Friday, January 1, 2010

Romans 7: Christ Will Redeem Us From The Presence Of Our Sin Nature

Text: Romans 7

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

3. In Sanctification (6:1-8:17)
   B) Of Practice (6:12 - 7:25)

As death frees one from obligation to marriage, so the death of Christ frees believers from obligation to the law, enabling them to bear fruit for God (1-6). Though the law is just and good, man's sin nature prevents him from keeping it, actually provoking him to sin more, since it naturally opposes anything it knows to be God's will. Thus, as he fails to keep it, the law only makes man more aware of his sin and the death penalty he deserves.

When someone trusts Christ as Savior, he is born from above (John 3), receives a new, spiritual nature from God (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17), and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (cf. John 14; 17; Ephesians 1:13ff). With this new nature, however, the believer also retains his old, fallen, sin nature. On the one hand, his spiritual mind knows God's will and wants to do it.  On the other, his "carnal" mind opposes God's will and keeps him from it. As a result, believers constantly struggle within themselves, unable to obey God in the strength of their flesh. Only when Jesus redeems their bodies (cf. 8:1-25), will believers finally be delivered from this "wretched" struggle with their two opposing natures. 

The believer's death to sin and resurrection to newness of life in Christ, however, frees him from the Law, enabling him to bear fruit for God (Romans 6:1-23). This is possible by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit--and not his flesh--as he knows his position in Christ (that he has died with Him to sin and been raised with Him to newness of life), counts it to be true, then yields his members as instruments of righteousness to God (cf. 6:1-23).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.