As we begin to love God's light more and more, we find ourself combatting the darkness around us more and more. And yet, even so, there are parts of us that love the darkness, revel in the darkness, and cast us into the darkness even in the moments we claim to prefer the light. What then?
Main Text: Romans 7:1-25
- We're in an 8 week series in Romans 5-8, dedicated to the implications Jesus' work ought to have in our lives, now that "the night is far gone and the day is at hand" as Romans 13:12 tells us.
- In the previous chapter, Paul has explained that we should fight with everything we can to stop sinning. In line with our series title: "The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:12).
- 7:1-6: Just like death ends marriage, so our death with Jesus ends any relationship we had with Old Testament law.
- 7:7-13: The law itself was good but only produced bad in us, because of our own nature.
- 7:14-25: Even with the best of intentions, we only have the power to dislike our sin, not the actual power to change our lives—thank God for Jesus!