Sin has dominion? Not!

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Romans 7:7-25

 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.

The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.

So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

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.

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.

So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

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.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

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“…if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. …”

Tell a child not to touch and watch them; they are drawn to touch.  They have to see ‘why?’

 “…For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.

So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

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. …” 

Oooh, eating unhealthily is easier than to eat healthy and exercise and so we eat to our death; we kill the flesh!

“…For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. …” 

And so we say:  I can’t help myself!  True? 

“…So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. …” 

Oh yes, the tempting desserts or the snacks.  Just determine to forego snacks and watch how often chips and dip show up… 

“…For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. …” 

Aha!  And so we continue to eat the ‘wrong’ fruit, acting under self-driven desire!  Eating our way to death!

Now do we ‘get it’?

But it doesn’t end there!  There is freedom from this bondage through Christ.  Christ defeated death and sin; and in him we can do the same!

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2 thoughts on “Sin has dominion? Not!

  1. The essence of these verses has been on my mind a lot as I’ve struggled with my own hang-ups. Thank you for reminding me that there is freedom from this bondage in every single area of our lives…and that there is always “a way out”. I cannot say “I can’t help it” when I lose my temper, for example. Jesus has rescued me from slavery to my emotions. I am so thankful that I can run in freedom and that the work in me will continue till the day of completion!

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