7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

 

13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

 

From those verses, we looked at this Big Idea, and these two points:

 

Big Idea: The Power of Sin

 

Sin Seizes Opportunity

Sin Produces Death

 

Sin Seizes Opportunity

 

Romans 7.7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

 

Paul has been discussing that we now serve God through the power of the Spirit instead of the burden of effort by the written code. That leads him to ask the question, “Is the law sin?” Of course not. The law teaches us what sin is, but we must be careful. Sin will seize every opportunity. The law is holy. Sin is deadly.

 

Sin Produces Death

 

13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

 

Sin produces death in us. If you have faith in Jesus, you have a battle within you. You want to obey, but sin seizes the opportunity and you often sin. But we must remember that sin produces death. It was that way in the Garden, and it’s that way now. That reality makes us vigilant to fight.

 

Sin is Always Close By

 

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

 

These verses are intended to be so comforting. Yes, there is a war battling within you. Yes, sin is sitting right beside you. Even though we are wretched apart from Christ, we have a deliverer: Jesus Christ. He rescues us from this body of death.

 

Big Idea: The Power of Sin

 

Sin Seizes Opportunity

Sin Produces Death

Sin is Always Close By

 

Truth: Jesus rescues you from the sin that seizes every opportunity to draw you back into death.

 

Application: Live knowing that you are not alone in your fight against sin. Jesus has delivered you from its power. The scriptures teach you of its ways. The Holy Spirit inspires you to obey. And your church encourages you in the battle.

 

Action: Trust Jesus. Read your scriptures. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. Draw close to your church.

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