Romans 7:14 ( posted 6-13-14 )
“ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. “
“ For we know that the law is spiritual: “
The Greek word “ pneumatikos “ translated “ spiritual “ means non-carnal, divinely supernatural, religious, spiritual.
If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Paul called the Law holy just and good.
“ Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. “ Romans 7:12
Paul also called the Law our schoolmaster, leading us to Jesus.
“ Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. “ Galatians 3:24-26
“ but I am carnal, “
The Greek word “ sarkinos “ translated “ carnal “ means fleshly, and implies being like an animal and even unregenerate.
Notice Paul said;
“ I am carnal, “
“ I was carnal “.
This is the same Paul that said believers in Jesus are perfect;
“ Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded:... “ Philippians 3:15
but also said he was not perfect nor even had attained or arrived to perfection;
“ Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. “ Philippians 3:12
Since everything about our salvation hinges on our faith, if we keep our faith to our dying breath, we will be made perfect in Christ.
“ sold under sin. “
The Greek word “ pepramenos “ translated “ sold “ means having been sold, to traffic, to dispose of, to sell.
By legal process of the Law, sin sold us to itself and became rightful owner of us.
This is why God purchased us back to Himself through the shedding of His blood;
“ Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. “ Acts 20:28
“ Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. “ Ephesians 1:14
As I said in my earlier studies, Paul looks at sin as an entity.
Upon disobedience the Law gives sin the legal right to do what it wants with human beings.
Remember what Paul said earlier about the Law and sin;
“ But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. “ Romans 7:8
My friend, the Law is spiritual in that it makes us see our need for Jesus.
I will continue with verse 15 in the next study.
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