Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Power of the Law and the Victory of Grace

Romans 7:1-25                  April 26, 2015                 Link for audio/video/manuscript

After plowing through the deep, muddy fields of reflecting on the darkness of fallen humanity’s sin and sinful behavior in Romans 1-4; the apostle Paul began to build and define the power of God in salvation through the gospel with words like faith and peace and grace and hope in Romans 5. In Romans 6 he chewed through the issues of how grace and law and sin are related, and how they affect our walk of faith with Christ – which continued on into Romans 7 where Paul then set the eyes of our hearts toward Romans 8 and steps on the path that goes through the thick, thorny forest of the relational conflict between sin and the law of God. It is here, after just having explained all of the things the Law does do, Paul now explains that the Law cannot give him the power to overcome the deep conflict with his heart between his fallen, sinful, carnal nature and the holy, righteous and good “spiritual” nature of the “law” of God that is in his “inner being” – to which he cries out: “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”