2016-07-07 / Worship

Through faith we receive spiritual life

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Romans 7:20-25)

Because of the fierce battle we fight with sin every day of our lives, Paul seeks to show us the way to be victorious over sin in our lives.

Paul says, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (verse 25b) This is the only way to overcome s in in our lives. We must admit to the sin that is in our lives and then realize that God has given to us the way to overcome sin in our lives through Jesus Christ.

Paul says, “Now if I do that I would not it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” (verse 20) This goes on through our minds and actions every day of our lives. If we totally depend on our fleshly nature to deal with sin in our lives, we will fail. We do not have the strength in our mind and body to be able to withstand the temptations to sin in all the different ways we are tempted.

Paul says, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” (verse 21) The laws dealing with the sin in our lives were given to us by God. The laws of God makes us know when sin is present and about to attack us in some way. Paul says, “I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” (verse 22) When sin is present in our lives, God’s law will make us aware of sin’s presence before we commit the sin. However, the presence of sin is always dangerous to our lives.

We find the reason when Paul tells us, “But I see another law in my members, warning against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Paul is talking about our fleshly human body because it craves for things that are not good for us. Paul cries out, “Wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of death?” (verse 24)

If we are going to be victorious over sin in our lives, we must come to the place where we realize we cannot win over sin by our own physical strength. We must have a spiritual strength that we do not have.

Paul then surrenders himself and accepts God’s gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and gives up his failed self. We must do the same. (verse 25)

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