Romans 7:22, for I joyfully concur that the law of God with the inner man. Is the law bad? No! Well we are not under law is what many Christians go around quoting. You are if you are not doing it. You are under the judgment of the law. I see a different law in the members of my body. Members of my body like your tongue, your eyes, you hands, your feet waging war. Okay you are in a war. Did you know you are in a war? If you don’t know you are in a war you are being defeated. If you don’t know you are in a war you are being beat up, killed, and destroyed. Waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. I am a prisoner. Now we see we are in bondage to sin and we are in a war to come out of the slavery. We are in a war and we have to come out of slavery because we are a slave to sin.
Verse 24, Now I don’t know why people don’t go all the way down to this passage here because they say well Paul was like this and he could not help it. Well look at this, wretched man that I am, who will set me free from the body of this death. In other words, he is saying that body of sin which was in Romans 6, that body of sin that had to be done away with, He is saying here in Roman’s 7; I have got to be set free from the body of sin. Who is going to do it? So Paul recognized that he needed to be set free from this. In other words you have to be set free; I have to be set free; this is the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Part of this is deliverance; part of this is death to the flesh; part of this is walking in obedience to the gospel. Do you see what I am saying.
This is the way you do this. Thanks be to God, who will set me free, through Jesus Christ our Lord through the sanctifying work of the Spirit to obey Jesus and be sprinkled with His blood. When you start walking in obedience to God by the Spirit then you are sprinkled with the blood then the stuffs got to go. If you have repented and you are covered by the blood and it has not gone then you need to get delivered from it. There is probably a spirit there. Because many people say I have repented, I have repented but I am still doing it. Then we cast the devil out and they won’t do it anymore. So if you have repented and repented and truly repented and you are still doing it then there is probably a demonic entry point in that area that you need to be free of. Just get the demons out and go on. So on one hand I myself with mind I am serving the law of God, but with my flesh the law of sin.
Go back to Romans 6:10, for the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus; therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey it’s lust. In other words, if you obey sin then it is your master and it’s controlling you and Jesus is not your master.
Nobody teaches this in the churches for the most part. Everybody teaching about how to get rich and how to feel good about myself, but they don’t teach how to get to heaven. Our job is to die to the sin by not obeying it. Listen brother sin talks to you. It talks to you doesn’t it? You know what I am saying. I know it does. I heard it. I heard it just the other day. Romans 6:13, Do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness but present yourself to God as those alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God for sin shall not be master over you for you are not under law, but under grace.
You are under grace when the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is causing you to obey Jesus then you are under grace and you are not under the law, but if you are not under grace you are under the law and you are in judgment because if you go sinning willfully then judgment comes. Verse 14, for sin shall not be master over you. In other words if you are walking in the sin then it is your master and Jesus isn’t in that area. Do you hear what I am saying? Paul is saying you are not supposed to go that way.
Turn to Genesis 4:6-8, remember when Cain wiped out a fourth of the earth. Cain wiped out one fourth of the earth when he killed his brother. Can you imagine that, you got one brother and you kill him? Well you think if I did not have that brother or sister I would be all right. No you would kill whoever you had. That’s what Cain did. To me that is really weird; he’s got one guy on the face of the earth to talk to and he kills him. I guess he did not want to talk to him.
Genesis 4:6, the Lord says to Cain, why are you angry, why has your countenance fallen. If you do well will not your countenance be lifted up. If you do not do well then sin is crouching at the door. I mean it is addressing sin like a lion crouching at the door. It is like a living breathing thing. So you can see that sin is alive. It is crouching at the door and it’s desire is for you but you must master it. In other words, God told Cain the same thing he is saying over there in Roman’s 6 and 7. God hasn’t changed; the gospel has changed; and you got to master it. You know what happened? Cain told Abel his brother and it came about when they where in the field, he rose up against Abel and killed him.
Sin became the master of Cain and he became like Satan who was a murderer in the beginning. Do you see it? What I am trying to get you to see is you have no choice in this matter guys. You have to make a decision. You are either going to walk in the way of righteousness or in the way of the Lord or you are not going to get there. I don’t care if you say you got your ticket punched. You don’t have it punched. It’s not punched. That’s a false doctrine. I have read enough scripture today to show you that. Okay now lets go on back to Romans 6:15, what then shall we sin because we are not under law and under grace, may it never be, do you not know that when you present yourself to someone as a slave for obedience you are slaves to the one you obey; either sin resulting in death or obedience resulting in righteousness.
In other words, If you obey sin it’s going to kill you eternally, you walk in obedience; it results in what righteousness. Well again many Christians go around quoting I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Well you are not if you are walking in sin. Don’t quote that scripture and say I got everything settled and my ticket punched. There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus. I am going to show you what that means in a minute. You see we as Christians will just throw out these Christian clichés and take it to hell with us because we don’t understand. So if you walk in obedience what does it result in? Righteousness!
Has anybody ever taught you that? Obedience results in righteousness. Well I thought I was righteous? Look I am just reading the Bible. Let’s just read the bible and say what it says and not get into all this doctrinal theology stuff that is not right. But thanks be to God that though you where slaves to sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching that you were committed and having been freed from sin you became slaves of righteousness. So that means if you are a slave to righteousness then that means that righteousness is your mater so you are obeying righteousness not sin. Obedience to sin equals death and hell. It’s the same in the Garden of Eden.
Obedience to Christ equals righteousness. Turn to 1 John 3:7-8, Little children make sure no one deceives you. Okay you know what that means little children, he is talking to us? It means you can be deceived on the one thing John is about to point out, on the one thing I am about to read. How many people are deceived on this? The one who practices righteousness is righteous just as He is righteous. Do you see the deception? Well there are many out there who believe they are righteous and they are in sin and rebellion to God. The one who practices righteousness is righteous. You know John wrote the book of 1 John, and John walked with Jesus and John most certainly new what the gospel was. Do you think John the apostle knew what the gospel was? He knew what Jesus taught.
