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Carl Westerlund :: Romans 7:15-20 - The Struggle with the Law

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Romans in Outline No. 72

1.1  THE LAW IS GOOD BUT I CAN NOT KEEP IT

Romans 7:15-16

2.1  Round #1: Things I should do

2.2  Round #2: Things I should not do

Example: Coveting

NOT TRYING HARDER

2.3  The conclusion: The law is good, but I am not

3.1  “IF” First class condition = “since”

3.2  “GOOD” = “beautiful, noble, excellent”

1.2  THE REASON IS THAT I HAVE SIN WITHIN

Romans 7:17-20

2.1  The problem with the ego

3.1  NOT A DUAL PERSONALITY

3.2  BUT TWO PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOUR

4.1  The Old Man

4.2  The New Man

2.2  The problem with the flesh: The will is corrupt

Romans 7:18-19

3.1  MAN WAS CREATED WITH THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE

Genesis 2:16-17

3.2  WITH THE FALL MAN HAS A DARKENED WILL

3.3  DELIVERANCE COMES BY CHOOSING TO ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN IN SALVATION

Rev. 22:17; John 5:40

3.4  AS BELIEVERS, WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE GOD

Romans 6:19-20

3.5  BUT IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT CHOOSE CORRECTLY

Romans 7:14-20

3.6  PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ENABLES US TO MAKE GODLY CHOICES

Ephesians 4:20-24

2.3  The problem with sin

Romans 7:20

Romans 7:15-20

15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (NKJV)

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Romans 7:21-24 - The War of the Laws Next Section →
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