We truly live in a world gone mad. In every corner and in every category, chaos reigns. One of the reasons for the chaos that rules the world is people’s unwillingness to take responsibility for their behaviors. While it is extremely prevalent in our culture, it is not a new problem.
It was first reported when Adam, caught in sin, spoke those unforgettable words, “The WOMAN YOU gave me made me sin!” Since that time passing the buck has been and still is the way we deal with our shortcomings.
Paul did a noble thing in Romans 7, He called himself out. I know what the law is, but I cannot do what I am supposed to and flourish in doing the things I am not supposed to do. The sin inside of me rules all! Poor Paul!
Well, that has not changed as we have passed through the ages. We still do everything we are not supposed to do and nothing that we are supposed to do. Oh, sure we have moments that we shine, but, our hearts are always looking for opportunities to do it “our way” and leave God out of it.
Paul is simply helping the Romans to understand it is all our struggle, because we are subject to our own human sinful nature. We cannot blame the rules for our nature. Neither can we ever hope to live in a way that those rules will bring us redemption. We must trust the Lord to provide the redemption we need. We are unable to provide it for ourselves. This is the central truth behind salvation by faith in Christ. Paul is encouraging us to quit trying to do life by ourselves or for ourselves. Seek God, follow Him, and allow Him to give you the salvation and redemption you so dearly need.
God Bless You
13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 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[d] a slave to the law of sin.