Monday Psalm 36
Tuesday Psalm 37
Wednesday Psalm 38
Thursday Romans 8
Friday Psalm 39
Saturday Psalm 40
This chapter discusses Law. Laws of marriage, and how this is like dying to the law through Christ. The argument then is whether or not law is sin. No, but it reveals sin, and makes us aware of sins, maybe even tempting us to sin, or see how close we can skirt the law (anyone ever gone over the speed limit while driving?). Sin produces death. Christ produces life. Our life is spent in this battle between our sin nature, and our born again spirit creating a new nature for us.
Paul, all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his saints, brothers, those who know the law, married woman, husband, Christ, the Spirit, the law, sin, God, my flesh
Verses 6 & 21-22 “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…So I find it to be a law that when I do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.”
Romans 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Romans 2:27-29 “Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, not is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.”
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Psalm 1:2 “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Psalm 112:1 “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!”
Psalm 119:35 “Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what I the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
In the last chapter, Paul said that Christians are not slaves to sin, but here he says he is a slave to sin. This is the difference between justification—which has been given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—and sanctification—the ongoing process of cleansing and renewal as 2 Corinthians 4:16 said above. We have been bought by Jesus, ransomed, and yet we still carry the chains that once bound us and sometimes get bound up in them again. We, like Paul can be dissatisfied with our returning to sin, we want to continue to be godlier every day. Our anguish and frustration with sin is what reminds us of our need to repent and return to God. This is a huge part of the relationship we have with Christ, as we have also seen in the Psalms.
When Paul realized that Jesus could rescue him from his wretched condition, he cried out, “Thanks be to God!” If this is your response too, spend time thanking him.
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