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15. The Work of Holiness (Romans 7:7-25)

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Christians have been released from the Law’s condemnation, but we still maintain a relationship to the Law. It still serves as a mirror to identify the parts of us that need cleansed. For that reason, the Law is a very good thing. It upholds the standard of cleanliness that every believer strives for. Don’t fault the mirror if your face keeps turning up dirty.

At the same time, don’t think you’ll never have to take a washcloth to your Christian face.

There are two types of people in this world: Forgiven sinners and unforgiven sinners. And there are two types of forgiven sinners: Those who are fighting with sin and those who have surrendered to sin. Are you struggling with sin or is sin having victory over you? Today, Paul teaches us that holiness is work.

For next time, read Romans 8:1-11.

PP. 559-562 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition)

PP. 172-180 in the New American Commentary.

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