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Romans 7


Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron Beckham

Romans Chapter 7

Verse 1.  “Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?”

Paul wrote the Book of Romans especially to those who know about God’s Law (commandments), such as the Jewish-Christian believers of his time.  Paul reminds his readers that we are under God’s Law as long as we live.

Verse 2.  “For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.”

Under God’s Law, a woman must stay with her husband as long as HE lives.  But if he dies, she is free from the Law that she must be married to him.

Verse 3.  “So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.”

If the wife’s husband is still alive, she cannot marry somebody else because she is married to her husband.  But if her husband dies, she can marry another man and it is not sin.

Verse 4.  “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”

Like the “woman” of verses 2 and 3 --- when Jesus died, WE died with Him to the Law.  We are FREE from the Law and can belong to Christ.  In Him we can do good works for God.

Verse 5.  “For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.”

Before we believed in Christ, we did what we wanted to do.  We were sinners, lawbreakers and what we were doing would have caused us to die.

Verse 6.  “But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”

In Christ, we have died to God’s Law and are no longer held by it.  We are now ALIVE in God’s Holy Spirit like none of us ever expected or thought.

Verse 7. “What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’”

Is the Law a bad thing?  NO!  The Law is GOOD because it shows us we are sinners.  “You shall not covet” is the 10th commandment, telling us: we must not want what is not ours.

Verse 8. “But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.”

Paul found that the more he tried to NOT “covet” (want what was not his), the more he wanted it!  The more he tried to be good and obey the Law, the more he wanted to break it!

Verse 9. “I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died;”

Paul had felt he was a pretty good person, but the more he thought about God’s Law, the worse he got!  The Law was showing him the truth about himself.  It felt like his sin had “killed” him.

Verse10. “and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me;”

Paul thought that he could easily keep God’s Law, which would make him feel good (more alive).  But in trying, he felt like he had been destroyed by the very thing that was supposed to help him!

Verse 11.” for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

All of us are sinners and the more we try to keep God’s Law, the more we will understand that we are not good.  The commandments of God show us our sin.

Verse 12. “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.”

The Law of God is “holy” (pure), just and good.  It does in us what it was meant to do – show us our need of the Lord!

Verse 13. “Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.”

Is the it Law that brings “death” to us?  NO!  It is our SIN that ruins our lives, because we are all sinners!  God’s Laws (the commandments) just show us what we really are.

Verse 14. “For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.”

The Law is spiritual.  It is given by God and it is good.  But we are NOT good.  We are like slaves to sin.

Verse 15. “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.”

It confused Paul that the more he tried to be good, the more he did what he did not want to do.  He was not the person he wanted to be.

Verse 16. “But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.”

The Law was designed to show us that we are sinners and in need of the Lord.  When we try to be good and fail, it shows us that the Law is good – it does its job by showing us what we really are.

Verse 17. “So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”

It’s like we’re watching ourselves do wrong and we can’t help it!  As Paul said in verse 14 - it is like we are slaves to the sin that lives inside of us all.

Verse 18. “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.”

Paul discovered that he was not really good.  He wanted to be a good person who did good things, but he still had bad thoughts and did the wrong things.

Verse 19. “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.”

He wanted to be good, but he couldn’t do it, and he found himself doing exactly the bad things that he did not want to do.

Verse 20. “But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”

If we keep on doing what we do not want to do, it show us that we are in the power of something called “sin” that is in all of us.

Verse 21. “I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.”

Paul (who wrote these words in Romans) wanted to be good, but he saw that “evil” (a desire to be bad) was also in him.

Verse 22. “For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,”

Paul LOVED God’s Law and just the THOUGHT of it made him happy.  He knew God’s Law is good.

Verse 23. “but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.”

But somehow it was like his body was at war with his mind and it was like he was the prisoner of the bad thoughts that were inside of him.

Verse 24. “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?”

“Help me,” Paul called out!  He was ashamed and unhappy.  He hoped someone would change him; help him be FREE from sin and death!

Verse 25. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”

God answered Paul and He also answers you and me:  He sent Jesus Christ our Lord to us.  And just like Paul, yes we are still sinners, but the Lord has set us free from our sin.  Let’s THANK God for the Lord Jesus Christ:

Thank You, Father, for the Lord Jesus Christ.  I confess to You that I am a sinner.  I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior.  I praise Your Holy Name.  Thank You for setting me free from sin and death.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries

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