Week 5 Romans Chapters 6-8
LOOK IN THE MIRROR SEE THE TRUTH. TURN AND TRUST IN GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Verse 7-8: What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
Paul really began this argument back in the 6th chapter.
If there were no law, I would not be conscious of sin. I did not know what coveting was, without the law.
The law reveals God’s will.
Notice Paul started using the I and me version.
The Law revealed to Paul the exceeding sinfulness of sin!
The Word of God is called a mirror. It reveals what we are.
If you have a spot on your face, the mirror will reveal it, just like the Law reveals sin. But the mirror cannot remove it. Neither can the law remove sin.
But God made a way to remove it, it is removed by the blood of Christ.
A test was done in California awhile back trying to prove that women look in mirrors more than men. They put a big one up on a busy street. Everybody looked, men and women. We like to look at ourselves in the mirror. Except for the mirror of the Word, because it reveals us as ugly sinners. LOOK IN THE MIRROR SEE THE TRUTH. TURN AND TRUST IN GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Verses 9-12:Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
A small child does not know the Law. She lives apart from the Law. And is not held accountable. But once she knows the Law, she is accountable.
The Law condemns us.
The very commandment that was meant to bring live brings death = God said in Deut 8:1 “Do this and you shall live.” If you could keep the law, you would not die. But no one can keep the law, so it ends up bringing death.
The law is not at fault. The fault lies with the one who thinks the Law would bring life and power. It does not, it merely revealed the weakness, inability and sin of mankind.
Here is and illustration: A car is a very useful thing. But a car in the hands of an incapable driver can be a danger and a menace. In fact, it can be a death-dealing instrument. The fault is not with the car, the fault if with the driver.
Like a pied piper, sin leads the children of men into believing that they can keep the Law and that God is not needed. LOOK IN THE MIRROR SEE THE TRUTH. TURN AND TRUST IN GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Sin in the end will kill, for the Law brought knowledge of sin, and man is without excuse.
The law is holy, It equals the perfect will of God. Put throw man into the mix and things change.
Verses 13-14: Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
The commandment was totally incapable of communicating life. It shows us that man needs help from the outside. Outside of himself and the Law.
WE KNOW. The law is spiritual. It is from God, It is Holy.
1 Corinthians 10:4 The Rock was called spiritual because it was produced by the Holy Spirit.
The Law is spiritual in the sense that it was given by the Holy Spirit and is part of the Word of God.
But we are carnal. Flesh. This does not mean the meat and bones. This body of ours is neutral and can be used for good or bad, just like the automobile. Carnality (flesh) refers to the old human mind and spirit and nature which occupies and uses the flesh so that actually the flesh itself is contaminated with sin.
Flesh has no capabilities or possibilities toward God. It is dominated by a sinful nature. This body is ready to spring into sin. But it has to be pushed and prodded into doing God’s will.
The heart of man is desperately wicked and he wants to do evil things and the body responds. LOOK IN THE MIRROR SEE THE TRUTH. TURN AND TRUST IN GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Verse 15-19: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
Here we have the conflict of two natures. The I’s in this section are two natures, the I want is the new nature and the I do is the old.
I believe Paul (and all of us hopefully) go through three stages of life: 1. I don’t need God, I am good enough without Him, I can keep the Law. But the Law was condemning him the whole time.(Paul was very devout at trying to be good before salvation). 2. Meeting Christ! (Like Paul did on the road to Damascus). We meet Christ, accept Him as our Savior, but we still feel we can live the Christian life, follow the law. Our new nature says “I am now going to live for God!”. But we fail and fail and fail. 3. And them hopefully there comes a day when there is true victory. (Like Paul is experiencing in these verses) Where we learn that we cannot win. We don’t have it in us. But Christ has already won. And the very best we can do, is yield to and present ourselves to Him, and let the Spirit of God live the Christian life through us.
When the old nature breaks the commandment then the new nature agrees that the law is good. When we covet, we break the commandment, and the Law shows us. This is good.
Vs. 17 It is not the new nature that sins, it is the old nature.
Verses 18 -20: For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Paul learned 2 things in this struggle, and we need to learn them too. In me (the old nature) dwells no good thing!
Have you learned that yet? There is no good in you. Many of us Christians feel that we in the flesh can do something that will please God. Many become busy as termites and have about the same effect in the church as a termite. Busy as bees, but not producing honey. On committees, doing this and that, thinking they are pleasing God. Although they are busy, they have no VITAL connection with the person of Christ. His life is not being lived through them. They are attempting to do it in their own strength by the flesh. They have not learned, like Paul did, that in me there is no good.
Anything that Dis (me) does in the flesh, God hates. It is full of sin. God won’t use it. When it is in the flesh, it is no good.
John 8:6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, it is all it can do. Only in the Spirit can you do spiritual things.
1John 3:9 Now we are born of God The new nature does not and cannot commit sin.
The new nature is the one who nags you and tells you that you did wrong, and to make it right.
The other thing Paul found out is that there is not POWER in the new nature. You can want to do good all day long. That is the new nature, giving you the desire. But that desire cannot do it. That desire cannot keep the Law.
The carnal man is against God, the new nature if for God. That is it.
Remember when you started out, you wanted to live for God. Preachers can call people to live for God and they will respond. We all want to come closer to God. That is the new nature.
Verse 21-14: So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
When you are attempting to serve God in the Spirit, have you discovered that the old nature is right there bringing evil with it?
Every child of God must admit that in every act and in every moment evil is present in her. If you don’t get this, you won’t get how to live the Christian life to the fullest. Your sanctification will be slow and you will not produce the fruit you might. All good comes from God.
There has to come a point in your life, if you want to produce fruit that you cry out honestly to God. (Like Paul does in the next verse)
Verse 25: Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Christ delivers! This is the answer. God has provided deliverance It is introduced in Chapter 8 in which the deliverance is given in detail. Both salvation and sanctification come through Christ. He has provided everything we need.
Run, run and do, the Law commands. But gives me neither feet nor hands. Better news the Gospel brings, It bids me fly and gives me wings.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR SEE THE TRUTH. TURN AND TRUST IN GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.