Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
08/18/2013, by John Kincaid
I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Rom.7:21
Lesson 9: 4 Truths About Sin (Part 2)
2) We find this law inside us – In Rom.7:21, Paul is not speaking of sin as a theory. He knows from experience that it is real. He found it – inside himself!
Paul acknowledged the reality of indwelling sin. It seems today that few people do, even among professing Christians. If believers were truly concerned about their sin (the way Paul was), we would hear more prayers about it, and see more struggle against it.
Unbelievers are happily unaware of their indwelling sin. It’s like they’re under anesthesia and can’t feel it. Christians are the only people who can discover the law of sin at work in their bodies.
Imagine a river with a strong current; unbelievers are floating on rafts with no paddles. Unbelievers are completely surrendered; they go wherever the current takes them. But believers are swimming upstream.
3) We find this law at work in us, even when we are at our best – The law of sin is powerful, but it is no longer the dictator on the throne in a believer’s heart. Even when Paul wanted to do good, he still found indwelling sin at work in himself. Believers want to please God, to give Him glory and honor, to serve Him. Often, our desire to obey God is strong, and it overcomes our desire to sin.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.