This week Pastor Jeff taught the beginning of Romans 7:
There is a battle between our flesh and spirit. In Romans 6:14 Paul made this bold statement: “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, for you are not under law but under grace.…” Now, in chapter 7 he expounds upon this. “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?” (Romans 7:1)
The law was an impossible burden that the Jews could not keep, yet there was no way to be free from it. The law was not bad in itself, but it was insufficient to produce righteousness. The good news is that although we can’t destroy the law, we can find freedom from it by identifying with the death of Jesus.
“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.” (Romans 7:4)
As believers, in Christ, we are now free from legalism, and free to love the Lord. We don’t have to be preoccupied with our failings. We are free to focus on our relationship with the Lord, and He will write His law on our hearts. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”