Romans 7 and Sanctification -- By: Andy Woods

Journal: Chafer Theological Seminary Journal
Volume: CTSJ 14:2 (Fall 2009)
Article: Romans 7 and Sanctification
Author: Andy Woods


Romans 7 and Sanctification

Andy Woods

Andy Woods earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Redlands (California), a Juris Doctor degree at Whittier Law School (California), and Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Woods serves as Senior Pastor of the Sugar Land Bible Church and Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. He has contributed articles to Chafer Theological Seminary Journal, Journal of Dispensational Theology, Bibliotheca Sacra, Pre-Trib Perspectives, End Times Controversy: The Second Coming Under Attack , The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, and The Popular Handbook on the Rapture. In addition, Dr. Woods has spoken at the Conservative Theological Society, Pre-Trib Research Center annual conferences, as well as at the annual CTS conference. He has written numerous book reviews and journal articles. You may contact Andy at awoodsx2@entouch.net.

Introduction

This article will argue that one’s understanding of practical sanctification is profoundly impacted by how one views the “I” in Romans 7:7-25. Specifically, the article will argue that the “I” in Romans 7 is Paul, and in verses 14-25 Paul is reflecting upon his post conversion experience. In addition, the article will maintain that a post conversion view of Romans 7:14-25 leads to a dual nature view of the believer. This view teaches that although the believer has a new nature that he received at conversion, his Adamic nature still exists within him and continues to tempt him to return to his former sinful lifestyle throughout the course of this life. Finally, the article will contend that viewing believers through the lenses of the dual nature view shapes one’s understanding of practical sanctification in several important ways.

Who Is The Speaker In Romans 7:7-25?

Three options for the speaker in Romans 7:7-25 have been proposed.1 First, some have proposed the theory of the Rhetorical “I”. According to this view, the pronoun “I” in Romans 7:7-25 serves as a literary device that depicts all of humanity. Thus, the “I” is not autobiographical but rather represents the experience of everyone. Second, others have proposed the theory of the Representative “I...

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