Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 3 * PART 4 * BOOK 22
ROMANS 6 & 7
In our last lesson we finished at verse 14, where Paul now is reconstructing how he had to deal with the old Adam as he came under that conversion experience when he met Christ on the road to Damascus. Romans 7:14
When I say we’re not under Law, but rather under Grace it isn’t because the Law has lost it’s spiritual power, or condition, absolutely it’s spiritual, it is the very mind of God so far as mankind is concerned): but I am carnal, sold under (the old Adamic nature or under) sin.”
So every child of Adam then is sold under the curse, he’s under that old Adam. Maybe it will help if you understand that now Paul is writing as the believer who now has reckoned old Adam as he’s been teaching, crucified, dead, but he is still left as an influence even in our Christian life.
Now I know there are two ways of looking at this, and I still maintain what I’ve always taught, that old Adam is crucified, he’s declared dead in the mind of God. As Christ was buried, we were buried. God has declared it dead, but from experience we’d better realize he is still with us. Romans 7:15
Turn to Galatians, Chapter 5 and drop down to verse 16 and 17.
“This I say then, `walk in the Spirit (now you remember when we talked about our position in Christ? That when we became believers we were baptized into the Body of Christ and that’s now our position. We are in Christ. Old Adam! In other words, if we walk according to the position that God has given us, we’re not going to give in to the demands of old Adam. Now, it’s the same way with our position in Christ. It is a position and we are to live in accord with that position, just like we expect people in important places to live in accordance with that position. So walk in the Spirit, that position of being in Christ, and then you’ll not give in to the old desires of old Adam. Galatians 5:17
“For the flesh (old Adam) lusteth (or warreth) against the Spirit, and the Spirit (that is the indwelling Spirit, that is part of us now) against the flesh (old Adam).”
A little black dog is fighting against the little white dog. The little black dog says `Go inside, go back to your old lifestyle.'” Now if we’re going to feed old Adam with all the lustful desires of this world, who is going to be victorious? Old Adam. But if we keep Adam starved and keep feeding the Spirit side, that’s where victory comes in. Impossible! Just feeding on the Word of God, fellowship with fellow believers, prayer time and all these things that make up what we call the Christian life. So we have this warfare between the old Adam and the new. Romans 7:16
Now verse 17.
Old Adam. That old Adam is the source of all our problems. That old sin nature. Now that goes back to what I said a little bit ago, God reckons him as dead. Now verse 18:
Now Paul is saying that from the old Adamic nature’s point of view there is nothing good.
Now verse 19:
I’ve had people tell me or have told my little wife, that they no longer sin. It’s just like the apostle here, old Adam is never going to quit working on us. Old Adam is that part of us that gets greedy, that gets envious, covetous. Romans 7:20
I trust converting that word “sin” to “old Adam” is doing as much for you as it has for me. The problem is the production center of those thoughts and those sins, which is old Adam.
“I find then (not The Law but what) a law… Now verse 22.
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:”
That Christ now dwells within. And He is the One that can give us victory over our adversary first and foremost, old Adam. But old Adam is under the control of Satan.
“But I see another law (fact of life) in my members, warring against the law of my mind (it is a warfare between the new nature and the old), and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin (fact of life) which is in my members (that old Adam is in my members. “O wretched man that I am (Paul hasn’t mentioned the Holy Spirit’s power yet in these first seven chapters. Don’t say, “Well, where’s the Holy Spirit in Paul’s life.” who shall deliver me from the body of this death(from this influence of old Adam. Romans 7:25
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God (not necessarily the Ten, but all of God’s principles, that becomes now the Law of God); but with the flesh the law of sin.”
I think in the book of Galatians Paul refers to it as the Law of Christ. The Law of Christ is this complete liberty that we now have. Galatians 5:1
The Law. Legalism.