Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 8:3-4 (NLT)
3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Using the wrong tools can make a task extremely difficult, if not impossible. Like trying to mow a fifty acre piece of land with a cordless weed eater! It makes much more sense and is more effective to use a tractor. That was what it was like to try and live up to God’s righteous requirements on our own. This task was not only next to impossible, it was impossible. Paul states the reason for this is “weakness of our sinful nature.” What Paul here is referring to is “the psychological aspect of human nature which contrasts with the spiritual nature; in other words, that aspect of human nature which is characterized by or reflects typical human reasoning and desires in contrast with those aspects of human thought and behavior which relate to God and the spiritual life” (Louw and Nidda, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Symantic Domains). He is talking about that part of us that seeks our own pleasure rather than God’s will – sin! We have a tendency to think that our human nature cannot be overcome and that we are bound to follow its leading. As comedian Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine used to say “the Devil made me do it.” Well the truth is, no he didn’t, and rather we allowed him to influence our decision more than we listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what Paul is trying to say. We don’t have to listen to our sinful nature anymore once we come to Christ. God the Father sent Jesus to save us not only from our sins but also from ourselves. We don’t have to listen to our sinful nature any longer. We can instead be those “who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Isn’t it great to have choices!