The Nature of Sin
A Sermon on Romans 7:5-6
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (ESV)
What is the next greatest power after God himself? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that it is the power of sin. As he breaks down Paul’s message in Romans 7:5-6, the Doctor outlines several key terms and defines them in the context of the message. It is essential for the reader to understand the terms in order to understand the apostle’s argument, the apostle’s doctrine of the law, and to understand the doctrine of salvation and sanctification. For instance, the term “flesh” can be defined many ways but the Doctor believes that Paul uses this term to refer to the opposite of what it means to have life in the Spirit. Those who are in the flesh are unregenerate and cannot please God. When Paul refers to the “motions of sin,” he is talking about our passions, affections and lusting. All natural appetites were created and given by God, but the law aggravates these appetites and we allow them to control us, which leads to sin and death. However, Christ is working for us in the members of our body. We have died with Christ and have died to the power of sin!