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MESSAGE FOR 07-02-2022 ROMANS CHAPTER SEVEN
NO GOOD THING DWELLS IN OUR FLESH
The book of Romans is an epistle (letter) from the apostle Paul, written to members of the Body of Christ who resided in Rome. As we read in verse seven: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. This book contains sixteen chapters of which Paul, under the inspiration of The HOLY SPIRIT (from whom every word in the Holy Bible is inspired) encouraged the brethren on living by faith in JESUS CHRIST alone, through whom we are justified. He also warned about the judgment of ALMIGHTY GOD, and that nobody is considered righteous without being saved. Paul exhorted on the gift of newness of life we are given in JESUS CHRIST and that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile anymore. JESUS CHRIST shed His precious blood and died on the cross for everyone. He arose from the dead on the third day to conquer sin and death for those who believe on JESUS CHRIST, repent, turn from their sin, and serve JESUS CHRIST. The lessons, encouragement, and warnings in the book of Romans and the entire Word of ALMIGHTY GOD are intended for all of us today as well. This is why ALMIGHTY GOD makes His Word accessible to everyone.
Paul continues with his HOLY GHOST inspired message and elaborates on the daily Christian struggle that he endured. The apostle Paul (Saul) was once part of the “religious elite” who trusted in his own version of the Old Testament law and rejected JESUS CHRIST. He persecuted the Body of Christ, believed he did not need to repent because he was Jewish, of the seed of Abraham, and thought he was doing service to ALMIGHTY GOD. We read about the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus in the book of Acts, chapter nine. In the book of Acts 9:5 GOD’S WORD STATES: And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Paul received this word from JESUS CHRIST on his way to Damascus to further persecute the Body of Christ. He believed, repented, was baptized and filled with The HOLY GHOST. Paul was transformed and equipped by The HOLY SPIRIT to witness to the Gentiles throughout the Roman empire.
However, Paul endured temptations within his flesh, just as we all do throughout our daily lives. Whether it be anger, impatience, or any lustful desire, these sins will certainly rise up within us if we permit them to do so. Once we are saved and serving JESUS CHRIST, we are considered new creatures that have put away our old selves. Despite this fact, we are still fleshly and sinful because we are all born sinners (descendants of Adam and Eve) and prone to temptations. The LORD GOD has blessed all of us with our free will and we must constantly purpose in our hearts to be obedient to ALMIGHTY GOD instead of giving in to our fleshly desires. This is what the apostle Paul speaks about in this chapter – THE DAILY CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE. In the book of Hebrews 10:22 GOD’S WORD STATES: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
We read about the comparison of being bound by the law (Old Testament) to being free through JESUS CHRIST (the fulfillment of the Old Testament). Paul states in verse one: 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? We are given a worldly example of a woman bound by the law of marriage as long as her husband lives. However, if her husband dies, she is free from the bonds of that marriage. Likewise, once we freely choose to serve JESUS CHRIST with our whole heart, we are dead to the law and are considered part of the Body of Christ. The precious shed blood of JESUS CHRIST washes us clean, and we are dead to our old selves. Now we as new creatures in JESUS CHRIST are free to bear good fruit for the kingdom of ALMIGHTY GOD, rather than be slaves to our fleshly desires and produce vain fruit unto death. In the book of Mark 8:36 JESUS CHRIST STATES: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? In the book of James 1:17-18 GOD’S WORD STATES: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Now is Paul saying that the Old Testament law of ALMIGHTY GOD is sin. ABSOLUTELY NOT! We read in verse seven: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Paul is referring to the moral law of ALMIGHTY GOD, the ten commandments, that was originally given to the Jews through His servant Moses. We read about the ten commandments in the book of Exodus chapter twenty. Until JESUS CHRIST died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, only the Jews could receive atonement for their sins. This does not mean The LORD GOD is a respecter of persons, but because JESUS CHRIST is in the lineage of the Jewish people. This lineage began with Abram (Abraham) as we read in Genesis chapter twelve and ends with JESUS CHRIST. However, once we are saved, we are grafted into the family of ALMIGHTY GOD and then considered His children. Therefore, we are all required to obey the moral law of ALMIGHTY GOD. We cannot be saved by the ten commandments, but we are called by The LORD GOD to obey His statutes. We read in verse twelve: Wherefore the law is holy, and commandment holy, and just, and good. JESUS CHRIST STATES in Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Paul speaks about how our sin will lead us to spiritual death and the ten commandments shine a spotlight on the fact that we are all sinners. Ask yourself if you have ever taken The LORD’S Name in vain? Told a lie? Looked upon a person with lust? Felt hatred toward someone? Disrespected your parents? If you are guilty of any of these things, then you are guilty of breaking the moral law of ALMIGHTY GOD and your wages of sin is death. Only through JESUS CHRIST are we washed clean from the bondage of our sin. We read in James 1:14-15, But every man is tempted, when he drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
The apostle Paul continues to describe the daily struggle we endure once we are saved in the latter part of this chapter. The moral law calls to our attention what is right and what is wrong (sin) according to ALMIGHTY GOD. Despite this fact, we sometimes transgress and break the law of The LORD GOD. If we are walking closely to JESUS CHRIST, we will certainly be convicted and desire to repent of our transgressions before The LORD. We read in verses nineteen and twenty: For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not it is no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. The description we read about in verse twenty-three is a powerful example of this daily spiritual battle: 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.
Indeed, the physical and fleshly part of our being will constantly be at war with our spiritual side once we are saved. The only way we can endure and abstain from sin is to abide in JESUS CHRIST and be obedient to the will of The FATHER, instead of focusing on our own needs. In the book of Galatians 5:17 GOD’S WORD STATES: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Paul concludes this part of his letter by posing an important question as we read in verse twenty-four: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? We are all considered wretched in the eyes of ALMIGHTY GOD until we are saved and washed clean through the shed blood of JESUS CHRIST, our only hope (John 14:6).
Paul gives glory to ALMIGHTY GOD and thanks Him in verse twenty-five: …”I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord”. In the book of 1Corinthians 15:57 GOD’S WORD STATES: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen folks, remember if we freely choose to remain in our flesh and serve ourselves, we are serving the law of sin instead of the moral law of ALMIGHTY GOD. This will lead to nothing but condemnation and eternal damnation in the fires of hell. Just as The HOLY SPIRIT equipped the apostle Paul to share this powerful message back then, so The LORD GOD is encouraging and warning everyone today. Our time on this earth is short and we all need to know that we are truly saved. I pray this message has blessed you and inspires you to call on the Name of The LORD today, if you have not done so already. NEED A BIBLE? click on the “Bibles” tab, request one, and it would be my privilege to send you one. MAY THE LORD GOD CONTINUE TO RICHLY BLESS YOU!
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