Many have falsely used Romans 7 to justify sin.
In Romans 7 Paul explains to the Jews in Rome the weakness of the Mosaic Covenant and why a New Covenant and the Holy Spirit is needed to please God. Romans 8 then explains how we can overcome all sin by Christ and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.
Our sinful nature is to be ended by our sincere repentance and baptismal symbolic death; and we are to be raised up out of the water of baptism a NEW person, dead to sin and alive to the every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
We are to rise up from baptism a new person dedicated to living by every Word of God and dedicated to internalizing the very nature of God by the keeping of his Word and the doing of God’s will, unto life eternal in full unity with God the Father and the Son.
The marriage of a physical man and woman is to last until the death of one of the parties.
Jesus Christ died for us and paid the penalty of death for us, yet we must sincerely repent of our PAST sins and accept the free merciful application of his sacrifice and go through the symbolic death and resurrection of baptism.
We are baptized INTO God the Father and Jesus Christ, and into the Holy Spirit; which is the nature of Christ and God the Father; and we are to therefore to rise up DEAD to PAST sin, becoming a new person in God the Father and Jesus Christ; passionately committed to living by every Word of God Father.
When we go down into the watery grave of baptism after sincere repentance and a commitment to “go and sin no more” we are symbolically and literally destroying the old person of sin; and the penalty of the law [death] will then be satisfied by the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
Then we are to rise up a NEW person, wholeheartedly committed to godliness and to internalizing the entire nature of God through faithfully living by every Word of God: Rising up from the watery grave of baptism to go and sin no more, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ and God the Father being given to dwell in us!
The whole Word of God defines the nature of God, and the Spirit of God is also the nature of God; therefore anyone or any spirit that leads you to compromise with the Word of God is of Satan the devil and is a spirit of antichrist!
Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
The law of marriage lasts until the death of one of the spouses.
Those who divorce and remarry in the faith are living in adultery. The only acceptable reason for divorce is if one’s spouse runs off to live in adultery with another or leaves the faith and will not dwell peaceably with the converted spouse (1 Cor 7:15). In that case the guilty person is to be ostracized from the assemblies as unconverted.
7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Physical marriage is an allegorical lesson of spiritual marriage to Christ
God forbids divorce and remarriage in the faith. Only if one or both persons leave the faith may they divorce not being converted and living outside the will of God (Mat 19:8).
If one of the persons is not keeping the commandments and is making the observant person miserable or has fled the marriage; the converted person is not bound to the apostate sinner who rejects their God commanded responsibilities.
The called out are not called to be ONE with evil [one with a wicked person]; we are called to be ONE in complete unity with the Word of God and his righteousness.
If both persons claim to be in the faith and divorce and remarry; they are living in adultery and BOTH should be rejected from the fellowship and congregation.
Marriage is a type of our relationship with God
When we die symbolically in baptism, our marriage [oneness] with sin ends, and we are free to marry [become one with] godliness; then we are raised up out of that symbolic death to be espoused to a new Husband who is Jesus Christ; and we are to be committed to the duties of a bride to follow and obey God the Father and our espoused Husband, Jesus Christ!
7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the [sin and the penalty of the law for sin] law by the body [the sacrificial death of Christ applied to the sincerely repentant] of Christ; that ye should be married to another [that we may be espoused to Jesus Christ], even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Our marriage [unity with] to SIN ends with sincere repentance and our symbolic death in the grave of baptism through the application of the sacrifice of Christ; freeing us from our unity with sin; to become a part of the espoused bride in unity with Christ!
7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions [deeds] of sins, which were [revealed] by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
God’s law teaches us the way to eternal life [which is keeping God’s Word] and reveals how to avoid the way to destruction.
7:6 But now we are delivered from the [penalty of the] law that being dead [the sinful person becoming dead to sin through repentance, baptism and the application of the sacrifice of Christ] wherein we were held [the sincerely repentant are freed from the bondage to sin which brings death]; that we should serve in newness of spirit [now becoming zealous to live by every Word of God in both letter and spirit], and not in the oldness of the letter [the list of (the indictment) of our past sins]
We rise up from baptism free from the indictment [the list of the laws which we have broken] against us; and we are to go forth in the power of God’s Spirit to sin no more; now being given the Spirit of Godliness and the Whole Word of God; which is the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ in print.
We are no longer under the penalty of having broken the law [the law being that those who sin must die], being delivered by the sacrifice of Christ and the grace of God.
We are now freed from that part of the law [through the application of the sacrifice of Christ], which declares that we must die for our past sins; and being freed from our PAST sins and the indictment against us for those sins; we are to go forward in a newness of spirit, sinning no more.
7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: [the law is not sin; the law defines and describes sin and helps us to understand what sin is, so we can avoid sin and live!] for I had not known lust [we could not understand and avoid the evil of lust, unless God told us in his Word], except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
The law reveals what sin is, taking away our cloak of ignorance of what sin is, and makes us cognizant of our sins; and if we continue in sin with the knowledge of what sin is; we are even more guilty of sin than when we sinned ignorantly. For example of a person knows and admits that the Sabbath is Holy and then proceeds to pollute it; they are sinners indeed.
Paul now shows how the law [the formal law given at Sinai] which was intended to bring life, instead brought death because the people could not keep the law.
