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Mankind And The Law
Rom. 7:1-25

Introduction
All of mankind is represented in one of three kinds of lifestyles.  We are Natural Persons, Carnal Persons, or Spiritual Persons.

The term "law" appears 78 times in the book of Romans. The term Law appears 23 times in chapter seven (7). So the term LAW is very important in this book and chapter.

I gleaned a lot of help from several books but especially from John Phillips work on Romans.


1. The Law And The . . Spiritual Man. 7:1-6

A. He . . Knows The Law's Power Ends At Death. 7:1-3
1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.

    1. Rom. 6:14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace. (HCSB)

Illustration
I read an illustration a long time ago about a woman who married a man just to get out of her house and a domineering father. She married an older man and he was very domineering, and gave her a list of requirements. He died and after a few years she married again to a man she loved very much.

One day while cleaning in her attic she found the old list of requirements from her first husband and laughed that she was doing most of those requirements for her present husband. But she did them motivated by love.

B. He . . Shows The Law's Power Ends At Death. 7:4-5
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another -- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Illustration
Stuart Briscoe tells of his experience as a raw recruit in the Royal Marines during the Korean Conflict. His company was under the supervision of a particularly intimidating sergeant major who dictated how life was going to be for the young soldiers. Briscoe did not realize exactly what a dominant force the sergeant major had become in his life until the day he was discharged from the Marines. On that day, he knew he was a "free" man. No more orders; no more drills; no more "Yes, SIRS!" In spite of what he knew, the first time he encountered the sergeant major after walking out of the discharge office as a free man, he still popped to attention--until he realized he did not have to. He was "dead" to the sergeant major.

So he relaxed in his new identity, and approached the sergeant major as a "former" Marine-- casual and comfortable. Regardless of how his former superior may have disliked Briscoe's new posture and attitude, he was powerless to do anything about it. Briscoe had been discharged from--Briscoe had died to--the sergeant major and his laws (Hughes, Stories, pp. 248-249). --Holman New Testament Commentary

C. He . . Glows From The Newness Of The Spirit. 7:6
6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

1. Psa. 119:176 Verses 8x 22 Letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. All verses Give praise to the LAW.
2. 2 Cor 3:6 He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life. (HCSB)

Illustration
Last Sunday Night we observed the Lord's Supper. I sensed the leading of the Lord to ask people to give a testimony about the person who influenced them for Christ. I really sensed the Spirit of God at work in our service. That is what being spiritual is all about. It is not judging or fusing or fighting or trying to get our way.

Application

The Law And The . . Spiritual Man.

He Knows, Shows, and Glows



2. The Law And The . . Natural Man. 7:7-13

A. The Natural Man . . Discerned By The Law. 7:7-9
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.

1. Rom. 6:15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! (HCSB)

B. The Natural Man . . Deceived By The Law. 7:10-13
10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. NKJV

Illustration
Did you ever see a sign that read, "Wet Paint?" What do most people do. Touch the newly painted object. Paul was told not to covet, but it seemed to stir up covetousness. Why? Satan loves to bring temptation to break the commands of God.

Application

Have you ever touched wet paint and have the sticky substance on your fingers much too long?

Sin takes you where you don't want to go, Keeps you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.



3. The Law And The . . Carnal Man. 7:14-25

Introduction
When was Paul Carnal? I don't know but evidently He Knew.


A. The . . Clarity Of The Carnal Life. 7:14
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

    1. Note all the personal references.

B. The . . Confusion Of The Carnal Life. 7:15-17
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice;
but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that
it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

C. The . . Clashes Of The Carnal Life. 7:18-20
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present
with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do,
I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to
do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

Illustration
A man came into a church where Rom. 7:19 was being read, and settled in saying, "at last I have found my kind of church."

D. The . . Conflicts Of The Carnal Life. 7:21-24
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For
I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 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. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from
this body of death?

1. The . . Conflict Of Law Of God and The Law Of Sin. 7:21-22
        21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
        22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

2. The . . Conflict Of The Law My Members and My Mind. 7:23  
    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.

E. The . . Conquest Of The Carnal Life. 7:24-25
 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of 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. NKJV

Illustration
An old miser regularly counted his money. Many people knew this, and one night a very poor man tried to borrow some money. The miser refused and there came a clash of anger. In his rage the miser killed the poor man.  He then decided to take the body to the river and throw it over the bank and into the swift current. He made his way to the river down the allies and corridors hoping not one would see him. He finally got the body where he could toss it into the river but rigor mortis had set in and pulled him into the river also and he got drowned. 

That is the way of sin. It traps you. Many have habits they would like to break, but they do not have or do not yield to the Power of God for victory. Paul got victory because he got delivered.

Ro. 7:24-25 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of 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. NKJV

Victory come through Jesus, It can be ours today, It can be yours today.

Conclusion
Vernon Grounds writes, "A friend told me of an incident that happened while he was in seminary. Since the school had no gymnasium, he and his friends played basket ball in a nearby public school.

Nearby, an elderly janitor waited patiently until the finished playing. Invariably he sat there reading his Bible. One day my friend asked him what he was reading. The man answered, 'The book of Revelation.' Surprised, my friend asked if he understood it. 'Oh, yes,' the man assured him. 'I understand it!' 'What does it mean?' Quietly the janitor answered, 'It means that Jesus is gonna win.'"

Grounds concludes, "That's the best commentary I have ever heard on that book. Jesus is going to win. That's the biblical mind-set." Morning Glory, January 4, 1994, p. 9

Song:Victory In Jesus

I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory,

How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me;

I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood's atoning,

Then I repented of my sins And won the victory.

I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.

How He made the lame to walk again  And caused the blind to see;

And then I cried, "Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,"

And somehow Jesus came and bro't To me the victory.


I heard about a mansion 

He has built for me in glory.

And I heard about the streets of gold

Beyond the crystal sea;

About the angels singing,

And the old redemption story,

And some sweet day I'll sing up there

The song of victory.

Chorus

O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever.

He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;

He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,

He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.