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Romans 7:21-25

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Victory Over Sin if We Follow the Biblical Direction

Romans 7:21-25

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Lesson Number 21

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The new nature in the believer serves the law of God.
  2. The old nature in the believer serves the law of sin.

Practical Application

  1. Remember it's Who, not what.

Questions

  1. What is it like to try to live as a Christian apart from the Holy Spirit?
  2. Give an illustration from your life relating to Question #1.
  3. What is the problem here?
  4. What is the problem here?
  5. Does the new nature have to work at pleasing God?
  6. In what does the new nature delight?

Answers

  1. There is a great inner struggle, and doing the right thing is not automatic. We do what we don't want to do, and we fail to do what we want to do.
  2. Personal answer. The illustration on the cassette was falling asleep while praying.
  3. Sin still indwells us as believers.
  4. When we become Christians, we receive new life, we are born again, and we are given a divine nature from God Himself. See 2 Peter 1:4.
  5. No. Whoever is born of God does not sin. See 1 John 3:9.
  6. It delights in the law of God.

Discuss/Consider

  1. We still sin because we still have the flesh or the old nature. It acts as an evil principle in our bodies, always trying to bring us down into sin. So we cry out with Paul, "O wretched man that I am." What can we do about this dilemma?
  2. The law of sin is in operation to disrupt us from the worship of God. Bear this in mind when you are diverted from the worship of God.

Challenge

  1. Who will deliver you from sin? Remember, it's Who, not what. The solution is focussed in God Himself.

Key Verses

  • "I delight in the law of God according to the inward man, but I see another law in members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin." Romans 7:22-23
  • "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of 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." Romans 7:24-25

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