Romans 7:21 ( posted 9-2-14 )

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. “

 

 

Always remember, Paul is talking in the present tense.

This is during his life as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ...not when he was under the Law.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

I find then a law,... “

 

The Greek word “ nomon “ translated “ law “ is used for the Law of Moses, Christ or used as a principle. It is not always used to refer to the Old Testament Covenant Law of Moses.

 

Paul talks about numerous other laws in a variety of ways -

 

The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ, and the law of sin and death;

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. “  Romans 8:2

 

The law of Christ;

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. “   Galatians 6:2

 

The law of God...in the verse of our study;

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: “   Romans 7:22

 

The law that evil is present...also in the verse of our study;

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. “   Romans 7:21

 

The law of our body members, the law of the mind and the law of sin;

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. “  Romans 7:23

 

If we pay close attention to the content in which the Greek word “ nomon “ translated “ law “ is used we will understand what it is used in reference to...a principle or the Law.

 

 

 

...that, when I would do good,... “

 

Always remember that even though in the previous verses of our study Paul talks about his desire to do good and to please God and cannot always accomplish it, it does not mean that he could never do anything good...since obviously he admits to times he did good here in the verse of our study.

 

 

 

...evil is present with me. “

 

It seems that according to Paul good and evil are inseparable.

 

This statement of Paul goes along with what Jesus said;

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.“    John 17:15-17

 

Jesus knew that even with His followers being sanctified, the evil in the world would still be present with us as long as we are still in the world.

 

We will learn later in the remaining verses of this chapter we are studying how much Paul relied on Jesus because of the present evil, just as we should today.

 

 

I will continue with verse 22 in the next study.

 

 

Wayne Brown