Aug 04

Most Protestant sects teach that Paul’s experience in Romans chapter 7 is the experience we are to expect as a Christian. One of sinning and repenting, bemoaning our wretched experience, doing the evil we don’t want to do, and being captive to the law of sin.

I hold that the Bible teaches that Romans 7 was Paul’s experience before he was converted to Christ. Following are a number of scriptures that I have put in two categories — pre-conversation and post-conversation.

Pre-Conversation:
Rom 7:14 but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am!

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Post-Conversation:
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

1Th 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

2Co 6:4-6 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

2Co 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Act 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

I trust you can see the difference between Paul’s pre-conversation testimony and his post-conversation testimony.

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5 Responses to “Pauls Experience in Romans Chapter 7”

  1. 1. John Banman Says:

    Amen! The word of God speaks for itself doesn’t it!?

  2. 2. Sandra Says:

    Just found your website. Keep up the good work. God bless!

    Blessings,
    Sandra
    http://www.dividingword.net

  3. 3. Shehan Says:

    you doing a good ministry.Praise the lord.bless you in jesus name.amen

  4. 4. Brad.Dickey@gmail.com Says:

    What I find amusing is that Paul did not every say that he suffered this dilemma. And even if he did he provided the answer in romans 8:9 where he said if you are indwelled by the Spirit you are NO LONGER IN THE FLESH/SINFUL NATURE/SARX.

    So why would anyone teach this is expected to be battled with until you die when the bible teaches different.

    In romans 7 16-end he presented some hypotheticals of the person who suffered still from this sinful nature. NOTICE THE IF!!!!!! People stop ignoring the if. IF you are indwelled by the spirit you are no longer in the flesh in romans 8:9. You can’t then turn around and say I’m indwelled by the spirit AND in the sinful nature. One of them has to go. Same with romans 7, he gives some IFS from 16 forward to deal with. It wasn’t him personally. He used personal pronouns in a sort of speaking method representing all of mankind early in the book. It’s sometimes called a historical present. But from 16 on it’s pure hypothetical explanations.

  5. 5. Larry Says:

    What a blessing to see someone who is able to make the right deductions and conclusions concerning Rom 7. Of course Paul was not saying that he was lost in sin and unable to stop. How deluded is modern false Christianity. How far from the most basic truths of Christianity have they fallen!

    Sure there are times when we may face temptation, but as James shows, that is our opportunity to show our love to God by resisting temptation, even if it means resisting unto blood. We have a source of strength; coming before the throne of grace to receive strength to help in time of need.

    Let’s identify the false gospel of defeatism for what it is; a doctrine devils designed by the Father of lies to destroy souls.

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