Romans 7 Lesson

Satan

The devil wants to destroy us!

In his first epistle, the Apostle Peter writes:

“Be of sober  spirit be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ” – 1 Peter 5:8.

Nobody is immune to the attacks of Satan! Not even the Apostle Paul.

In Romans 7, Paul provides us with insight into his own struggles with sin. He warns us of the danger that Satan presents to us all.

It is important for us to see that even the Apostle Paul was not immune to Satan’s attacks. In Chapter 7, Paul admits that although he understands the Law, he struggles to keep it, just like the rest of us.

“For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 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.” – Romans 7:19-20.

Paul is fighting against sin, and in verse 23 he refers to this struggle as “waging war” and making him a “prisoner of the law of sin.”

Paul asks the important question:

“Who will set me free from the body of this death?” – Romans 5:24.

This question is like another question that we find in the Book of Revelation.

Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” – Revelation 5:2.

The answer to both questions is Jesus!

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He alone can set us free from sin and provide us with a path to eternal salvation.

It all starts and finishes with our belief in Him. Just like Paul, our bodies are tempted by sin. The temptation is not a small temptation, quite the opposite. As Paul said, it will wage war against us!

The good news is that through Jesus, we are now liberated from our sin by the grace of God. No matter how fierce the war between good and evil may be in our earthly bodies, God’s grace is able to set us free.

Consider the following two scriptures:

“But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:20-21.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9.

We could exhaust ourselves trying unsuccessfully to keep the Law, but that is not what God wants us to do. Listen to what Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

When we allow Jesus to work in our lives, and commit to follow His teachings, He will protect us from the evil one. 

It is our faith in Him that saves us!

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following two scriptures that beautifully articulate the critical role that faith plays in our salvation:

  • “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6.
  • "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9.

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Joe R

This passage from Romans truly illustrates the importance of recognizing our dependence on Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. If I was able to simply follow the instructions of the Law, there would be no need for Jesus to redeem me from sin. However, that is simply not the case since the fall of Adam. I was born into the bondage of sin, but Jesus died on the cross for my transgressions. Although the Law provides parameters to be obedient to God, Jesus provides us with an example to follow so that we can truly live as conquerors. The Law makes me think about how when I am told what not to do, I find myself thinking more about that thing which I am not supposed to do. On the other hand, Jesus' teachings demonstrate what TO do and His life serves as the ultimate example. Namely, loving God with my whole heart, my whole mind, and my whole soul and loving my neighbor as myself. I think Romans 7 is an important reminder that living as conquerors means that we must battle with the temptations of the flesh on a daily basis in order to be victorious AND by calling on the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can live lives that give honor and glory to God our Father.

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John
Joe R

Beautifully articulated. Thank you for sharing!

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W L Scott

Satan will attack us while we live on earth but the more God the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit's words are make their home within us and our spirit grows larger than the desires of our flesh then his power to harm will reduce. As we study, pray and fast then we will find heavenly desire grow stronger which mean our flesh dies. Then we'll be able to discern between the works of the spirit and those of the flesh. By being born-again the process should start bring us complete and remember God is complete and that is our goal . I love you!

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Joe R
W L Scott

So true! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, W L Scott. This reminds me of the importance of not just studying the Scripture and praying, but prioritizing fasting to strengthen my relationship with God. I recognize this as an area to improve moving forward.

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Dan W

Yes, it is the devil that wants to destroy us... God doesn't want anyone to perish but all to be saved. Remembering this will help motivate us to not be discouraged but to take heart. The struggle between good and evil is real, but it is a struggle that God helps us to overcome, through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Joe R
Dan W

Amen!

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John

I feel the Spirit working in me since I took on this most recent study of Romans. In my own life, I was way out of balance. Too much focus on my own "works" and not enough focus on my faith in Jesus. As I work on correcting this balance, I notice that I am much more relaxed and at peace. Faith in Jesus is my focus of late and I'm better for it. I think that is what Jesus meant by His "Yoke is easy, His burden is light." That does not mean that works are not important - the Bible says that, "Faith without works is dead, being alone." But it is Jesus that saves me, not my works. So that is my primary focus.

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Michael
John

Boy those are great comments John - and just what I needed to hear tonight. This pandemic has my anxiety higher than i'd like. But focusing on Jesus comforts me. Thank you!

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