SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 7:15-23
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. “For I do not understand my actions”. I think that we can all relate to Paul’s frustration. Read through verses 15-21 and note the type of relationships that exist between good, evil, sin and the law.
2. What is the ultimate reason why Paul cannot carry out his good actions? (Vv17, 20)
3. Which law does Paul’s inner being delight in? (V22)
4. Paul seems to allude to other “laws” other than the Law of Moses that he has been speaking about in verse 22. Identify the two laws that he mentions.
5. Where does the “law of sin” reside? (V23)
6. How do you think these laws are different from the law of God?