Romans 7:13-25 – September 16, 2007

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A TERRIBLE INNER CONFLICT (verses 13-25)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Read Romans 12:3 and then read Philippians 2:3. This explains true humility. How does one attain true humility? Can we do this on our own?

Discussion)    True humility is attained through Jesus Christ and not of ourselves.  We must ask Jesus to help us look at ourselves soberly of what is and is not sin compared to what the Bible and Jesus say is sin.  This is brought up because Paul and John (in question 3) show themselves under a microscope for the world to see that they are battling sin and therefore we need to come before Jesus to confess the sin that we are battling and repent of it.

Q2) In verse 15 Paul begins a personal explanation of his feelings of battling sin, his flesh, and the struggle within himself of always doing things he didn’t want to do. Finally, in verse 18, he tells us why he and other Christians have this constant battle. What is the reason he gives?

Discussion)    This constant battle is due to the sin nature (flesh) that we have to deal with on a constant basis.  We cannot get rid of it though we are to sacrifice it daily to the Lord.

Q3) According to I John 1:8-10, if we deceive ourselves and deny our true condition before a Holy God, what do we remain enslaved to?

Discussion)    We will remained enslaved to sin.

Q4) Paul twice mentions in verses 17 and 20 that it is no longer him that does it, but the sin that dwells in him. What is he talking about and is this an excuse for him or any Christian to sin, or what?

Discussion)    No this is not an excuse nor is he using the bliss is ignorance method.  He realizes the struggle that he is in between his Christian life and the sin of his flesh.  He wants to rid himself of sin, but it is not doable since sin lives in our flesh.

Q5) In verses 15-25 Paul is saying that we can resolve the struggle with sin and the struggle with the flesh ourselves. How?

Clues)    This is the trick question.  We cannot resolve this struggle with sin.

Discussion)    Only Jesus Christ can resolve this struggle with sin in our lives.

Q6) Read Colossians 2:11 and then read verse 24. According to verse 24, how intense do you think the struggle against the flesh was for Paul? Why? Whom could he count on for help?

Discussion)    This is a very intense battle because Paul states that he wants deliverance.  Deliverance brings about the travail and pain that a woman goes through in childbirth and how some woman actually die over childbirth.  This is that type of pain he is feeling.  The reason he is feeling this type of pain is that he wants to be rid of his flesh once and for all.  He wants to do only what Jesus wants him to do and not what his flesh ends up doing.  The only person that can deliver him and us from this is Jesus Christ our Lord!

LIFE APPLICATION: After reading and studying these verses how would you answer the question Paul poses in verse 24? And the question, how can I resolve this struggle within my soul – this waging of war – my mind and my will wanting to glorify God, yet doing things of the flesh I don’t want to do?

Discussion)    Jesus Christ is the only way to deliver us from sin and our flesh.  It is not by self-help books, programs, or methods, it is only through Jesus Christ.  The only way to resolve this struggle is to cast it upon Jesus and do not take it back up again.  We are to cast our cares and burdens upon Him for He cares for us.  We then gladly take the yoke that He has for us.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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