The Wretched Man Identity (2)
A Sermon on Romans 7:13-25
13Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? Far from it! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by bringing about my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly …
13Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am …
Who is the wretched man that Paul mentions in this passage? In this sermon on Romans 7:13–25 titled “The Wretched Man Identity,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones concludes his study of this question. He says the person Paul speaks of in this passage is a servant of sin and therefore cannot be regenerate. For all throughout the rest of Scripture, Christians are said to be free from the law and no longer slaves to sin. There is truly freedom in Christ. This cannot be an immature Christian either because all Christians, regardless of maturity, are still in Christ and sanctified in His blood. According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this passage can only be understood as speaking of the unregenerate person that is still in sin and a slave under the law. What does this mean for the Christian life? Dr. Lloyd-Jones says this means Christians are free from the dominion of sin and the law. They are no longer slaves, but children and inheritors. All Christians can live in the power of the Spirit and can know the freedom from sin.
The Book of Romans
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.