Romans 7 clearly lays out the fact that the believer has died to the law and the demands of the law. Then we see an agonizing firsthand narrative that despite our sincere desire to please God, we see so much failure (Rom 7:14-23). In these verses the personal pronouns, “I”, “me”, “my” are mentioned some 37 times.
The fact is, in Romans 7:14-23, it’s all about self… doing. This is clearly seen to be someone in the flesh… walking by the flesh. Of course, this sets up Romans 8 well, with its emphasis on walking by the Spirit vs. walking by the flesh.
The flesh walker asks “How can I please God? How can I walk obediently? How can I overcome sin? How can I be a faithful witness?” etc., ad nauseum. Do you see the pattern here? Just like Romans 7:14-23, it’s all about me and my doing. (more…)