This is about the Mosaic Covenant as a background to explain the need for a New Covenant and the necessity for the Gift of the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep God’s law which brings LIFE ETERNAL!
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence [evil thoughts leading to sin]. For without the law sin was dead.
The law reveals what sin is and without the law man cannot know what sin is; therefore once we have our eyes opened to the law defining sin, we become more guilty for breaking the law willfully than when we did so ignorantly.
7:9 For I was alive without the [not knowing the law] law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived [because I had broken the law], and I [I came under a penalty of death for my sin] died.
The law which was meant to bring life by teaching us how to avoid sin; resulted in our falling into the condemnation of the law; through our law breaking
7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
The law could not be kept; demonstrating the need for the empowerment of God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the law
The law which was given to teach us the way to life, then resulted in the breaking of that law through temptation to sin; and that law which was holy, was twisted by Satan into a tool to destroy us.
7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
The law is Holy and Just and Good; it is the breaking of the law which is sin and evil.
The law is the very nature and will of God defined; and the Word of God is truth, love and righteousness personified.
Therefore the breaking of that law is a departure from the nature, love, mind and Spirit of God; and is the opposite of righteousness, truth, and holiness.
7:13 Was then that which is good [the law being very good] made death [Does the law bring death? NO!] unto me? God forbid. But sin, [the sin of law breaking IS death and the law reveals what sin is, so that we could henceforth avoid sin and death] that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; [sin is commandment breaking and brings death; while the law if we keep it: Brings Life!] that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Does the holy law bring death? NO; it is the breaking of that law which is sin and brings death!
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The carnal mind cannot be subject to the holy law of God which law is spiritual; therefore it was essential that a New Covenant with the addition of the power of God’s Spirit come, to enable man to keep God’s Word.
Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
The weakness or ignorance of the flesh causes us to stumble so that we cannot keep the law. Therefore of necessity we need God’s help to keep the Word of God; and that help comes in the form of a New Covenant with an effective sacrifice for PAST sin and the Gift of God’s Spirit of overcoming power!
Through temptation or trial, our weak flesh will fall to sin; THAT IS WHY WE ARE TO RELY ON OUR DELIVERER AND NOT TRY TO OVERCOME SIN ON OUR OWN! which was the lesson of the Mosaic Covenant!
We cannot overcome sin on our own! Only the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit can overcome the sin which besets us!
Paul then speaks of the Mosaic Covenant and how there was a desire to obey God, but no strength to do so.
7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:18 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. 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Mosaic Israel was a tremendous object lesson that we cannot keep the Word of God by our own strength; proving the necessity for a New Covenant [Jer 31:31] and God’s empowering enabling Gift of His Holy Spirit
Our lives in the New Covenant faith are a constant struggle to overcome sin and replace that sin with the nature of Jesus Christ and his faithful love and obedience to the law of God.
Should we then give up the struggle and compromise with sin because enduring and overcoming is difficult, as many in Israel wanted to do in the desert of Sinai; or should we seek and use the strength of our God and the Gift of His Spirit to lift us up above our trials?
The temptation to sin is ever with us, yet if we are waging a constant and strong struggle against law breaking and sin, and we slip due to momentary weakness; it is the sin that we are fighting against that has momentarily overcome us, contrary to our own personal will!
But if we begin to justify law breaking and compromise, we are giving up the good fight and no longer struggling against sin, we are justifying and condoning our sin of law breaking; instead of running to our High Tower of Strength and Deliverer from bondage.
The called out and faithful delight in the Law and Word of God; yet being weak they cannot keep the Word of God on their own.
The Word of God is spiritual; and can only be kept through the indwelling Spirit of the one who had no sin and overcame all, to sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. We can not do it on our own; it is Christ dwelling in us that overcomes our sinful nature for us, if we rely on and follow him!
7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man [in my mind]: 7:23 But I see another law in my members [body], warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
If our mind or spirit, delights to do the Word of God, and yet we are in an apparent continual losing battle with our natural carnal man; what are we to do?
Who can deliver us? Is it not Jesus Christ who delivered Israel out of the slavery of Egypt?
Just as Pharaoh was a type of Satan and Egypt was a type of slavery and bondage to sin; Israel was a type of those called out of spiritual Egypt; and just as Jesus Christ delivered Israel out of Egypt; he will also deliver us out of our slavery to sin and the god-king of this world.
Therefore let us put on the whole armor of God; and fight the good fight against all commandment breaking, with the strong right arm of our Magnificent Deliverer and the power of God’s Spirit!
And if we slip or stumble; let us rise right back up, dust ourselves off; and let us run to our Mighty Tower of Strength, for his power to forgive and enable us to overcome.
Let us NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up the fight to maintain zeal to live by the whole Word of God! Let us NEVER try to self- justify compromising with God’s Word, because we are weary with well doing!
7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Paul then answers his own question in chapter 8. It is God the Father and Jesus Christ who are able to deliver us from our wretched predilection to sin!
7:25 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.
Paul’s desire was to serve God, yet like us he could unintentionally slip. We will be tempted and we may struggle and sometimes slip, but we must NEVER give up fighting the good fight, until through Christ we have conquered sin!