I Find A Law – Romans 7:21
“I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.” This verse, Romans 7:21, is a key part of Paul’s autobiography. He tells us that he did not understand some of the things he was experiencing (7:15) but then he discovered that sin was alive in him. It proved a breakthrough for him and it may also be the same for us.
How To Go To Church – Colossians 3:11-17
Many who are not so skeptical about God are often skeptical about Church? Is there a difference between going to Church and being the Church? Who is the Church? What should the Church be like? What does the Church do when she gathers?
What God Did – Romans 8:3
Paul laments, “the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I keep on doing” (7:14). Who has not encountered this frustration? The Christian life is sometimes seen as a struggle between flesh and Spirit. This often implies flesh is strong and Spirit is weak. But this is false. Truer to say that the power of the flesh has been rendered ineffective and the Spirit is strong.
These Are The Sons Of God – Romans 8:14
Sons of God are those we identified last week as brethren. These men and women share a ‘common salvation’ (Jude 3) and common life through the Gospel. All Christians share this family likeness. The sons of God are those led by the Spirit of God. Led where? Into a life or death battle against the sin that indwells them.
Brethren, We Are Debtors – Romans 8:12
Debt is usually a heavy burden from which we long to be free but it is not so in Romans 8. Instead, it is a massive provision of God that will set us free from the greatest difficulty of our lives, which is the destructive ruling tyranny of personal sin. Here, we are taught how to “put to death” the sin, which is in us.