Romans 7:14-16 ——– For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
In the above scripture, Paul distinguishes the “real me” from the “sin living in me”. He seems to be saying that the “real me” is the person in Christ. That is who we really are. This is why he can say that there is no condemnation for people in Christ. Whatever bad we do is blamed on the sin within us, not on the new person we are in Christ.
Being freed from sin and obeying righteousness is not automatic — it involves a struggle. There is the old person, in the sphere of sin, and there is the new person in Christ. The new person is enslaved to Christ, but the old person is still enslaved to sin, and they are both competing for our attention.
For legal authority, the old person is dead. The law, sin and death no longer have authority over us. But in terms of Christian life, the sinful nature still has its desires, and we should resist it. The struggle is real. The good comes from the new nature, the bad comes from the old, and the Christian life involves fighting against the old. We can fight this only through the Word of God.
We all want to obey God but we do not all end up obeying God. We find we disobey Him all the time. For example, we may want to set aside time every morning to pray but find it hard to wake up early and do not end up doing so.
Romans 7:17—– But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
From the day of Adam’s disobedience, every child born in this world has the sin nature in them. Paul is a saint, but he’s not sinless. He wants to do good, but he sometimes sins. The sin within him is hijacking him, making him do things he wouldn’t otherwise do. The reality, he says, is that all his sins are blamed on this hostile power within him.
It is the same with us. Our spirit wars against our mind and body, which has been hijacked by sin. Although we want to do good, the evil within us sometimes causes us to do things that we hate.
It’s a lifelong struggle, but the victory is sure, thanks to God and to the power in His Word!
THE JESUS INSIDE ME IS STRONGER THAN THE DARKNESS THAT THREATENS TO OVERTAKE ME.