Chapter CONTEXT from MHCC: We may observe in this chapter, I. Our freedom from the law further urged as an argument to press upon us sanctification (v. 1-6). II. The excellency and usefulness of the law asserted and proved from the apostle’s own experience, notwithstanding (v. 7-14). III. A description of the conflict between grace and corruption in the heart (v. 14, 15, to the end).
Excerpt from: Verses 14-25
Here is a description of the conflict between grace and corruption in the heart, between the law of God and the law of sin. And it is applicable two ways:—1. To the struggles that are in a convinced soul, but yet unregenerate, in the person of whom it is supposed, by some, that Paul speaks. 2. To the struggles that are in a renewed sanctified soul, but yet in a state of imperfection; as other apprehend. And a great controversy there is of which of these we are to understand the apostle here. So far does the evil prevail here, when he speaks of one sold under sin, doing it, not performing that which is good, that it seems difficult to apply it to the regenerate, who are described to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; and yet so far does the good prevail in hating sin, consenting to the law, delighting in it, serving the law of God with the mind, that it is more difficult to apply it to the unregenerate that are dead in trespasses and sins.
Anyone that declares they have conquered sin is declaring that they are equal to God! Let that sink in a moment. Only Christ Jesus was sinless, otherwise, His sacrifice at Calvary was useless, a waste of effort, humanity, and time.
Likewise, the Bible makes clear that redeemed men will always struggle with sin. here in today’s GTY devotional, we read Paul’s account of such a struggle:
The Believer and Indwelling Sin
“For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me” (Romans 7:14-17).
Believers have been freed from sin’s power, but not from its presence.