The book of Romans Ch. 7 with J. Vernon McGee. I cut my teeth as a babe in Christ with Thru The Bible Radio. Dr. McGee takes us into the heart of faith! Works vs. Faith. Todays world religions & cults are ALL WORKS driven. What a blessing we have in Christ Jesus!
ROMANS 7: THE STRUGGLE OF THE SPIRIT WITH THE FLESH
v. 1 When Paul uses the word “brethren” he’s referring to his Jewish brothers. The principle Paul begins to establish here is that death brings freedom from the law.
v. 4-6 The Jews who had become Christians thought they still had to keep the law. So, Paul explained that they had died in Christ. Once freed from the law, we can serve God from the motivation of love.
Romans Chapter 7 Commentary & Notes
v. 7 Paul here states that the purpose of the law was to show men their sins.
v. 14 We’re in agreement with the law because it is good and just. Our problem is that the law is spiritual and we are carnal. Jesus explained God’s intention when He gave the law, because the Pharisees had misinterpreted it (Matthew 5-7). The new covenant we have with God depends upon our belief in His righteousness. The old covenant depended on our righteousness in keeping the law.
v. 15 This is the struggle Paul had before he realized that the law was spiritual.
v. 17-20 Only the Christian has this conflict between the flesh and the spirit. The non-Christian lives in harmony with the desires of his flesh, but we Christians are trying to bring our flesh into conformity with the will of God. Now our will and desire is to serve God. So, when we sin, it’s because we still have the sinful nature.
v. 22 My spiritual, inward self loves God’s law and wants above all to obey Him.
v. 23 Our flesh always seeks to gratify itself and struggles with our spirit to bring it under the control of sin.
v. 24 We’re dragging the body of our dead man (our flesh) around with us, hoping for the day when we’ll be released.
v. 25 With God’s help through Jesus, there’s a way that we don’t have to continue to be defeated by the flesh. –Chuck Smith Outline Notes
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. Romans 7:13
Romans Ch. 7 Bible Study
OUTLINE (in brief): From TTB
1. Salutation 1:1-17
2. Sin 1:18 — 3:20
3. Salvation 3:21 — 5:11
4. Sanctification 5:12 — 6:23
5. Struggle 7
6. Spirit-filled living 8:1-27
7. Security 8:28-39
8. Segregation 9 — 11
9. Sacrifice & service 12, 13
10. Separation 14, 15
11. Salutation 16
I. Doctrinal, “Faith,” Chapters 1 — 8
A. Justification of the sinner, Chapters 1:1 — 5:11
1. Introduction, 1:1-17
a. Paul’s personal greeting, 1:1-7
b. Paul’s personal purpose, 1:8-13
c. Paul’s three “I am’s,” 1:14-17
Key verses 16, 17 — the revelation of the righteousness of
2. Revelation of the sin of man, 1:18 — 3:20
This is “Sinnerama.” Universal fact: Man is a sinner.
Ecumenical movement is away from God. Axiom:
World is guilty before God — all need righteousness.
a. Revelation of the wrath of God against sin of man,
1) Natural revelation of God (original version),
2) Subnatural response of man (reversion), vv. 21-
3) Unnatural retrogression of man (perversion),
4) Supernatural requital of God (inversion), vv. 28-
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I’d like to know, from Dr. McGee, what his position is on the Emerging Church…
I’m sure he would not approve… He went to be home with the Lord in 1988! He saw the path of error from Liberals Theology then. Nice to know his teachings are as relevant today as back in his day.
God Bless Tom 🙂