Romans Lesson 12 Day 4
My answers to BSF study questions
8. The law comes from the spiritual realm.
Paul says, “I am of the fallen human realm.” (Romans 7:14 Voice)
God gives Israel the law as part of His covenant promises. The law does a great deal for His people; mainly it sets them apart from all other nations of the world and gives them a blueprint for God’s will. But, according to Paul, the law cannot fix everything that is wrong with this broken world. Although the law is perfectly suited for bringing sin to the surface and exposing it, the law cannot free people from the power of sin and its evil twin, death. (Voice Commentary)
Carnal uses the ancient Greek word sarkikos, which means, “characterized by the flesh.” In this context it speaks of the person who can and should do differently but does not. Paul sees this carnality in himself, and knows that the law, though it is spiritual, has no answer for his carnal nature. Guzik
9. The struggle with sin
Paul tries to describe the helplessness we all feel when we try to be obedient in our own strength. He wants to do the right thing, but his flesh seems to have a mind of its own.
The law tells us what to do but it does not give us the power to obey.
It’s like those old cartoons that depicted a person with a tiny devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. We have free will. It’s our choice. But often, willpower doesn’t get us very far.
Paul knew quite clearly what was wrong; but he was unable to put it right. He was like a doctor who could accurately diagnose a disease but was powerless to prescribe a cure. Jesus is the one person who not only knows what is wrong, but who can also put the wrong to rights. It is not criticism he offers but help. (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible)
10. My flesh persists—
Feeling sorry for itself.
I want to trust God completely.
“Love the Lord my God with every passion of my heart, with all the energy of my being, and with every thought that is within me.” (Matthew 22:37 TPT)
“Love my friend in the same way I love myself.” (Matthew 22:38 TPT)
Encourage my family and others often.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 12 Day 4 ~ Romans 7:14-20