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Read Romans 7:13-25                   its nature, is spiritual, for it originated
          We have examined Paul's great ques-  from God. But we, as well as the rest of hu-
                                              manity, by nature are carnal, that is, influ-
        tions in verses 1 and 7 and now we come   enced by our fallen nature and slaves to sin.
        to the third: “Was then that which is good
        made death unto me?” (Rom 7:13).  This   Now at this point I would draw to our
        question arises because of the conclusions   attention that, while in verses 7-12 Paul
        Paul reached in verse 12. The word that is   wrote in the past tense, indicating that
        translated “good” in both verses means   what he was saying related to his past
        “beneficial.” How can something that   experience before he was saved, in verses
        results in my death be considered benefi-  13-25 he writes in the present tense. If in
        cial? Paul replies, “Sin, so that it would   these verses he is writing about what was
        be shown to be sin, produced death in me   his present experience, the question arises:
        through what is good, so that through the   Could a man who is living a defeated life
        commandment sin would become utterly   give us the epistle to the Romans? The
        sinful” (v13 NET). What Paul is doing here   answer is that Paul is not writing of his
        is putting sin under the microscope. When   own present experience. In this section he
        the commandment, “Thou shalt not cov-  is using the word “I” in a representative
        et,” came to Paul’s attention, sin reacted   sense. In other words, if you are living a
        by condemning him to death because he   defeated life, even though you are saved,
        had broken that commandment. Thus,    these verses apply to your situation. In this
        the fault was not with the commandment   section Paul is writing about the believer’s
        but with sin which was in his nature. Paul   struggle and failure when relying upon
        continues, “For we know [observe] that   his own efforts to please God.
        the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold   Paul goes on to state, “For that which I
        [as a slave] under sin” (v14). The Law, by  do I allow not: for what I would, that do
                                              I not; but what I hate, that do I” (v15). I
        1  Bible quotations in this article are from the KJV   believe that the sense of the verse is, “I
        unless otherwise noted.               do not approve of what I am doing: for

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