THREE LAWS IN CONFLICT
As we look at this portion of Scripture in Romans chapter seven, we see three distinct laws colliding in conflict.
Who is portrayed in this portion of Scripture?
It is not so much a person as it is a principle to be taught.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
We are born spiritually dead.
We can not do good even when we want to.
The knowledge of good and evil is there, but the ability to do good is not possible.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
A lost person is living in the flesh continually.
A backslider is living in the flesh and any time we make a decision apart from God’s will we are doing so in the flesh.
So what are the laws described in our Scripture tonight?
I. THE LAW OF GOD.(VS 15,16,25)
A. Bible teaching
From Parents, Sunday school teachers, Pastors and Godly counselors.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
7 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.
12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
II. LAW OF THE MIND (vs 15,16,22,23)
We see then that it is possible to realize that the law is good and that it is pleasing to God and that one may even want to do good.
Yet in the flesh it is impossible to do good.
There are of course those who are without the law who were never taught.
Whose blood is on the hands of those responsible for their teaching.
But Paul is talking to those who know the law.
1 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?
And the teaching here is that the law though it be right, though it be holy and reveal sin and its destruction, it cannot save.
With the mind one may want to do right.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
III. LAW OF SIN (vs 17-23,25)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
2 Chr 6:36
36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
With all the intents of doing good, still sin is the out come.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
For that which I do I allow not
Those in the flesh do not set out to do evil.
To the contrary they were contemplating good.
Most people do not set out to do bad things.
They do not plan on sinning it just happens because we are sinners by nature.
The flesh is vulnerable to sin and sin is inevitable when we walk after the flesh and not after the spirit.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
How shall we be delivered from this body of death, this sinful flesh?