Rather, his statement in Romans 7:14 must apply to a non-Christian, to one who is "sold into slavery under sin." Why the "I" of 7:14-25 isn't the pre-Christian paul Since the previous discussion has established that paul is not describing any Christian's life in Romans. Is it his own life before Christ called him to faith? . There is nothing in the text which would argue against such an understanding; in fact, it seems to be right in line with the "autobiographical" nature of 7:7-13. . However, this line of thought is challenged by another passage from paul, Philippians 3:2-6. In countering those who would place their confidence in their having been circumcised or, as paul puts it, in their flesh, paul boasts that he could argue even more convincingly for being confident in his own "flesh." he was circumcised on the eighth day, born. to this heritage paul added the law-abiding devotion that was his as a pharisee, the zeal which he demonstrated as a persecutor of the church and, quite explicitly, the righteousness of a man who had kept the law blamelessly. It is paul's claim in Philippians 3:6 to have been blameless regarding the righteousness of the law before he came to faith in Christ which argues so strongly against Romans 7:7-25 being a description of paul's pre-Christian life. . The Philippians passage reflects none of the introspection and despair so apparently evident in Romans 7; instead, we find a self-confidence which is remarkable, perhaps even startling. .
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Returning to our comparison of paul's words in Romans and 1 Corinthians, there is laws nevertheless an apparent difficulty with paul's use of sarkinov in these two letters. . If sarkinov in Romans 7:14 is equated with being sold into slavery under sin, a condition which for paul characterizes non-Christian, not Christian, life, how can he use sarkinoV to describe the corinthian believers in 1 Corinthians 3:1? . I believe that his use of wv, "as in 3:1 provides a clue. . In contrast to the way in which paul would wish to address the corinthians, "as to spiritual people he must address them as he would address "fleshly grandparents people as he would "infants in Christ." That he is equating his uses of sarkinoiv and nhpioiv. But it is misleading simply to say that paul equates these terms as if they mean the same thing. . I believe that it is more accurate to say that sarkinoiv and nhpioiv en Cristw mean the same thing in terms of what they aren't,. E., to be either is to be unspiritual, which is how paul, the spiritual man, must address the corinthians. . to be sarkinov, not a christian, is practically the same as being an infant in Christ, for neither is pneumatikov. . paul is not saying that immature Christians are "fleshly he is saying that they are not spiritual, that they are immature in matters of the faith, which may be just as true for an "infant" Christian as it is for a non-Christian. . Therefore, paul's parallel use of sarkinoiv and nhpioiv en Cristw here does not mean that his use of sarkinov in Romans 7:14 is a description of himself or of any Christian. .
It is this quality of being spiritual that paul describes as "having the mind of Christ a quality that he claims for himself and all who are with him. Paul contrasts the quality of being pneumatikov with that of being sarkinov, which he equates with being an "infant in Christ." In the light of his words in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, it is clear that paul considered himself quite firmly to be pneumatikov, "spiritual." Therefore. 1 Corinthians 14:37 and Galatians 6:1, where paul uses pneumatikov in such ways as to indicate that he considers himself to be spiritual and therefore mature.) even if one wished to press the possibility that paul, the spiritual Christian, might have been trying to "identify". Therefore, if paul is indeed describing his Christian life in Romans 7:14, he is flatly contradicting his words of a few paragraphs before and hopelessly essay muddling what chance any fleshly or spiritual Christians at Rome may have had of understanding what he is talking about. An additional argument against Romans 7:14-25 being the description of paul's Christian life is that the "I" of the passage is a person who is trying to do what the law says to do in order to do what is good and right (7:16, 22). . While paul the Christian views the law as good and holy, he knows well that the law itself is powerless to make someone righteous or even to enable someone to do what is right because of the influence of sin upon the human heart (7:7-12). . In other words, if paul is describing himself as a christian here, he is saying that he is trying to live the Christian life by relying on his efforts to carry out the law, which means not only that he has forgotten what he has.
