It really troubles me when religious people refer to Romans Chapter 7 to excuse their sins. And I deplore the line, “we are only human and we are going sin.”
Almost as revolting is the line, “we sin every day.”
Immoral sinful people, religious or otherwise, are always looking for crutches to hold them up in their unbelief. In Romans 7 the Apostle Paul was emphasizing the weakness of the flesh and the need of the power to overcome sin. If they would only read chapter eight they would find there, using a famous line, “the rest of the story.”
Romans 8:1 [NASU]
For Those Who Are In Christ Jesus
Now go back to Romans, chapter 6, beginning in verse 3—-
Romans 6:3 [NASU]
Again in the book of Galatians,
Galatians 3:27 [NASU]
Baptized Into Christ Jesus
If a person is baptized into Christ Jesus, baptized into His death and then raised up in the newness of life, then he is in Christ Jesus.
“Therefore there is now no condemnation.” Understand, the Apostle is not speaking of a water baptism here he is speaking of dying to the sinful deeds of the flesh. Dead men do not sin, they are dead.
Now if you have not been baptized into the death of Christ then the old sin nature of the flesh is still very much alive and you will sin.
Romans 8:2 [NASU]
There is no condemnation for who?? For those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus, those who have crucified the flesh and buried it with Christ; those who have followed their Lord into the “regeneration,” (Matthew 19:28) into the new birth.
Romans 8:3-4 [NASU]
Who Do Not Walk According to the Flesh
The requirement of the law of sin and death is fulfilled in those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and are walking according to His power and leading.
Romans 8:5 [NASU]
Set Their Minds
It is a matter of submission or “mind set.” One who has submitted has set his mind on the things of God and is led of the Spirit of God, thus he is empowered to overcome sin.
Romans 8:6-8 [NASU]
For the Mind Set on the Flesh is Death
A stern warning for those who say, “we are only human and we are going to sin, even the apostle Paul sinned.” (That gives me chills.) Where is you mind set? If it is set on the things of the flesh it is set on death!!!
But the Mind Set on the Spirit
The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace and the fruit he bears is the fruit of righteous.
Romans 8:14 [NASU]
We must remember that our Lord came and died a horrible death to take away our sins, not to prepare a way for us to wallow in sin and still go to heaven. The biggest sin committed by church-going people is that of drunkenness and immorality–this is what people are wanting to hold on to and still have a clean conscience–there is no way people!!! Either be converted or die in your sins.
James C. Sanford