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Romans 7:25 - Mind With God - Flesh with Sin Bookmark

This is the true perfection of those that are born again, to confess that they are imperfect. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (NET)

Perhaps it would be good to remember the beginning of this section of the argument as we come to its conclusion.  It began with the thought that:

God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant.  So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:20-21 NLT96)

Paul has expanded the argument by illustrating that sin is the master and we are the slaves.  I would have liked it better had the Lord done away with sin, but instead he did away with the sinner for in Christ we have died to sin.  Then he used the illustration of marriage to express the law and its holiness provoking sin to display itself in us.  But since we are dead to the law in Christ, it no longer has the power to provoke:

So then, dear friends the point is this:  The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross.  And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead.  As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God.  (Romans 7:4 NLT96)

This then culminates the finding of fact in Paul's experience that with the "law of his mind," he tries to obey the "law of God," but the "law of sin and death" give him only one choice.  We have thus seen the sad but continuous epitaph of the sin in a battle with God Himself and the sinner with a terminal case of self-inflicted wounds.  The first husband (the Law) unable to extricate the fallen but the second husband (Christ and His Gospel) bringing not only deliverance but everlasting triumph!  Thanks is too small a word to convey the song of a soul set free!

This is the true perfection of those that are born again, to confess that they are imperfect. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (NASB)

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. (KJV)

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (NET)

Perhaps it would be good to remember the beginning of this section of the argument as we come to its conclusion.  It began with the thought that:

God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant.  So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:20-21 NLT96)

Paul has expanded the argument by illustrating that sin is the master and we are the slaves.  I would have liked it better had the Lord done away with sin, but instead he did away with the sinner for in Christ we have died to sin.  Then he used the illustration of marriage to express the law and its holiness provoking sin to display itself in us.  But since we are dead to the law in Christ, it no longer has the power to provoke:

So then, dear friends the point is this:  The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross.  And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead.  As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God.  (Romans 7:4 NLT96)

This then culminates the finding of fact in Paul's experience that with the "law of his mind," he tries to obey the "law of God," but the "law of sin and death" give him only one choice.  We have thus seen the sad but continuous epitaph of the sin in a battle with God Himself and the sinner with a terminal case of self-inflicted wounds.  The first husband (the Law) unable to extricate the fallen but the second husband (Christ and His Gospel) bringing not only deliverance but everlasting triumph!  Thanks is too small a word to convey the song of a soul set free!



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