Unfortunately, such a view of this passage is challenged both by the context of 7:14-25 and by other writings from paul, both of which we must examine first before we may say anything definite about what paul is saying here. Why the "I" of 7:14-25 isn't the Christian paul. In verse 14 paul defines "himself" as being sarkinov fleshly "belonging to the realm of the flesh" 28 ) as contrasted with the law, which is pneumatikov pertaining to the Spirit" 29 ). . In 1 Corinthians 3:1 he refers to the corinthians as being sarkinoi, which he equates with being nhpioiv en Cristw, "infants in Christ thereby implying in his letter to the corinthians that Christians who are what paul calls "infants" may be called "fleshly." (His third. This may appear to be a valid option until one considers paul's contrasting use of pneumatikov and sarkinov in 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:1. In his writing against those who promote "human wisdom paul insists that only those who are "spiritual" ( pneumatikoi ) may receive the gifts of the Spirit and understand the things of the Spirit. . he goes on to say that spiritual people can "discern" all while at the same time cannot be discerned by those who are unspiritual. .
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My contention is that the traditional view of this passage, that paul is describing his Christian experience, is simply incorrect and that such an understanding does violence not only to the immediate context of the passage but also to the spiritually sensitive person who truly. However, the proof of such a order contention requires more than an appeal to the "feel" of the rest of paul's letters or a psychologizing statement about the effects of a "wretched" mindset upon the experience of a sensitive person. . we require a close comparison and contrast of this passage with other relevant words from the apostle, and it is to this that we now turn. Part ii: what paul isn't and is saying in romans 7:14-25. It is always difficult to understand someone else's summary mail. .
It is even more difficult if that mail is written in a foreign language. . And it is most difficult if that mail is nearly two thousand years old. . However, those are the hurdles which must be cleared if we are to make sense of the writings of paul. I mention this point because it is all too easy within the Christian church, with the ready availability of English translations of the bible and a plethora of supplementary works, for us to make a surface level examination of a text and then to conclude. quite often, such an approach has resulted in an inaccurate view of a text attaching itself like glue to the text and spreading into the collective consciousness of the church, after which scholars must spend the following few centuries struggling to overcome the momentum. Such is what has happened to romans 7:14-25, and i am convinced that it all goes back to a misunderstanding of the one little word "I". . The struggle against sin, which all of us face, is the greatest burden which any person can carry, and what appears to be a description from the hand of the great apostle paul of his own struggle against sin has been and is for many.
Who will deliver him? . Jesus Christ alone will. . But since paul is describing his Christian experience, he must be speaking of his eventual death and release from his body. Verse 25b: "Consequently, then, i myself with the mind am serving the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin." Here is the quandary of Christian life: filled with the desire to serve god, the Christian finds himself or herself unable. While one may take some comfort in serving God "with the mind true release may not be found in this life, for the law of sin holds sway over human existence on earth. This, i believe, is a fair summary of the traditional emphases which have been read out of and placed onto this passage since the time of Augustine. .
The guiding principal behind this view is the conviction that paul is indeed describing his Christian experience and that his words are a model and an explanation of the general experience of all Christians. However, i believe that such a view not only paints a rather bleak, morose picture of Christian life but also does not match the paul we meet elsewhere in the new Testament. . For some reason, the paul who knew himself to be so "wretched" never seemed to be bothered by his awareness of his condition aside from these few verses. . Rather, the paul whom we meet in his letters is a man who, because of Christ, has a great deal of confidence in himself. . While paul is swift to condemn sinful conduct and opposition to his ministry, he never utters a word of condemnation against himself as a christian. . he considers himself to be a worthy model of imitation (1 Corinthians 11:1) and goes so far as to say that there is no condemnation at all for the Christian (Romans 8:1, 33-34). . Yet the person whom paul describes in Romans 7:14-25, with his agonized awareness of his own inability to do what is good, can be true to himself only by condemning himself as a "wretched man.".
