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Romans chapter seven

Don't you know, Brethren,[for I speak to them that know the law], how that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives.---verse 1

 It use to be the most controverted chapter of the entire Bible


 Note: Clearly than, the apostle Paul starts to speak and write to his brethren in Rome, those who are familiar with the law. Christians! How law dominates a man as long as he lives. Every society and in fact the universe is run by laws, and that includes Christianity.

For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to the husband so long as he lives; for if the husband be dead, she is freed from the law of her husband.---verse 2
comment: A woman in the Bible represents a church [Eph.32,-24; Hosea 2:19,20] and GOD in the Bible is represented as our Husband who loves very much [2.Cor 11:2; Jer 3:14]. And if she does not love her husband [GOD] she wants to be freed from His law.

So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.

comment: Friendship with the world is also called  spiritual adultery [James 4:4].

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another -- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.         
For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.---verses 3-5.
  From the previous chapter [6] we can see that the subject of the Apostle is dead to sin and our inherited sinful nature. The law of inherity. We who have inherited the fallen nature of sin from Adam have our sinful passion aroused by the law of GOD when it points out sin to us. The apostle says: "when we were in the flesh" when we obeyed our own sinful lust of the flesh. Since he died daily [Gal.2:20] we also have gone down with CHRIST into the watery grave and died with Him, but no good being a dead Christian if we do not rise again with CHRIST and His resurrection power of the Holy Spirit to walk in newness of life [Romans 6:3,4; 8:1-4 ].

"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held: that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."---verse 6
Note: The letter of the law kills unless there is a Holy Spirit from GOD directly to us who makes it alive we are not delivered from the condemnation and dominance of the law. As he wrote to the church at Corinth:
"For as much as you are manifestly declared to be the epistle of CHRIST ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living GOD, not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart."---2.Cor.3:3.    
                   comment: This is the very new covenant of the new testament that GOD writes love for His holy law into our hearts and mind [Hebrews 8:10]

"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? GOD forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."---v.7
comment: The last of the Ten Commandment told Paul of the lust of the sinful nature we all have. When we have come alive in CHRIST, we gladly obey GOD and not sin[6:16].

"But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead." ---v.8
comment: Sin  is indeed in man, but no one knows it until man learns to know the law. Then he burns all the more with the fires of sin though it is not the fault of the law. But it is by GOD'S grace that the fires are extinguished.
                                   As an analogy we may refer to the heat in lime. No one knows that lime has heat until we pour water on it. Than heat has an opportunity to show itself. The water did not create the heat in the lime, but made it manifest. It is similar with the will of man and the law.

"I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died."---v.9
Amazing how Paul, a trained Pharisee could have been without the law. But like so many Christians today, they are Christians by name only.

"And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death."---v.10
The Apostle means to say: This I recognized in the spirit, or according to my spiritual nature, or as a new man. When we are converted and have our sins forgiven it should bring death to our carnal nature.

"For sin taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me."---v.11
Our sinful nature is indeed deceitful and desperately wicked above  all things [Jer.17:9] and the commandment he is speaking of in every verse since verse 7, is the last of the 10 Commandments that showed Paul and also us the lust of the flesh that is covetous and must be kept under. It is only by the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin and empowering us that we can be victorious over sin.

"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good."---v.12
comment: you will find many Christians today that will not say this of the Ten Commandment law of GOD but speak passionately against it. You wonder why. They must have the wrong spirit as we shall see shortly in verse 14 because GODs law is spiritual.

"Was then that which is good made death unto me? GOD forbid. But sin, that it may appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful."---v.13
comment: It is well for us to look up all the verses in which the apostle Paul in the KJV says that which GOD forbids [Romans 3:31; 6:2,15; 7:7,12,13; Gal. 2:17; 3:21]. This ties in all together and we can see why by GODs commandments sin becomes exceedingly sinful and abhorrent to us. Paul shows a strong hatred for the flesh and a sincere love or the law and all that which is good. A carnal man never does this. he rather hates the law and follows his flesh. The carnal does not fight at all, but readily yields to sin. cf. 1.Cor. 9:27

" For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal sold under sin."---v.14
comment: GODs holy moral law of the Ten Commandments are spiritual as GOD Himself. Sin remains in us, but it does no longer reign. We are certainly carnal but no longer sold out to sin when we are born again.

" For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that do I."---v.15
comment: Surely, for the rest of this chapter, Paul speaks of the carnal nature inside us that is sold under sin, because it is not until chapter eight that the apostle presents the solution to the dilemma.

" If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good."---v.16

" Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."---v.17

"For I know that in me [that is in my flesh], dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me: but how to perform that which is good I find not."---v.18

" For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."---v.19
comment: We would say, I couldn't help it, or, the Devil made me do it.

" Now if I do that which I would not, it is no more I that do do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."---v.20
comment: In other words, can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the Leopard his spots? [Jer.13:23] no, they can't, neither can we change ourselves.

" I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me."---v.21
He discovers that he is tied to a carnal nature from which he cannot escape. He is married to the "old man" of carnality [7:24;6:6]. He can't divorce himself from that nature. The law convicts and condemns him [7:7].

" For I delight in the law of GOD after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."---v.22,23
comment: No doubt here that the apostle Paul compares the holy law of GOD with his unholy law of sin inside himself that is now in conflict since his conversion to CHRIST. His is not referring to church members. Only a converted man delights in the law of GOD after the inward man!

" O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank GOD through JESUS CHRIST our LORD. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of GOD; but with the flesh the law of sin."---v.25  [end of chapter 7 Romans].

recommended further reading: Luther's commentary on Romans.---Kregel publ. 1976 ed.


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