Romans 7:7-25

Romans 7:7-25

September 1, 2008

It is becoming a very popular teaching that the Apostle Paul was not a saved man when he wrote portions of Scripture. I feel it is time for a reckoning on this point. The apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans about 26 years after his Damascus road experience. It was the sixth of his new testament epistles and was written from the city of Corinth on his third visit there. I find it hard to comprehend that there are those who believe that an unregenerate man was so filled with the Spirit of God that he was able to pen the words in Rom.7:7-25. When Paul cried out in verse 24 “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” This was not the cry of a lost man. This was the cry of a sinner saved by Grace who loathed sin and wanted not to do it. He explained his position very well for the discerning reader to understand. The fact that sin bothers you is evidence of salvation. You can not live in sin and be happy if you are a Child of God.

Further, consider what he wrote in Romans 7:7-25. No lost man can understand the battle that rages within the soul of a saved man. That ever present battle of the Spirit and the flesh. Each wanting you to follow. There is no battle in a lost man. It is not hard to remember my unregenerate life. I loved my sinful lifestyle, I was having a ball. Paul would not have been able to write about this if he had not known this. And no child of God does not know about the battle raging in our hearts as we look for the coming of our Lord to recieve us from this world into that Glorious presence and so ever to be with him.

As to those who preach that he was lost when he penned this portion of Scripture, you may need to study, find out what he wrote previously and discard all of those six books from the bible you use.  And there is also the need to consider the elementary, present tense language that he used when he penned these words.  He understood the fact that we have an advocate when we sin, for we still do sin after we are saved, but the Holy Spirit convicts  us of sin and brings us to repentance.  Be careful of other versions of the bible because they change the wording and thereby the meaning in many passages.  As for myself I will stick with my KJV 1611.

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6 Responses to Romans 7:7-25

  1. Roger says:

    I really believe this is Paul talking about himself while under the law. A testimony of his life before Jesus. I tell people isn’t it funny that Paul wrote Galatians around 49 A.D. Then he wrote Thess. 1&2 around 51 A.D. Then he wrote 1 Cor. around 55 A.D. and 2 Cor. around 56 A.D. In all these letters, Paul is instructing the people to STAY AWAY FROM SIN. Now, in 57 A.D. Paul writes the letter to Rome. One year after his latest letter to Corinth. Paul is instructing the Jews & Gentiles about the difference between Law & Grace. About peace with God. About salvation from God’s wrath. About the believers death to sin. All the way up to chapter 7 verse 14, Paul is telling people to STAY AWAY FROM SIN. Now, all of a sudden, from verse 14 through 25, Paul can’t practice what he’s been preaching? I say HOG WASH. I believe this is his testimony. This could be any Christians testimony. Look at verse 25. Was Paul thanking Jesus because on one hand he was serving the law of God with his mind and on the other hand the law of sin with his flesh? I believe Paul is saying, that he is glad that Jesus Christ has delivered him from a contradictory life-style. Where on the one hand he wants to serve Jesus, and on the other hand he wants to serve self (sin). Thank you

  2. jameshknight says:


    Thank you for your comments. God bless you.

    Pastor Knight

  3. Dringenegonee says:

    Very Interesting!
    Thank You

  4. jameshknight says:

    You are most welcome. Please visit again.

  5. Dell says:

    To say there is not a struggle for the unbeliever is to say you have never gotten out into the real world. Yes it is true many of the lost are just tickled pink with their life of sin, but if you ever get them to sit long enough you may find a different story behind what they try to make others believe of themselves. For many other lost folk, they are trying almost anything to cover up or get away from their failures. I have spoken to many lost people that will tell you they have promised themselves and those they love that they would not do the thing that are destroying them and their families, and they may stop for a while,just to find themselves doing it again and again. It’s like something is dragging them back into it against their will. Paul calls it, Sin in the flesh.

  6. Dell says:

    I have studied Romans now for a number of years and as you know, it is a very misunderstood chapter, if not the most misunderstood chapter by many. I really got started studying it under Micheal Pearl. Anyway as I studied this for several years it just kept nagging (in a good way) at me that there was more to what Brother Pearl was saying. I would read it and pray over it and study it more. Looking back I think it had more to do with how would I prove to others that this was a lost man. I personally was convinced that it was, but I was looking for something that would be what some might call, “beyond a shadow of a doubt”. Well long story short, I prayed to God and asked Him to show me what I was missing. Its like I knew there was something I was overlooking, but just could not put my finger on it.
    I was drawn to what bro. Pearl said about Romans 8:1-4. He said it was a summary of chapters 5-8. It goes like this: Romans 8:1 is a summary of chapter 5, v:2 is a summary of chapter 6, v:3 is a summary of chapter 7, and v:4 is a summary of chapter 8.
    Paul repeats himself throughout Romans. He does this as he goes along building his case. He begins this in chapter 5, but for the sake of time I will give you the best set of verses that not only deal with chapters 5-8, but rather chapters 1-8. Its like he asks a question then reiterates his main points as they have been laid out then points toward where he is going in the next chapters. I could not say this except that it is laid out in order as he has began the letter. He does this without skipping around and leaving anything out. Here goes.
    Romans 6:16 is a summary of 1:18-3:20.
    Romans 6:17 is a summary of 3:21-4:25.
    Romans 6:18 is a summary of chapter 5.
    Romans 6:19 (mainly 19c) is a summary of chapter 6-7:6.
    Romans 6:20 and 21 is a summary of 7:7-v:25.
    Romans 6:22 and 23 is a summary of chapter 8.

    Notice how in verse 19 (chapter 6-7:6) it is in the present tense then verses 20 and 21 (chapter 7:7-25) are in the past tense then 22 (chapter 8) moves back into the present tense again.

    This is done again and again; sometimes it is only in a couple of verses and other times it is in a series of verses. For example in 5:9 and 10, chapters 5-8 is touched on. 5:9a speaks of chapter 5, 5:9b speaks of chapter 6, 5:10a speaks of chapter 7, and 5:10b speaks of chapter 8. Again 5:10a is a lost man condition; enemies of God.

    As I was studying all this and soaking it all in I was wondering if perhaps Paul may have done this again in another book. Lo and behold he does. Just as the first 8 chapters are laid out (sinfulness of man, the gospel, looking back/remembering our past, then moving forward in the Spirit and promises of God), he does this in Ephesians. It goes like this;
    Ephesians 2:1-3 (lost man condition), same as Romans 1:18-3:20.
    Ephesians 2:4-10 (the gospel), same as Romans 3:21-7:6.
    Ephesians 2:11 and 12 (remembering/ looking back at our past without Christ and without hope) same as Romans 7:7-25.
    Ephesians 2:13-22 (moving forward in the promises of God) same as Romans 8.

    Again notice how it goes from the present tense in 2:10 then past tense in verses 11 and 12 then present tense in the rest of the chapter.
    All my studies are in the King James bible, so I don’t know how this is in other versions. I say that because I know some versions are basically summaries of the translators opinion of what they believe the verse is saying.
    I am open for correction and any questions you may have.

    For we walk by faith not by sight!
    Dell Russell

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