There have been centuries of Christian debate over the subject of Romans 7:7-25. Was Paul describing his experience with sin as a non-Christian, or was he describing his experience with sin as a Christian? This becomes an important question because Christian leaders use various interpretations to support other teachings. Calvinists oppose the first view, partly because they think that the unregenerate cannot think or feel the way Paul describes. Wesleyan and “Victorious Life” teachers say that it’s Paul describing himself as a Christian fighting the power of sin in his own strength, because that fits their template of an additional “higher life” step that chapter 8 allegedly goes on to describe.
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.