Romans Chapter 7: Read the Bible Book of Romans

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Joel Boone Romans Chapter 7 Read the Bible Book of Romans

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Welcome back to the “Read the Book of Romans” Challenge. If you are just joining in with us, and this is the first video that you are watching, I want to encourage you to go to There, you can find out all the information you need to know about what it is that we are doing here together. But, for everyone who is coming back, “Great Job!” You are doing awesome, we are almost to the half-way point. Keep going, keep reading. Everybody is doing a fantastic job leaving comments, sharing your thoughts, and giving insight to what is standing out to them as we go through the Book of Romans together. Well, let’s jump into today. We are in Romans Chapter 7.

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4 Responses

  1. Jonathon Cline

    I understand what Paul is saying in this chapter about the war that goes on inside of us mentally. It is where our sinful nature is continually trying to distract us from the spiritual things we should be doing for God. The question that came up when I read verse 20 was that it almost sounds like an excuse on why I do sinful things. It sounds like Paul is saying that it’s not me doing those things but my sinful nature. So if someone was reading this and took verse 20 as an excuse whenever they stumble, how would you explain that Paul is not using this as an excuse?

    • Jonathan, thank you for bringing up this great question! Here is the verse in question:

      “Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

      As I read your questions, I think a key thought is found in the phrase:

      “[taking] verse 20 as an excuse whenever they stumble.”

      This is a great distinction to discern. A starting question to unpack this discussion could be framed, “Does Paul use verse 20 to provide an excuse for when he stumbles?”

      I would state that Paul does not use verse 20 as an “excuse” for sin, but as an “explanation” for sin.

      1. Paul does not excuse sin.

      Paul recognizes that his sin brings death, and that the law made sin recognizable.

      “Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

      In verse 13, Paul acknowledges that sin produced death in him. So, in this sense, sin is not “excused” but rather held accountable by what it produces, namely death.

      2. Paul explains the root of sin in his life.

      First, it is explained that there are conflicting forces at work within Paul.

      “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

      Second, Paul identified his flesh as the root problem.

      “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭7:18-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

      In conclusion, I see Paul recognizing the severe consequences of his sin, which is death. Also, I see Paul seeking to explain that which is rather confusing to him: the conflicting natures battling within him, the flesh and the Spirit.

      Now, I think I only attempted to answer half of a question here, but it is a start to a discussion! I look forward to hearing back from others their input as well!


      • Jonathon Cline

        I agree with your argument. I wanted to play devils advocate so as to come at it as someone who is reading it in a different frame of mind. I do not believe Paul uses it as an excuse but as you put it, more of a clarification of the root or cause of his sin. One cannot take on the enemy until one names the enemy and is able to confront the enemy. You did a great job of clarifying. I too am looking forward to input from others.

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