Romans Chapter 7
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
This chapter starts out by discussing the law, and how it could not stop sin. We all have sin living in our bodies, which leads to death. It says that we have been delivered from the law (by Jesus) and we should live our life through him and not the written Law.
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
It goes on to say that the law is not sin. It does however reveal sin. Without the law people can not know right from wrong.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. unto the law that it is good.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
The law is holy sent from God. It is not the law or Gods fault that we sin. Sin is just a part of who we are. No matter what we do, we can not stop sinning. That is why Jesus came to die on the cross. He knew human nature, we could never get to heaven on our own good works. Paul goes on to describe how he wrestles with sin. He hates it, but can't stop doing it. He says that it is not his will to commit sin, but sin that lives in him. He says, that in his mortal body dwells no good thing, and he can't figure out how to do good. I am the same way.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Paul delights in Gods law. He has though, another law living in him that wars against his mind. He is held captive by his own sin nature. He can not live the way he would like to, a way that would honor God.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 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.
Paul seems to throw his hands up in the air in disgust, over who his own flesh. He thanks Jesus for an escape from sin. He believed on Christ for his salvation, and keeps Gods law in his heart and mind. His flesh however will always serve the law of sin.
I hope this was a blessing to you, and thank you for reading my blog. I will leave you with the gospel of salvation.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: