The struggle of the Christian’s battle against sin. (v14-25)
We need to take up this struggle (the cross) in our battle against sin.
- The essence of the struggle is like being in a battlefield.
“…Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work waging war against the law of my mind...” v21-23
- The agony of the struggle is intense.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. …For I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death.” v15,18,19,24
The Romans 1 person - laughs in the face of God as they willfully sin by exchanging the truth of God for a lie.
The Romans 7 person - laments over their sin before God as they acknowledge the reality of their struggle to God and others.
- God sees your struggle.
- The struggle is not sin.
- There is forgiveness.
- You are defined by your true nature as a child of God.
- God is for you, not against you.
- Jesus prays for you.
- The ultimate battle has been won.
- You can live in increasing victory over sin.