Romans 7:17 ( posted 7-31-14 )

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. “

 

Let's continue.

 

Now then it is no more I that do it, “

 

The Greek word “ katergazomai “ translated “ that do “ means to work fully, perform, cause, fashion, to finish, accomplish, work.

 

Paul is clearly telling us that the sin he commits is not him committing the sin.

It is interesting the way Paul worded this.

Since now that he is a born again christian by his faith in Jesus;

Now then it is no more I... “

and yes, he said in the present tense;

Now then “

it seems that Paul is telling us in the previous verses of our study that since he commits sin that he does not want to commit, this attitude in his heart of now not wanting to commit sin as the result of him now having a repentant heart and placing his faith in Jesus unto salvation, God makes allowance for Paul's sin, because of his repentant heart and faith in Jesus.

We will find that Paul confirms this attitude in his heart of committing sin he does not want to commit later in verse 20 of this chapter;

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. “ Romans 7:20

 

 

but sin that dwelleth in me. “

 

The Greek word “ enoikousa “ translated “ that dwelleth “ means to occupy a house, reside, inhabit, remain, inhere, to cohabit, dwell.

This interesting.

The same Paul that said;

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. “   1 Corinthians 3:16-17

 

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: “   Colossians 1:27

 

said in the verse of our study that sin also dwells in him even as a born again believer in Jesus;

but sin that dwelleth in me. “

 

John confirmed this about born again christian believers in Jesus by saying;

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10

 

The point in this verse is that Paul is telling us that if we as born again christian believers in Jesus commit sin that we wish not to commit, it means we are still living with a repentant heart and will ask God to forgive us and God will cleanse us with the blood of Jesus and forgive us.

John said if we are walking in Christ, meaning that we do not live wanting to fulfill the lusts of our flesh, Jesus' blood will cleanse us from our sin we commit that we do not desire to commit.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. “   1 John 1:7

 

I will continue with verse 18 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown