The War is Won but the Battles Continue

2023 Summer in Romans  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  32:21
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Humankind Is Proud

Philippians 3:4 ESV
4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:

In General, We Think We’re OK.

Philippians 3:5 ESV
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;

Life is About My Choices.

Romans 7:5 ESV
5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

There Ought to Be a Law!

Philippians 3:6 ESV
6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

From Innocence to Ignorance

Romans 7:7 (ESV)
7 ... if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

From Ignorance to Guilt

Romans 7:5 ESV
5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

From Guilt to Conviction

Romans 7:9 ESV
9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.

The Battle Continues

Romans 7:14–15 ESV
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Romans 7:16–17 ESV
16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Romans 7:18 ESV
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
Romans 7:19 ESV
19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Romans 7:20 ESV
20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

The Battles Continue

Romans 7:21 ESV
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
Romans 7:22–23 ESV
22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Grace Alone Provides Redemption

Romans 7:24 ESV
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

The War Has Been Won

Romans 7:25 (ESV)
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Hebrews 10:12–13 ESV
12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
Romans 8:1–2 ESV
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
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