Paul's meaning in Romans 7:14 -25
But if i am doing this thing which I do not wish, i am no longer doing it but sin which dwells." Here paul restates what he has already pointed out in verses 15 and. Verse 21: "I find then the law, in me who wishes to do good, that evil is at hand with." The inclination to do evil, reminiscent of the rabbinic "evil impulse is seen as a year force and presence that is not just first as strong. paul's use of nomon, "law to describe this inclination indicates that for the Christian, there will never be a point in one's earthly life at which one may be truly free from sin. Verses 22-23: "For I rejoice with the law of God according to the inner humanity, but I see another law in my members at war with the law of my mind and imprisoning me to the law of sin which is in my members." According. It is therefore proper to consider Christians to be "forgiven sinners.". Verses 24-25a: "I am a wretched man; who will deliver me from the body of this death? . But thanks be to god through Jesus Christ our Lord!" If what paul has said in the preceding verses is true of himself as a christian, then he is quite wretched, living a life that can only be called a living death. .
even though paul knows what he wants to do, he ends up doing what he hates and doesn't understand why. Verse 16: "But if i am doing this thing which I do not wish, i agree with the law that it is good." In performing the thing that he hates, paul acknowledges both that it is the evil that he does not wish. Verse 17: "But now no longer am I doing it, but sin which dwells." This statement may be considered to be one of the most dangerous sentences from the hand of paul; it could be taken to imply that paul is claiming not. However, his continued use of "I" in the following verses to indicate the subject of the behavior in question shows that he considers himself to be quite responsible for what he does. Verse 18: "For i know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh; for to will is at biography hand in me, but to work the good is not." The traditional means of interpreting this passage takes "in my flesh". The will to do the good is powerless to carry out the good in view of the absence of good within the person. Verses 19-20: "For i am not doing the good which I wish, but i am practicing this evil which I do not wish. .
back to the old view that the person whom paul is describing is himself as a christian 27, bringing us full circle back to the view that Luther and Calvin bequeathed to the Protestant world. The Present Setting and a summary of the Traditional view. In light of the recent (historically speaking) turn from the traditional view among many scholars, one may wonder why it is necessary to raise the issue of how we are to view this passage. . I believe that the most pressing reason for continuing to examine the issue is that while scholars are saying one thing about how this passage is to be read, what may be called popular piety, especially among Christians who seek to apply the message. Numerous pamphlets, talks, tapes and how-to-live-the-Christian-life manuals, in addition to serious commentaries such as Morris' above-mentioned work, explain to sincere believers that the reason why they still find themselves struggling with sin is because they are, as paul says, "fleshly, sold under sin they are. If, as many scholars have suggested during the last century, paul is indeed not discussing his Christian experience, then many sincere people are sincerely wrong about what to make of Romans 7:14-25 in their lives. As a conclusion to this first part and as a starting point for the second, and in light of this brief historical survey of the interpretation of Romans 7, i believe that we may sum up the traditional understanding of verses 14-25 in the following. Verse 14: "For we know that the law is spiritual, but i am fleshly, sold under sin." When paul says, "I am fleshly he is contrasting the "spiritual" nature of the law and his own nature as a christian, a "forgiven sinner." As such. Verse 15: "For that which i am doing I do not know; for i am not practicing this thing which I wish, but i am doing this thing which I hate." This statement reflects the helplessness of the human will against sin and our complete.
a christian, therefore, is a sinner in whom the holy Spirit dwells; the fundamental nature of plan the Christian is still as it was before faith. . One should note that Barth's personalized approach to interpreting the passage stands in tension against that taken by kümmel. The picture today, the last two decades have seen no end of publication of commentaries and interpretations of Romans 7:14-25. . In spite of Barth's monumental influence in the decades following the publication of his commentary, the view most dominant among scholars today follows Kümmel in saying that paul is not describing his Christian experience or his pre- christian experience, but rather that he is describing. This position is borne out in generally similar ways in works. Lloyd-Jones 19, ernst Käsemann 20, gerd Theissen 21 and paul Achtemeier 22, all of whom reject the traditional view that paul is describing himself. . This does not mean that these four particular commentators stand as a monolithic front of understanding concerning this passage. . Lloyd-Jones 23 and Käsemann 24 see this text as a description of the "pious" person who knows the spirituality of the law and wishes to do what is good but cannot, a description which can apply to the Christian who tries to live according.
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