Carnal Man: 1) Situation
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)
No matter how hard one may try, the law cannot save or sanctify anyone! In Romans 7:14-15, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unpacks Paul's words to the church at Rome explaining what the law cannot do which is to justify or purify us. The law then becomes the means for our condemnation, not because there is something wrong with the law, but because there is something wrong with us! Paul is lamenting that a carnal man is sold into slavery to sin. He yearns to do what the law says, but understands he cannot keep the law. However, because of Christ’s work on the cross, he is now a slave to righteousness. These verses are not speaking to the unregenerate man, but instead the inward struggle of the regenerate man. Those who are without Christ would not understand this type of inward conflict, nor would they condemn sin like Paul does here. The Doctor explains some implications that we can draw from these verses; Paul is not saying that he never does any good, we have no right to insinuate what Paul means by occasionally doing good, and that Paul 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 we are alive in Him.