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Introduction to Verses 14-25

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 7:14

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. (ESV)

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In this sermon on Romans 7:14 titled “Introduction to Verses 14–25,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on this much-debated passage in Romans. He seeks to answer the question: who is the person that Paul speaks of? Some say they are an unregenerate person and others say that they are a truly saved Christian. Others say that the person is a saved but spiritually immature Christian. What is one to believe? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urges all to come to the text with an open mind and not simply translating it through the lens of one’s own tradition. He says that central to understanding this passage is to understand that the apostle Paul is still talking about the law and how it functions in the Christian life. It must be understood that Christ came to fulfill the law. Furthermore, we must understand what it means to be carnal and in the flesh. This is the state of sin and enmity with God where all unbelievers are. By weighing all these things together, one can begin to make sense of what this passage means and how it impacts one’s life. This sermon serves as a faithful exposition to this difficult and much debated passage.

Additional Scripture Translations

Romans 7:14, 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.

Romans 7:14, King James Version (KJV)

14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

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.