The one who practices sin is of the devil because the devil sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose to destroy the works of the devil. In other words, sanctification by the Spirit is going to destroy the works of the devil. That is what He appeared to do by the Spirit that’s why He gave us His Spirit. You deal with sin by doing and practicing righteousness. You do that then sin dies. When you practice righteousness then the sin dies. That is how you do it. You overcome evil by doing good. You are not a slave to righteousness if you are walking in sin.
Now back to Romans 6:19, now I am speaking to you in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for just as you presented your members to impurity; Impurity means you don’t have a pure heart; and to lawlessness and further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness resulting in sanctification. In other words when you walk in righteousness the next step is sanctification. You don’t get to sanctification without walking in righteousness; you don’t get righteousness without walking in obedience by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to obey Jesus Christ. That is a process here. You come to Jesus the old man and the old nature dies.
You start obeying the Lord and waking in righteousness, then this is what happens. When you walk in righteousness and obey God there is a sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and you know what he does? He changes your heart. Which you can’t do. That’s grace. That is sanctification. That is how this works. When you obey God; He sees your heart and He says I will change your heart which you can not do, but you can obey when you are led by the Spirit.
Sometimes people are trying to get delivered from anger and unforgiveness they got to go and repent to somebody they have to ask forgiveness and then God will deliver you, but you will have to do something in obedience to God before grace can come in sanctify your heart in a particular area. Then when you obey from the heart; God purifies your heart and we become sanctified in holy vessels of the Lord. He does in your heart what you can’t do when you walk in obedience to God. This is called sanctification or a pure heart. This is the grace of God to do what you can’t do when you, and make you something you can’t be.
Verse 20 in Romans 6: for when you where slaves of sin you where free in regards to righteousness therefore what benefit were you deriving from things which you are now ashamed., for the outcome of those things is now death, but now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God you derive your benefit resulting in sanctification and the outcome eternal life. I rest my case, if I was in a court of law I could prove my case right here. I rest my case. Obedience, righteousness, sanctification, and the outcome of sanctification eternal life. Did we read that about fourteen times in all these other scriptures.
Now then you need to change some of your theological teaching and training because it has been wrong. Not very many people we stand up and tell you that. I have to tell you this because I know the truth; no matter what anyone else says, I have to speak this truth. This is the truth and this is the gospel. This is the gospel that is missing from most peoples lives today, and this is why most people are in bondage, and this is why most people are not going to heaven.
They think they are going to heaven and they are going to say Lord, Lord and He is going to say I don’t know who you are. You can’t have eternal life without the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit which we saw in 2 Thessalonians 2:13. This is the truth that will make you free. Now turn to 1 Peter 4:1-2, therefore since Christ has suffered in the flesh arm yourselves, put on the whole armor of God and go to war, with the same purpose because He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
You put to death the flesh and you suffer. It hurts not to do some of these things your flesh wants to do. You arm yourself to suffer in the flesh because when you do, that’s how you die to sin. That’s the way you die to it. There is no other way, and then when you repent and start walking right; then you can be delivered. So as to live the rest of the time in the flesh, no longer for the lust of men, but for the will of God. Freed from sin you are a slave to God, that’s sanctification or eternal life. Romans 6:23 says for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is a free gift, but you have to walk in obedience and righteousness, and the outcome is a pure heart which is the sanctifying work of grace in your heart by the Holy Spirit, and the outcome of that is the gift of eternal life. It is not like God says poof, you got it. That is where this thing has been all messed up.
Roman’s 8:1, There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Now how many of you have ever quoted that scripture and have known something was wrong? Has anybody ever quoted that to you? Have you ever felt condemned when you quoted it? There’s no condemnation because I am in Christ, but I am condemned all the time. I feel condemned! That is because you are condemned. You get condemned because you are guilty. There is no condemnation to those who are what? In Christ.
Now what does that mean? Does that mean I have said the sinners prayer? You see people think they are in Christ because they have said the prayer. That is not in Christ. That is not what it means to be in Christ. I will give you the biblical definition. There is no condemnation if you walk after the Spirit, but if you walk after the flesh you have condemnation all over you. Let’s turn to 1 John 2:3-5 to see what it means to be in Christ. This is why there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. By this we know we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments. So how do you know you know God? If you don’t keep His commandments then you don’t know God. The one who says I have come to know Him and does not keep His commandments is a liar.
You don’t know Him unless you start walking in obedience. Whoever keeps his word in him the love of God has been perfected. You want to get the love of God then start obeying God. You can’t pray the love of God into your life; you have got to walk in obedience to God to get the love of God. People want to get a prayer to fix everything and it won’t fix everything. You can’t get it by a prayer. It does not say pray for the love of God. It says obey.
When you pray for the love of God do you know what you are saying? You are praying for God to bring a lot of junk on you so you can walk in obedience. Because that is how you get the love of God. Do you see what God is saying? Whoever keeps His word in him the love of God has truly been perfected, the word perfect means perfect love, by this we know we are in Him. How do you know you are in Him? By keeping His word and the love of God has been perfected in you. That is how you get in Christ and then there is no condemnation. If you walk in love and obedience there is no condemnation because you are not doing anything you are not supposed to do. So how can you be condemned? If you are condemned the devil is doing a number on you. If you are walking in obedience and the love of God is working in you, then there is no condemnation on you. I am going to stop right there. I hope you get something out of this.