Jesus, The End Of Your Struggles – An Exposition Of Romans 7

(Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon three weeks ago. In this sermon, Pastor expounded Romans 7, and showed how there is a struggle that we experience as believers, against sin in the flesh, and that the key to victory is not a formula, but a Person, Jesus Christ, depending on Him wholly and on none of self.

Be blessed!)

12 February 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Romans 7:1-25

1Or 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? 2For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4Therefore, 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. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 6:14

14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Leviticus 13:12

12“And if leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the one who has the sore, from his head to his foot, wherever the priest looks,

Luke 22:31-34

31And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” 33But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” 34Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

John 13:5-11

5After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” 7Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” 8Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

Romans 8:1

1There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

1 John 4:17

17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

Matthew 16:21-23

21From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Mark 8:32-33

32He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Matthew 17:1-8

1Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

Luke 22:59-65

59Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62So Peter went out and wept bitterly. 63Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. 64And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” 65And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.

Mark 16:5-7

5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7But go, tell His disciples–and Peter–that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

Luke 24:34

34saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”

John 21:9-11

9Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

Key take-home points:

  • When Naomi heard from Ruth that she ran into Boaz, Naomi said that Boaz was one of “our close relatives”. Jesus is not satisfied with being be one of your “relatives”. He wants to be the one and only “relative” of yours. That is why, just like Boaz, who offered the closer relative to redeem Ruth first, Jesus allowed the law to come first, to see if it can be our source of justification. Only when we see that the law has no power to redeem, the law cannot justify us, then He steps in and be our Redeemer. (1,500 years after the giving of the law. That’s 1,500 of trying to keep the law, and none succeeded. Strangely, some people still don’t know today that the law cannot justify them!) This beautiful truth applies in our walk as well. As long as you see Jesus as one of the sources of help, He will allow you to be frustrated running after all kinds of sources, until He is the only help left standing, then He will show Himself to be a mighty Helper and Redeemer.
  • Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer. An eligible kinsman-redeemer (a relative who is able to and willing) buys back all the land and belongings that were sold away, be it due to poverty or other reasons. Today, Jesus is your redeemer. He is the One who buys back what you have lost. If you have lost something, even through your own fault, Jesus can redeem it for you. Let me say that again: even if the loss is due to your own fault, lost time due to procrastination, lost money because of reckless spending, lost child because of bad relationship with your child, broken heart from a bad relationship, He can redeem for you what you have lost. In executing his duty as your kinsman-redeemer, Jesus has brought back all that you have lost and restored to you. That’s what it means to have Him as your Redeemer!
  • Good things, wonderful things happen when you are at Jesus’ feet. To fall at Jesus’ feet is to worship Him, to make Him big in your life and yourself small. A lot of times, we are just too prim and proper, too educated to be at Jesus’ feet. We don’t fall at other people’s feet, understandably, but this is Jesus! The place of being at His feet, the place of humility, is the place of receiving. When we humble ourselves and worship Him, we receive from Him.
  • God is not satisfied with just forgiving you through the cross, and letting you know that you are forgiven. He wants to heal your memory of wrongdoing. Some people refuse to talk about certain past chapters of their lives, because there are guilts within that still affect them greatly. Certain signs can trigger that memory, and they’d be feeling guilty and painful all over again. Jesus wants to heal your memory of wrongdoing, so that the memory doesn’t trigger guilt, pain or despair anymore, but His love instead. He wants you to know that hey, He knows what you did, and He still loves you, forgives you, and makes you righteous, so that in spite of all that you did, you can still confidently expect good from Him.