Romans 1-8. Introduction/Theme (1:1-17)Condemnation: All of Humanity Condemned Because of Sin (1:18-3:20)Justification: God Gives us the Position of Righteousness (3:21-5:21)Sanctification: God Grows us in Practical Righteousness (6:1-8:39). Sanctification: Romans 6-8. Romans 6: Why bother?Roma
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1. The War Within Romans 7
2. Romans 1-8 Introduction/Theme (1:1-17)
Condemnation: All of Humanity Condemned Because of Sin (1:18-3:20)
Justification: God Gives us the Position of Righteousness (3:21-5:21)
Sanctification: God Grows us in Practical Righteousness (6:1-8:39)
3. Sanctification: Romans 6-8 Romans 6: Why bother?
Romans 7: Why is it so hard?
Romans 8: How do I do it?
4. Romans 7 7:1-6: Explain/prove 6:14b
I’m no longer under law b/c I died
7:7-12: So is the Law sin?
Problem isn’t law, problem is me!
Paul’s pre-conversion example
7:13-25: So is the Law the cause of my spiritual death?
No, problem is still with me!
Paul’s present example
5. Romans 7:14-25 Why is this Paul as a mature believer?
Verbs all present tense
Overall flow of the book – this is sanctification section
Bold statements ONLY true of a mature believer
6. Romans 7:14-25 “Flesh”
Whole material body
All of me, body and soul
All of me without God, as a fallen human being with corrupted body and soul
7. Romans 7:14-25 “sold into slavery to sin”
Romans 6:1-6 – Legal slavery to sin
Romans 6:15-16 – Experiential slavery to sin
Romans 7:14 – Slavery by nature to sin
8. Romans 7:14-25 “I” (egw)
Emphatic, not needed
6 times in this section
It is me doing it alone, in my own resources
Never in chapter 8
9. Romans 7:14-25 2 Conclusions:
V16 – not the law’s fault
V17 – it is sin’s fault – my sin nature
10. Romans 7:14-25 V21 – the general principle
V22-23 – the explanation
There are 2 “laws” in me!
V24 – the result: frustration
V25a – our hope in God
V25b – our struggle for now
11. Two Big Lessons The Normal Christian life is STRUGGLE
So struggling with sin is NOT a sign of immaturity or lack of faith!
When you try to do it on your own YOU WILL FAIL
None of us are strong enough!
12. Application HUMILITY
With God – confess our brokenness
With one another – seek wise accountability