August 16, Reading 3 – Romans 7:7-25

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SAA Notes

Paul now deals with the issue of the purpose and place of the Law, and of the Ten Commandments in particular. At the heart of the issue is the Bible’s teaching of original sin. Paul’s finds a spiritual war going on within his heart and mind. The problem is not with the Commandments, but with his very nature. He looks to his own death and resurrection as the final resolution of this war within him.

SJA Notes

Paul confronts the deep truth within each of us,

He faces up to the reality that God’s people are not and can never be on this earth sinless perfectionists.

That should lead us to repentance, to a very clear understanding of who we are,

“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death!”

We are broken and without hope in our own flesh.

So who?

“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

The answer is, as always, Jesus! He delivers us.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus, who delivers us from our sin.

Thank You that even though we continue to do the evil that we do not want to do, Your grace and Your mercy continue all the more to abound in us.

Please wash us clean this day.

Amen.

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