Sin, Confess & Salvation (Romans 7:15-25)

Romans 7:15-25

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

21 I find then the [a]principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God [b]in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in [c]the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner [d]of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from [e]the body of this death? 25 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.


  1. Romans 7:21 Lit law
  2. Romans 7:22 Or concerning
  3. Romans 7:23 Lit my members
  4. Romans 7:23 Lit in
  5. Romans 7:24 Or this body of death

v15-v16 – one player – that’s “I”

v17 – two players – “I” and the sin”

v18 – whatever it is that is dwelling in you is not you

v19-21 – evil and sin is the nature of that “nothing good” which indwells
vs Romans 6:12 – “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”
-> this is our responsibility not to let sin reign in our mortal body

v22 – when we act out of character with who we really are, the Holy Spirit immediately brings conviction before of our union with God. This explain the endless sin-confess cycle.
To break the cycle – 1) submit to God 2) resist the devil i.e. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)  and 3) close the door and don’t open it again!

v23 – “waging war again the law of the mind” – the war is in mind (a thought, then on flesh?)

v24 – It means “miserable man that I am” instead of “wicked or sinful man that I am” – he knows and want to do right but he can’t

v25 – the victory is Jesus Christ our lord ( Romans 8)

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [a]inChrist Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death….

Q – Jesus condemned sin in the flesh and thought him we our sinful nature could be condemned as well??


P.53- P.59 The Bondage Breaker, Neil. T. Anderson

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Power & Truth

…Power for the believer comes in knowing and choosing the truth. We are to pursue truth, because we already have all the power we need in Christ (Ephesians 1:18-19).

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength (NIV)

18 並 且 照 明 你 們 心 中 的 眼 睛 , 使 你 們 知 道 他 的 恩 召 有 何 等 指 望 , 他 在 聖 徒 中 得 的 基 業 有 何 等 豐 盛 的 榮 耀 ;19 並 知 道 他 向 我 們 這 信 的 人 所 顯 的 能 力 是 何 等 浩 大 , (CUV)

18 我也求上帝照亮你们心中的眼睛,使你们知道祂的呼召给你们带来了何等的盼望,祂应许赐给众圣徒的产业有何等丰富的荣耀, 19 并且祂在我们这些信的人身上所运行的能力是何等浩大。 (CCB)

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13)

“I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one… Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth” (Ephesians 6:14)

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true… let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8)

P.23-P.24, The Bondage Breaker, Neil. T. Anderson

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