Romans 7 Bible Commentary - Law Is Dead
Summary of Romans 7. A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If he dies, she is free to marry another. As the law is dead, Christians are free to follow Christ. The law cannot save, and it only highlights sin that leads to death. Through Christ we are delivered from the law and can serve in the newest of the spirit.We do not want to sin, but if all we have is the holy law, the commandments of God, we will still sin. This is because sin dwells in us. Paul says he delights in the law of God, but there is the law of sin that rages in him. Paul asks who can deliver him from his body of sin and death. He thanks God for deliverance through Jesus Christ. See below for Biblical advice and commentary concerning Romans 7.
Romans 7 Scriptures
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?
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6 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.
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15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
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24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
More Commentary on Romans 7: See Middletown Bible Church Sunday School notes Romans Chapter 7, The Believer's Relationship to the Law for more Biblical commentary on Romans Chapter 7.
Romans 7 Biblical Advice and Commentary
Rom 7:2: Christian Marriage Relationships Are A Life-Long Commitment. The Bible is clear that a Christian marriage relationship is a life-long commitment. Romans 7:2 advises us that a person can re-marry if their spouse dies.
Rom 7:3: Christians Can Enter Into Another Marriage Relationship If They Become a Widow or Widower. The Bible is clear that a person can remarry into another Christian marriage relationship if their spouse has died. Romans 7:3 advises us that a person is free to remarry if their marriage spouse dies.
Rom 7:4: The Resurrection Spirit Is For Us To Use. As Christians we have the same resurrection spirit in us that raised Jesus from the dead. God desires for us to use the power of this resurrection spirit. Through a close relationship with God, we can use this resurrection power to turn death into life. Romans 7:4 advises us that we can have the same power of resurrection as Jesus Christ ...
Rom 7:4: God Has Made Us For A Purpose, Not For Being Inadequate. Most of us at one time or another have had feelings of being inadequate. In most cases, the root of the problem is that our feelings of inadequacy are based on us measuring ourselves against the wrong rules or the rules of yesteryear. Romans 7:4 advises us that through Jesus we no longer need to be condemned for our inadequacies.
Rom 7:5: The Feeling of Being Inadequate Comes From Being of Wrong Purpose. You will continue to feel inadequate if you are not fulfilling your real purpose in life. God has called all of us for His purposes. If we rely on ourselves, we are of wrong purpose and will fall short of the glory of God. Romans 7:5 advises us that our own inadequate works without God will result sin and eventually death.
Rom 7:6: Throw Off Feelings of Being Inadequate by Taking on a New Spirit. Most feeling of being inadequate are based on us trying to live up to rules that we were not called to fulfill by ourselves. If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ there is no reason to feel inadequate. Romans 7:6 advises us that we are delivered from all of our inadequacies, imperfections, and our sin through Christ.
Rom 7:7: Secret Sins Revealed Through the Holiness of the Ten Commandments. When we feels guilty about a secret sin that we have, our reaction should not be to suppress the knowledge of our sin and to think that God's commandments are the source of our troubles. God's commandments are holy and are not bad. Romans 7:7 advises us that God through His commandments has revealed to us the sin that is in our heart.
Rom 7:8: Keeping Your Sins Secret Just Enables Sin to More Control Your Life. Sin kept secret will only get worst and enlarge itself in us. It is our human nature that having the knowledge that we have sinned actually increases our sinful activity over time. Romans 7:8 advises us that the more we know sin and do not confess it, the more it will increase.
Rom 7:11: Keeping Your Sins Secret Will Not Save You, But Kill You. Keeping your sins secret only compounds your problems. God did not give you knowledge of sin just so you could keep your sins secret. Romans 7:11 advises that unconfessed sins end up rotting you from the inside out and will eventually lead to death.
Rom 7:13: God's Commandments Reveal That We Are Slaves to Sin. The first step to breaking the bondage of sin is to realize that we are slaves to sin. It is the Bible and God's commandments that make us realize that we are slaves to sin. Romans 7:13 advises us how God's commandment enable us to see that we are sinners that are in bondage.
Rom 7:14: I am Carnal, a Slave to Sin. Our sin nature makes us a slave to sin. We are carnal. Without a relationship with God, our Earthly passions are so strong that we come under control of our appetites and the influences of evil spirits. Romans 7:14 advises us that God's commandments points out to us our sin nature and the bondage that we are under when we sin.
Rom 7:15: A Slave to Sin May be Unwilling, but is Powerless Against Sin. Being a slave to sin is a perplexing situation. A slave does what their master tells them to do, even though the slave does not want to do it. The slave desired to do other things, but the slave cannot do them. A slave ends us doing the things the he or she hates. Romans 7:15 advises of the perplexing situation of being a slave to sin.
Rom 7:16: A Slave to Sin Knows to Do Good, But Does Not Do Good. As an acknowledged slave to sin you know what is good and you agree that it is good. The problem is that by yourself you do not have the power to break the bonds of sins. Romans 7:16 advises us the conflicted mind of a slave to sin.
Rom 7:18: As A Christian I Know To Do Good, But Evil is In Me. As a Christian matures a struggle persists between the desire to good and the evil that continues to be present in the flesh. A Christian has the will, the knowledge, and the conscience to be good, but the sinful flesh does not want to consent. Romans 7:18 advises us on the conscience's struggle between good and evil.
Rom 7:19: As a Christian I Want To Do Good and Resist Evil, But Fall Short. The challenge for Christians is that the knowledge of good and evil does not save a person from sinful desires and consequences of sin. With only the knowledge of good and evil, a person will eventually be overcome by fleshly desires to do wrong and sin against God. Romans 7:19 advises us of the futility of winning the fight against evil without Jesus.
Rom 7:23: By Ourselves Our Evil Desires Will Win Over Our Good Intentions. The challenge with acting on our conscience is our human nature is not perfect. All us in some area of our lives desire to do evil. It is these evil desires that win over our conscience and good intentions. Romans 7:23 advises us on the struggle of conscience and becoming slaves to sin.
Rom 7:25: Through Jesus the Good in Me Prevails Over My Fleshly Desires. It is Jesus that makes the difference in whether we do good or do evil. If we acknowledge our sins and accept Jesus as both our Lord and Savior, we then have the power to do good. When Jesus is our Lord, we are no longer slaves to sin. Romans 7:25 advises to thank Jesus that through Him we do not need to be slaves to sin.