Romans 7:22-24 (NKJV)
22 For I delight in the law of God according to 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. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Who will deliver me from this body of death? It’s this question that Paul asks that we and the world need to “wake up” too. No one but Christ can deliver us from sin or its wages. We may love the Lord and want to do right, but without Christ, there is no right within us. Our righteousness only comes from God; Paul calls this the “inward man”. Some suggest that we can overcome sin with “will power “. I’m sure you have heard or even have said “just stop” drinking that or looking at this or stop going there or buying that.
If it was only that simple, this is what Paul was saying about being brought into captivity to the law of sin? I tell you the truth as long as we have the old nature, we can never free ourselves from sin. Only when we have a new nature can we escape. Only when we die to sin and are born again can we be free from sin.
Only when we are saved are we freed from the wages of sin and free from following our old nature. Now the righteousness of Christ dwells within us and will deliver me and you from this body of death.
May God continue to bless you as we grow in Christ.