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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Romans 7:14 r to 23 Who Is This Man?


In Romans 7:14-25 WHO IS PAUL SPEAKING OF IN THESE VERSES
Why We Do What We Don’t Want to Do
Charles e Whisnant      October 02 2011        #45.90
                    
 
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One of the biggest disagreements over this text is who this man is. Whose experience is Paul describing? Is this the experience of Paul, the believer? Or is this the experience of Paul, the unbeliever? Christian or non-Christian? Or should we pose the question with more precision: Is this a morally awakened but unconverted Paul? Or is this the spiritually quickened converted Paul who is new and immature in the faith? Or could this be the mature Christian Paul, but in times of lapsed faith and vigilance? I don't think I will tell you today what I think the answer is. I would like you to be thinking and studying this passage for yourselves without being sure what I think.

Do you ever wonder why, when your children do something wrong or fail to do what you told them and you ask them “Why did you do that?” they respond with, “I don’t know” and your response is “What do you mean you don’t know. How could you not know?” 

Here is what we will do with Romans 7:14-23 We will start like we usually do with a passage. We will adopt the inductive method and work up to a conclusion 
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Vs. 14 Paul makes a opening general statement  about the  position and condition of the man described.  

WE KNOW THAT THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL: BUT I AM CARNAL, SOLD UNDER SIN.”

Vs. 15 describes that position and condition as shown in practice and in daily life.
FOR THAT WHICH I DO I ALLOW NOT; FOR WHAT I WOULD, THAT DO I NOT; BUT WHAT I  HATE , THAT DO IT.”

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16-17 contain two inferences or deductions that can be drawn about this man and his conduct. The first:”IF THEN I DO THAT WHICH I WOULD NOT, I CONSENT UNTO THE LAW THAT IT IS GOOD.” That would be a reasonable assumption.
But there is a second deduction:
NOW THEN IT IS NO MORE I THAT DO IT, BUT SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME,.”

Vs. 18-20 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not that I do.  20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Vs. 16-17 contain two inferences or deductions that can be drawn about this man and his conduct. 
The first:”IF THEN I DO THAT WHICH I WOULD NOT, I CONSENT UNTO THE LAW THAT IT IS GOOD.” That would be a reasonable assumption. 

But there is a second deduction: ‘NOW THEN IT IS NO MORE I THAT DO IT, BUT SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME,.”

Vs. 18-20 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not that I do.  20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 

FOR WE KNOW 1492 THAT THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL:4152  

We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Law is spiritual. The Law is not fleshly. Paul had just explained that the Law is holy and righteous and good.  These facts are not question.   The Law is divine, from God. The Law is a reflection of the character of God, which is holy, righteous, and good.

Paul is using a personalizing to express this position of the Law of God. Once a person has come to know Christ he knows that the Law is spiritual. The Law has come from God and there fore spiritual.

BUT I AM CARNAL,4559 SARKIKOS
 
Paul puts it out there at the very beginning. I am carnal

Paul is saying “I am continually carnal.  He is not talking of his past unsaved stated but his present state. He is talking about his physical flesh.   The word means    fleshly, carnal
“But I who is this?  He is someone who is “carnal.”   Who is someone who is “carnal?

·       Would it be a portrayal of a Christian person who has matured as much as it is possible for a Christian to mature and to develop while he is alive on this world?

 SOLD UNDER SIN.”
·       “I am under sin.” What does that mean? (next week or not)