Does Romans 7 say we are still sinners?

Hebrews tells us Christ ‘did away with sin’ on the cross.

Paul tells us our righteousness is a free gift.

Jesus says we have been set free from the prison of sin.

If Jesus has set us free, why do we want to lock ourselves up again?

In Romans 7 Paul points out that he can’t stop himself from ‘doing what he does not want to do’ – but he finishes that passage with

Who will save me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Paul is saying only Jesus can save us – we cannot save ourselves.

But Paul isn’t finished there.

In Romans 8 he explains

You, however, are not led by the sinful nature if the Spirit of God lives in you.

Paul also tells us

The law of The Spirit of Life has set us free from the law of sin and death.

We are not under the law of sin anymore.

Whatever we do, we are holy, we are pure, we are righteous – as we are not under law but under grace.

God knew we could never obey His law so he made us righteous, perfect and holy as a free gift.

This is why Isaiah was overwhelmed with joy. He understood what God had given him:

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God for He has draped me in a robe of righteousness.

Who made him rightoeus?

God did.

Just as God has made us righteous, through Christ.

Now, if Christ has done it for us, can anyone take that away?

Can our sinful actions subtract from that?

Christ’s blood would not be very powerful if we were able to negate it everytime we messed up.

But we can’t negate it.

The truth is, if we do mess up and break God’s moral law (which we do every day) we are instantly washed clean.

We are protected. We are draped in a robe of God’s righteousness!

The amazing truth is – no ‘sin’ can taint us.

That can’t be the gospel, I hear you say. That’s too good to be true.

Yes it is too good to be true!

The gospel isn’t just good news, it’s the ‘too good to be true’ news.

Yet it is true!

If we do sin, John says, Jesus is our advocate. Our defence lawyer.

He has already paid the price for all of our sin, therefore we can never be held accountable.

We are free – forever washed clean in His blood.

In his book Destined to Reign Joseph Prince likens our position in Christ to being stones in a waterfall – nomatter how dirty we get we are perpetually being washed clean.

Spurgeon says it is as if we are ‘bathing in Christ’s blood.’

Paul says

Christ is…our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1 Cor 1:30

And John says

As He is, so are we in this world.

– 1 John 4:17

If Jesus is a sinner, so are we.

But if Jesus is pure, holy and righteous, so are we!

Just as no sin tainted Him, so no sin can taint us.

If it could, our sin would be more powerful than His blood.

Is sin more powerful than His blood?

No!

We are not sinners.

We are, as Peter says

A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.

I know it’s amazing, but this is the gospel!

We are holy, perfect and righteous.

We are free!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!

– Galatians 5:1

Will someone give me an ‘Amen’ !?

Steve Edwards

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Does Romans 7 say we are still sinners?

  1. Amen absolutely brother. This is the gospel and this is what so many Christians refuse to accept. So then, are they weeds waiting to turn into wheat? Weeds who will always remain so? The law has its purpose in ministering to the weeds, but grace is their ultimate reward, not more works, dead works, self-righteousness.

    Have you ever noticed that when you minister from this grace point of view, or as I liken to Gods point of view, that many “Christians” become angry and accusatory?

    Who can we think of that would react to the gospel in such a way? Satan. It is he who bewitches, who beguiles. The last thing he wants the church to grasp is the greatness of God and the freedom he has already imparted to the world, should it only believe.

    The devil wants us to continue working and earning by the sweat of our brow as God decreed for Adam and his seed.

    But Jesus, the second Adam, wants us to rest for he has already planned what works He will do through us, in fact, before the creation of the world.

    Yes brother, there is only one path for us and that is the path Jesus paved for us through his wonderful and terrible sacrifice.

    I thank God for your faith and wisdom.

    Hidden in Christ,

    Mike

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s