The Seventh Chapter
get confused when they come to the seventh chapter of the book
The Apostle Peter said that Paul wrote some things
that were hard to understand. II Peter 3:16. Which the unlearned
and unstable wrest, or twist to their own destruction.
In verse 17 of II Peter 3 he said, Ye therefore, beloved, seeing
ye know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away
with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
In the seventh chapter of Romans Paul is explaining
the difference between Law and Grace. He is pretending that he
had lived in all dispensations of time.
Know ye not, brethren, for I speak to them that know the law,
how that the Law hath dominion over the man as long as he liveth?
For the woman which has a husband is bound by the law of her husband
so long as he liveth. But if the husband be dead she is loosed
from the law of her husband.
This has nothing to do with marriage and divorce
in this context. Paul is explaining the difference between
law and grace. So then if while her husband liveth, she
be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress,
but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; So that
she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Wherefore my brethren, ye also are become dead to
the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married
to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should
bring forth fruit unto God. In other words married to the
grace of God, or the New Testament plan of salvation. The law
is dead so that we can be married to grace. For when we were in
the flesh, "before we came to Christ" the motion
of sins, which were by the law did work in our members to bring
forth fruit unto death. The wages of sin is death.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein
we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit and not
in the oldness of the letter. Meaning, we are dead to the works
of the law and alive in Christ.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.
Nay I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust
except the law had said, thou shalt not covet, but sin taking
occasion of the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence.
In other words, the law revealed sin, many sins, all kinds of
sins, lets us see our sins. The law showed Paul his sins.
For I was alive without the law once; but when the
commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Paul is pretending
that he had lived before the law. Sin revived and I died, or repented,
when the law showed him his sins.
And the commandment which was ordained to life,
I found to be unto death. For sin taking occasion by the commandment,
deceived me, and by it slew me, or condemned me. Paul is
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment
is holy, and just and good. This is a comparison of the law over
conscience. The law is so much greater than the experience of
Today, we wouldn't say the law is holy, or spiritual.
If we did we would be looking backward instead of forward. We
are in a greater light, a greater dispensation than the law.
A person from the Jehovah's witnesses coming in
to a full gospel church, the light he had in the Jehovah's witnesses
was spiritual to him before he came to the full light, or full
salvation. When Paul said, the law is holy, he was saying the
law was holy, or spiritual until I came up to more light.
Galations 3:24-25. The law was a school master, bringing us to
Christ. We must keep the principles of the law today.
In verse 13 Paul asked the question, "was then
that which was good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin "or
the sin that the law revealed , but sin that it might appear
sin; working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful.
When a sinner comes to church, and the convicting power of
God convicts him of his sins, he feels terrible. A person with
sin in their life is not supposed to feel comfortable in the presence
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 14 - for we know that the law is spiritual,
but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Here Paul realizes that the ordinances of the
Law cannot cleanse him of his sins. The law didn't have the power
to take away sins. Hebrews 10:3,4, Hebrews 10:14-16. The law just
rolled their sins ahead for another year, but the blood of Jesus
Christ takes away sins, cleanses us of our sins, or remits our
sins, and casts them into His sea of forgiveness.
Here in these verses 15-24, Paul is pretending
that he is still under the law before he came to Christ, before
the Church age, or before the time of full salvation.
Some would say, this was Paul's daily life here
in Romans chapter 7, but this was not Paul's daily life, it is
a comparison of law and grace. Paul knew exactly what he was talking
about, because he did once live under the law. He lived in two
dispensations, both law and grace, so actually he was speaking
from personal experience, but it was before he came to the Lord.
One certainly couldn't read Paul's writings and believe that Romans
chapter 7 was his daily life. Paul certainly did not live a defeated
For that which I do I allow not, for what I would,
that do I not. But that which I hate, that I do. If then I do
that which I would not, I can scent unto the Law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in
my members. For the Good that I would, I do not; but the evil
which I would not, that I do. Paul is saying, I wanted to keep
the law, but I had no power over sin, no power to keep me from
sin. While under the law. Now if I do that I would not, it is
no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth within me. I find
then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Paul is likening this to being attached to a twin.
Under the Roman Empire, when some one killed somebody. If it
was not in self defense, the killer was attached to the dead corpse
until the stench of the dead man killed him. This was his punishment.
Paul is likening sin to this dead corpse.
Verse 22, for I delight in the law of God after the inward
man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the
law in my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members. Keep in mind Paul was pretending he was
still under the law.
Verse 24, Oh wretched man that I am; who shall deliver
me from the body of this death? Then in verse 25 Paul says, I
thank God through Jesus Christ. So then with the mind, I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Paul
is saying Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from
sin, or this corpse. He likened sin to being attached to a dead
corpse. Galations 5:16-25.
"The eighth chapter of Romans answers the
seventh chapter of Romans." Notice Romans 8:1-17, we have
power to live a sinless life when we receive full salvation. Repentance,
baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, and receiving the Holy Ghost.
Matt. 3:11,12, Luke 3:16-17, Acts 18th chapter, Acts 2:38.