Can You Overcome Sin? Navigating Romans 7 to Find Freedom and Victory Over Sin [Ruminating Romans]
The book of Romans holds a chapter that has intrigued and confused believers for generations: Romans 7. In this blog post, we’ll walk through Romans 7 and its neighboring chapter, Romans 8, to uncover the message of struggle, redemption, and victory.
Agonizing Question in Romans 7
24What an agonizing situation I am in! So who has the power to rescue this miserable man from the unwelcome intruder of sin and death? Romans 7:24 TPT
After I was saved at the age of 16, my pastor taught on Romans 7, which was surprising since he didn’t often preach out of Romans because
he told us was too difficult for us to understand. His whole message from Romans 7 was about what a mess we were in until Jesus came in the rapture to take us home. We were all sinners that sinned every moment of every day in word, thought, and deed. This is who we are – sinners, and this is what we do – sin.
But the way I see it, the apostle Paul strategically placed Romans 7 to highlight the tension between sin and grace, the law and faith, humanity and a new humanity.
Unraveling the Mess: The Reality of Sin
Let’s dive into the mess every human faces:
Paul gets straight into the heart of the matter, humanity’s struggle against the onslaught of sin. The passage reveals the human condition, sin’s desire to set up a base of operation within you.
The War Within: Humanity’s Identity Crisis
Paul’s words continue:
From Despair to Hope: The Life of the New Creation
So let’s go back to the opening Scripture and let Paul answer his own question:
24What an agonizing situation I am in! So who has the power to rescue this miserable man from the unwelcome intruder of sin and death?
25I give all my thanks to God, for his mighty power has finally provided a way out through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! So if left to myself, the flesh is aligned with the law of sin, but now my renewed mind is fixed on and submitted to God’s righteous principles. Romans 7:24-25 TPT
1So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. Romans 8:1
Embracing Victory: The Closing Note
Romans 8 shows us that Jesus is the way out of sin. You are free from the power of sin described in Romans 7. Sin no longer has dominion over you because you now belong to Christ.
In our next post in the Ruminating Romans series, we’ll shine a light on what the life of the believer looks like through based on Romans chapter 8.