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Summary: This chapter addresses the struggle that goes on in the inner man between the works of the sinful nature and the way of the Spirit. But in the end the way of the Spirit is to be the dominant force in a saints life.

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"Saints Struggle" Romans pt 9

Romans 7:1-25

Opening Illustration: Diamond Rio song with video and the Blue fish TV video of the Virginia Tech candlelight prayer service.

This illustration reveals to us that every person on this earth is in a struggle between good and evil. This struggle is real and when we suffer the repercussions of it we must look to the Lord for help and healing but yet commit to staying committed to Jesus Christ through the struggle.

Thesis: This chapter addresses the struggle that goes on in the inner man between the works of the sinful nature and the way of the Spirit. But in the end the way of the Spirit is to be the dominant force in a saints life.

Introduction:

Summary of the series of sermons on Romans:

Martin Luther in his book "Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans" He argues that:

"This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes. Therefore I want to carry out my service and, with this preface, provide an introduction to the letter, insofar as God gives me the ability, so that every one can gain the fullest possible understanding of it. . . . it is in itself a bright light, almost bright enough to illumine the entire Scripture."

John Calvin said that, "When anyone gains a knowledge of this Epistle he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture."

F.F. Bruce is quoted as saying "Time and again in the course of human history {Romans} has liberated the minds of men, brought them back to an understanding of the essential gospel of Christ, and started spiritual revolutions."

Warren W. Wiersbe: in his commentary on the book of Romans tells the story of a man whose life was changed by this book and who in turned changed the lives of literally millions of men and women:

"On May 24, 1738, a discouraged missionary went very unwillingly to a religious meeting in London. There a miracle took place. About a quarter before nine, he wrote in his journal, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

That missionary was John Wesley. The message he heard that evening was the preface to Martin Luther’s commentary on Romans. Just a few months before, Wesley wrote in his journal: "I went to America to convert the Indians; but Oh! who shall convert me? That evening in Aldersgate Street, his question was answered. And the result was the great Wesleyan Revival that swept England and transformed the nation."

The book of Romans is to Christianity what the Declaration of Independence is to America and the Magna Charta is to Great Britain! It can set you free if you study it and believe it.


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