Paul explains the nature of the law, the reasons why we struggle with sin, and the solution to man's problem of sin.
1. As you struggle with wickedness and temptations, DO NOT BLAME GOD OR HIS COMMANDS.
-We like to point fingers at God when things go wrong.
-We often say that we sin because God's standards are too high.
-To blame God is totally wrong because
>our sin is from out evil inclination (v7-12)
>we simply suffer the consequences of our sin (v13-20)
>we have inner struggles with sin (v21-23)
2. BLAME YOUR SINFUL NATURE or your struggle with wickedness and temptation.
-God did not cause us to fail, but it is our sinful desires.
-Because of sin, we are predisposed to rebellion (v8-10)
-We are predisposed to evil because sin has deceived us to thinking that happiness is from the "freedom" of having no rules (v11-12)
-We do evil things because sin and the sinful nature enslave us (v13-23)
3. JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SET US FREE FROM THE BONDAGE AND CONSEQUENCE OF SIN.
[Note: Wretched means balancing a heavy weight on one's body; an extremely hard and miserable trial to bear.]
-Hope is in Jesus that we will be able to conquer sin in Him and rescue us from this body of death.
-We have hope based on the value of His death and resurrection.
*based on Romans 7:7-25
by Rev. Dr. David Go