Summary: As Christians we have to keep a tight rein on this old unsaved flesh, now I’m sure some will say that they have no problem with the old man and so I say to you, you must not have been saved for too long a time, so just sit tight because it’ll come.
ROM.7:17-24 OUR DAILEY STRUGGLES WITHIN 8-13-11
Today I want to talk for a few minutes on the fact that all of us, all of us Christians have to keep a tight rein on this old unsaved flesh, now I’m sure some will say that they have no problem with the old man and so I say to you, you must not have been saved for too long a time, so just sit tight because it’ll come.
I find it hard to believe that any one could be any closer to God than the Apostle Paul and if Paul admits that he still does things that he really don’t want to do and he knows that he shouldn’t be doing, then I doubt very seriously if any of us can say that we never have any problems with this flesh.
Here in this chapter Paul continues telling about the Mosaic law, we saw in chapter 6: that when we as believers receive Christ the law has no dominion over us, now I know that the gentiles were never under the law other than the MORAL LAW, the 10 commandments that are found in Exo.20:, all of these commandments are found in the NT except the one to do with the Sabbath day, and it’s all together for the Jews.--- the law was never given too the gentiles.
Psalm 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them.
Many times a believer tries to hold on too certain parts of the Mosaic Law when actually the law condemns folks to death as no one can keep the law, James 2:10 says; 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine---
The lawless are criminals. The disobedient are the rebellious. The ungodly are the godless, that is, showing no reverence for God.
Sinners are those failing to measure up to divine standards. The unholy are impure. Profane means defiling sacred things. Whoremongers are fornicators. Them that defile themselves with mankind are homosexuals. Men stealers are kidnapers. Sound doctrine (proper teaching”): liars for perjured persons to swear under oath.
The Bible properly taught is a sorce of spiritual medicine that heals man’s diseased moral nature, making him spiritually and ethically sound and healthy.
• No one could be saved by the law, what the law was for was too reveal man’s sins.
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Galatians 3:11-12 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12And the law is not of faith:--
Paul is going to show that the Mosaic Law has no claim on the believer, so with all that said and done – Listen as I read today’s text found in
17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. [Eyes-hands-feet-ears-mind]
24 O wretched man that I am! [Present tense, the Apostle Paul]-- who shall deliver me from the body of this death? -- And then Paul answers his own question--
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Here we have the conflict of two natures, the old nature and the new nature. There are two “I’s” in this conflict. --- The first “I” is the new nature speaking out, “the good that I would I do not” this is what the new nature wants to do; his desire is to do right.