Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 7:23-25 (NLT)
23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
25 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.
In this chapter, Paul is talking about a daily struggle that all Christians deal with – the struggle of the will, the mind and the power of sin. Everyday we deal with this inner struggle where we want to do what is right and we want to please God. The problem is that we have a fallen nature that wants to do the exact opposite. Our sinful nature wants gratify our sinful desires and do what is contrary to what God wants us to do. Paul is not just talking about the possibility of sinning, but rather about the impossibility of not sinning. Is Paul suggesting that we just give up? Not hardly! Paul’s writings, both later in Romans and in his other letters, suggest a Christian life that is one of victory through the power of the Holy Spirit. Although Paul never talks about a state of sinless perfection, he does suggest that we can have victory over sin in this life because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. What Paul is saying here is that on our own we do not have the power to overcome sin. However, he does say, “the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” And what is this answer? We will discover the answer in the next chapter. Stay tuned!