Romans 7:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 7:25, NIV: Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:25, ESV: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:25, KJV: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 7:25, NASB: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

Romans 7:25, NLT: Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Romans 7:25, CSB: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.

What does Romans 7:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Paul cried out in frustration over his inability to stop sinning even when he wanted to do good. He called himself a wretched man and asked who would deliver him from his body of death.

Now he answers that question: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Paul understands that only God can save him from sin and death and that God does so through faith in Jesus Christ.

This answer is true whether Paul is describing himself as he was before becoming a Christian or after. Only God can release the non-Christian from his slavery to sin by His grace and through his faith in Jesus. Specifically, by faith in Christ, God gives us credit for Jesus' sinless righteousness and takes Jesus' death as payment for our sin.

In the same way, only God can give the Christian the power to set aside our desire to sin and to do what is good and right. Galatians 5 calls this walking by the Spirit, in His power instead of ours. It is the only hope any of us have to serve God in this life.

Paul immediately turns back to the heart of his message, however: He declares that he serves God's law with his mind but his natural, sin-stained body is tempted by the law of sin.