For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
– Romans 7:18-19
I don’t know anyone that does not at some level identify with the struggle described here in Romans 7. We are compelled by the hardwiring of our conscience to live according to righteousness. But we are totally incapable of living in this righteous way. When we try to appease our own conscience, or the expectations of others, or a religious standard laid upon us, we fail utterly and miserably. We find ourselves crying out in agony with Paul, “O wretched man that I am!”
Never fail to realize, this is exactly the purpose of the Law of God, and even the law written upon our hearts in the form of our conscience. Paul writes previously in this chapter, “I would not have known sin except through the law.” The Law reveals our fallenness and forces us to seek deliverance. “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” That’s the right question.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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