Bible study reading
Please prayerfully read through the following portions of ministry related to this lesson.
Romans 7 reveals the bondage in the flesh under the law by the indwelling sin unto death and wretchedness. In the flesh you are sinful because in the flesh you have been sold under sin (v. 14). In the flesh sin is your master, sin is your director, sin is your boss. Because you are in the flesh, there is no way to get out of sin. This sin masters you, governs you, enslaves you, and eventually kills you (vv. 11, 17, 20). Your weakness is fully exposed in the flesh. You become a wretched man, and this issues in death (v. 24). (Elders’ Training Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 3)
Sin, using the law, firstly deceives us and then kills us. Since the acts of deceiving and killing are certainly the behaviour of a person, we must consider sin as the personification of Satan. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 13, section 1)
Satan outside of you is not sin. When Satan gets into you, that is sin. Satan in you is sin. We have to realize where Satan is in our being. He is in our flesh. (The Flesh and the Spirit, ch. 1, section 3)
We need to realize that the flesh is a hopeless case and that it is here for our good. It is here helping us and forcing us all the time, moment by moment, to turn to the spirit, to trust in the Lord, and to no longer have any confidence in our flesh (Phil. 3:3). (The Flesh and the Spirit, ch. 1, section 6)