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Summary: This particular scripture helps us understand that man has two natures. Although we are Christians, there is yet an internal war going on.

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Dr. Wayne A. Lawson

Preached at Antioch Institutional Baptist Church

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sunday, January 18, 2009

RevWLawson@aol.com

TITLE: SAINTS WITH SINNERS PROBLEMS

SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 7:14-25

This is a very exciting scripture that most of us are familiar with. We have often quoted at least a portion of this text at some point during our Christian walk. This particular scripture helps us understand that man has two natures. Although we are Christians, there is yet an internal war going on. Although we have given our life to Christ, we still battle with sin. This often read and studied passage is a poignant description of someone in conflict with himself - -someone who loves God’s moral law and wants to obey it, but is pulled away from doing so by the sin that is in him. It is the personal experience of a soul in conflict. Paul made mention in I CORINTHIANS 15:31 “I DIE DAILY.”

• Paul not referring to a physical death, not possible

HEBREWS 9:27 “AND AS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGEMENT”

• The flesh must die every day

• Spirit man vs. Carnal man – internal struggle

• Spirit and Carnal collide everyday no matter how saved we think we are

We should take some time in an effort to define some of our words or Terminology that will be mentioned, prior to marching forward in this message. Let us define that word Saint. Many are confused by this word, unsure as to who is a Saint and who is not. Sometimes we think we must be very careful as to not throw the word Saint around, that is to say we should us it Sparingly. Much confusion in the Church as to who is Classified as Saints.

• Positionally, every New Testament believer is a Saint

• Every member of the body of Christ is a Saint

• Therefore all the Saved of the New Testament era are saints by virtue of our position in Christ

• In layman’s terms if you and I believe in Christ, live as such, we are Saints

• Paul wrote:

• -- COL 1:2 “TO THE SAINTS AND FAITHFUL BRETHREN IN CHRIST”

• -- EPH 1:1 “…TO THE SAINTS WHICH ARE AT EPHESUS…”

• -- PHIL 1:1 “…TO AL THE SAINTS IN CHRIST JESUS WHICH ARE AT PHILLIPPI”

Let’s quickly define a Sinner. This should not take us very long, it is an area we are very familiar. Sinners are those that violate the divine will of God. It is therefore, as defined by St. Augustine – Any Thought, Word or Deed Opposed to the Law of God – Ethically, Sin is that which is Immoral. Because he was a physical being just like us, Paul knew that sin “dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” We have limited natural ability to properly live up to right standards and values. We repeatedly fall short of the honorable conduct God expects of us. Paul explained why. We sin, or miss the mark, because of something that dwells in us, in our flesh.

• Jesus identifies the most significant characteristic of the "flesh," or our nature, that causes sin

• Bible Warns – “WATCH AND PRAY LEST YOU ENTER INTO TEMPTATION”


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Rev. Peggy Moore

commented on Mar 25, 2011

I love your sermons so full and knowledgeable, God is Really speaking through you. Thank you for sharing what he has given you!

Wayne Lawson

commented on Jun 8, 2011

Bless you Rev. May God richly bless your ministry.

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