Romans 7:15-25, Helpless in Sin
“Kindly explain Rom. 7:15-25. We do not understand its meaning. – W.M.”
The meaning of the name Jesus is Saviour. . . Simply to believe that nearly 1,900 year ago the Son of God became manifest in sinful flesh and lived a perfect life, can and will do no one no good, without further believing that the same Jesus by a new birth through faith can become manifest in our own sinful flesh and work out a sinless life
And here, as an introductory inquiry, we raise the question, Who, or what, is it that persecutes the true church? It is the false or apostate church. What is it that is ever warring against true religion? It is false and counterfeit religion. Who ever heard of the civil power, merely, of any nation, persecuting the people of God? Governments may war against other governments, to avenge some wrong real or imaginary, or to acquire territory and extend their power; but governments do not persecute (mark the word)–do not persecute, people on account of their religion, unless under the control of some opposite and hostile system of religion.
Why should not the Seventh-day Adventist and Seventh-day Baptist harmonize? Why not co-operate? Why not unite in the work and become one without compromising any principle of truth, and without damage to any interest worth preserving? Both are in defense of the law of God. The Bible and the Bible alone is to be the rule of our faith, the sole bond of our union, and they who evade the truth of the Bible will not desire more intimate relationship. But if these two bodies would unite in the Sabbath-school interest, in the effort to open the word of God to the people, a work would be done that would not please the artful foe at all.