reading through the book of Romans, Paul can sometimes be difficult to
understand and this is the case with the seventh chapter. It takes
prayer, logic and the Holy Spirit to interpret the message given to
Paul. Many Christians over the centuries have looked upon Paul like a
super believer that never had a doubt in his life, but the truth is that
he was just a man, saved by grace, who struggled with sin at times.
Fortunately, in confessing his struggles, Paul also provides a solution.
In previous messages I have pointed out that there were three sets of
laws given to mankind. The first set was given to Adam, among it was the
universal death sentence upon humanity called the Law of Death. The
second set given to Noah was a revision and an add-on to the original
set. The final set that most people are familiar with was given to
Moses. It is also known as the “Torah” or the “five books of Moses.”
Paul speaks about the Law of Death and the Torah, and in describing our
freedom from death, he uses the illustration of a woman who is married
to a man. As long as the husband is alive, the wife is bound to him, but
when the husband dies, the woman is free to marry someone else.
When Jesus offered His body and blood on the cross, He paid for the sins
of mankind and made it possible for humanity to be saved and set free
from the Law of Death. That doesn’t mean the Torah is set aside. On the
contrary, the laws of Moses are still in effect with the exception of
the sacrificial laws. Keeping the Torah laws never saved anyone, but it
pleases God the Father when we keep them. These laws were not given for
our benefit. The Law of Moses defines sin and Paul declares that it is
good because it reveals our sinful condition.
Paul closes the chapter by addressing his personal struggles. Everyone
has to deal with sin; it is a daily battle that must be overcome by the
born again spirit because the soul and physical body only want to
indulge their selfish desires. The good news is that Jesus Christ can
deliver you from sin! Please join me this week as we continue through
the book of Romans and correctly discern Paul’s message given by
inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell