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Carnal Man: 1) Situation

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 7:14-15

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. (ESV)

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No matter how hard one may try, the law cannot save or sanctify anyone. In this sermon on Romans 7:14–15 titled “Carnal Man: 1) Situation,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unpacks Paul’s words to the church at Rome, explaining that the law cannot justify or purify sinners. The law then becomes the means for condemnation, not because there is something wrong with the law, but because there is something wrong with humanity. Paul is lamenting that a carnal person is sold into slavery to sin. They yearn to do what the law says, but understand they cannot keep the law. However, because of Christ’s work on the cross, they are now a slave to righteousness. These verses are not speaking to the unregenerate, but instead the to inward struggle of the regenerate. Those who are without Christ would not understand this type of inward conflict nor would they condemn sin like Paul does here. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that Paul is not saying that he never does any good and is probably referring more to his thoughts than his deeds. Those who have this inward spiritual battle should continue the fight because Christ has conquered death and they are alive in Him.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 7:14-15, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Conflict of Serving Two Masters

14For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold into bondage to sin. 15For I do not understand what I am doing; for I am not practicing what I want to do, but I do the very thing I hate.

Romans 7:14-15, King James Version (KJV)

14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.