Problem #1: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; But how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Problem #2: “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.”
Question: Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Making the Case for Sin:
Every person is confronted with the same problems regarding temptation. The flesh desires to commit wrongful acts that the spiritual makeup know should not be done; as the author notes “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
We know that the acts we contemplate on to commit, are wrongful, but our mind is unable to overpower the desire of the flesh. Once again, the author makes the case for sin by stating, ” Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
Understanding the cause of the problem and confessing our weakness, begins with getting power over our mind, through the works of the spiritual part of us. The author’s solution is the answer to the question:
“Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 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.”
The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us. When we stay in prayer to God on a daily basis, we become stronger and is able to resist committing wrongful acts; the spiritual strength we receive guides our mind, with righteous thoughts, that will enable us to resist temptation.
Scripture: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
A Stronger and Better Person
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Written by_ Ellen Jean Barrier
Source of quotes: King James Bible (Romans 7 chapter)