Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 30

Romans ~ Gratitude
Rom. 7
Romans chapter seven really makes three points critical to Paul’s argumentation.
(1) To Jews who might have been concerned, the law of Moses no longer holds
any obligation on any Jew; they are free to be joined to Christ. (2) The conviction
of all men as guilty of sin does not mean the problem was ever with the Law or
the Lawgiver; the problem has always been, human choices to disobey the law.
(3) The only way for one to be fully released from the struggle of trying to be
justified by law is, to accept God’s provision of salvation through Jesus Christ.
This last part of Romans 7 is sometimes called Paul’s Spiritual Autobiography.
He describes his own personal struggle, when he was seeking to be justified by
the law of Moses (plus the additional man-made rules of traditions of the
Pharisees and elders). He wanted to do right, but struggled to make it, hindered
and discouraged by his sin. The destination of this narrative is – for Paul to say,
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
The whole chapter takes the reader to gratitude.
Have you ever thought what it must have been like, to try to be right with God
while under the Law of Moses? Romans chapter seven gives us a glimpse into
that. But notice how it connects into chapter eight.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
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