Romans 7:19-20 ( posted 8-19-14 )

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

 

For the good that I would I do not: “

 

Paul, when he wrote everything we have been studying in this chapter was not under the Law...he was under grace.

Even under grace, he was wrestling with these issues in his life.

Everything Paul said in this chapter we are studying is in the present tense.

Paul is not describing his former life under the Law.

He is describing his life presently under grace.

 

The point in this phrase;

For the good that I would I do not: “

is that his heart's desire is to do good in God's eyes.

This desire to do good comes from a repentant heart and coming to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

When Paul was under the Law his heart's desire was not entirely with intent to do good in God's eyes.

The life of the Pharisees, who were also under the Law when Jesus was here on earth confirms this lack of desire in the heart to do good in God's eyes.

Jesus called people under the Law, hypocrites.

This desire to do good in Paul's heart was a change in his heart when he put his faith in Jesus.

He had a change of heart.

However, still being human, he could not do what he wished to do for God.

This is why we still need Jesus even though we now belong to Him through faith.

 

Paul, presently under grace through faith in Jesus, having the desire to do good is different from a person under grace through faith in Jesus who loves living in sin. This kind of person does not desire to do good in God's eyes.

There was an evangelical who kept asking his church pastor to pray that he overcome his sin. The pastor finally told him - “ Your problem is you love your sin. “

When a born again christian chooses to live in the flesh his heart's desire is to sin, not to do good in God's eyes.

This is a fact of life, even life under grace.

 

 

but the evil which I would not, that I do. “

 

The Greek word “ kakon “ translated “ evil “ means the same as the translated word “ bad “ in 2 Corinthians 5:10;

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

And yes, Paul said about the born again christian's judgment when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ;

good or bad.

 

The difference in Paul and a born again christian living in sin is that the evil Paul did is not what he wanted to do.

 

 

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.


If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Paul said this in verse 17;

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. “ Romans 7:17

 

Obviously, if Paul commits sin without wanting to sin, God does not blame him for it since Paul is under grace.

This is one of many benefits of living under grace as opposed to living under the Law.

 

If we are struggling with a sin we need to ask ourselves - “ Do I love my sin or do I hate it? “

Our answer – that is, if we are honest with ourselves, will make the difference in the way God looks at us.

However, just like the man Jesus asked if he believed He could help his child told Jesus honestly he had trouble believing;

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. “   Mark 9:24

 

Just as Jesus went ahead and still helped his child, if we honestly admit to Jesus we love our sin but want to get to where we hate it He will help us to overcome it.

If we have a repentant heart God will help us to overcome.

 

The idea is to get like Paul where we do not lust, desire and love to commit sin.

The difference between Paul and a born again christian who is living in sin is that Paul was committed to God.

 

Always remember that the evil we as born again christians will be judged for at the judgment seat of Christ is not about whether we will stay in Heaven or not.

We, even as we stand there before Jesus, are still saved by grace through faith – that is, we made it to Heaven not by our works but by God's grace.

This judgment has to do with rewards and status or lack thereof...not about salvation.

And yes, Paul made it quite clear there will be born again christians who will not get rewards because their works were consumed in the fire but because of grace, will still be in Heaven.

The Great White Throne Judgment has to do with salvation. Unfortunately, this is the terrible judgment that most of the human race will end up at.

 

I will continue with verse 21 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown