Romans 7:15 ( posted 7-8-14 )
“ For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. “
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We need to pay attention to everything Paul said.
“ For that which I do I allow not: “
The Greek word “ katergazomai “ translated “ I do “ means to work, accomplish, perform, cause.
The Greek word “ ginosko “ translated “ I allow “ means to know, understand, allow, perceive, be aware of, be sure, feel, be resolved.
Notice that Paul added the negative adverb Greek word “ ou “ translated “ not “ to his statement meaning- no, not.
According to the Holy Bible, there are 2 kinds of ignorance.
As Peter called it, willful ignorance.
Then there is ignorance due to lack of education and knowledge.
Paul was not willfully ignorant when he committed sin.
Since the Greek word “ ginoski “ is generally understood to mean to know, it is also used in a variety of implications since it can also mean to feel – that is, be consciously aware of.
Since Paul never seared his conscience, as he prophesied some of us will before Jesus returns;
“ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; “ 1 Timothy 4:1-2
he is stating a fact about his personal behavior as not being acted out in willful ignorance nor uneducated ignorance but rather acted out without his approval or as King James translates it, “ allow “.
In other words, Paul is saying what he does he does not willfully allow or approve of.
Keep in mind as we study each phrase in this chapter that contrary to liberal churches today Paul was not willfully living in sin nor was he condoning living in sin whether it is the result of willful ignorance or uneducated ignorance.
There was a time God turned His eyes from our ignorance but today no longer does.
Paul clearly said;
“ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. “ Acts 17:31-32
Contrary to evangelicalism today, Paul acknowledged his sin and repented.
Repentance and to have a repentant heart is not “ legalism “ as is generally taught today and though might not be verbally expressed is willfully practiced in everyday life.
If we think we have done nothing wrong or presently doing nothing wrong, then we will never repent simply because we have fooled ourselves into thinking we have done nothing wrong enough to repent of.
This philosophy is a popular myth today and unfortunately people live accordingly.
However, Paul prophesied this to happen before Jesus returns.
So, we should not be surprised.
It can be looked at as a sign Jesus is returning much sooner than we expect.
“ for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. “
Paul confirmed his statement here in Galatians;
“ This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. “ Galatians 5:16-18
It is interesting that Paul used 2 different Greek words that are both translated into English as “ do “.
Check this out!
The Greek word “ prasso “ translated “ do “ in the phrase “ for what I would, that do I not;” means to practice, perform repeatedly, habitually.
In other words, what Paul wants to do to please the Lord he wishes he could do willfully and practice it as a lifestyle.
The Greek word “ poio “ also translated “ do “ in the phrase “ but what I hate, that do I. “
means to do, commit. However, not as “ prasso “ in the sense of repeatedly willfully living in sin.
In other words, in Paul's sinful behavior he does not allow or approve of, he does not do it as a willful habitual lifestyle.
My friend, Paul is telling us that he is still human like us, subject to committing sin and even wrestles with the lust of his flesh even though he is a believer in Jesus Christ.
We will learn as we go through this chapter our need for Jesus and the righteous life He lived here on earth to make up for our failures.
The point in what Paul is saying is that he does sin but does not approve of it, condone it, nor does he justify living in sin...as we do in today's modern evangelical society.
If we still have a working conscience, we will like David in the Old Testament, live with a repentant heart.
We can have all the faith in the world in Jesus but if we live our lives without a repentant heart, according to James, our faith is dead.
This is why James clearly said;
“ For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “ James 2:26
But even though we repent, we still need Jesus to save us from our sins.
We can never earn our entrance to Heaven as many people think.
I tell people should God ask you why He should let you into Heaven, tell Him it is because of His Son Jesus standing there next to Him.
I will continue with verse 16 in the next study.
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