“14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.Chapter 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Humans wear sin like a skin. It contaminates everything we do. Apostle Paul is saying that we can’t help it. Literally. He isn’t making excuses for us. But he is saying that the Spirit in us (IF you truly have the Spirit of Christ within you) wishes to do better all the time- it loves the law, it loves perfection, it loves Jesus and wants to do all that is pleasing to God. However, your flesh just won’t obey. It is weak and defiled forever until you die. IT is sinning against your spirit, which belongs to Christ. Your two sides are at constant war!
Basically, he’s telling you not to worry- you are not condemned! Be joyful and thankful for that! Jesus voluntarily did something remarkable for you, for me and for every human being smart enough to accept his gift: he decided on his own to make a sacrifice for us all. He would come in the form of our flesh as a symbol of our sin. He would allow his flesh (which symbolized our collective sin) to be killed and let his blood be shed. His blood was shed symbolically as well, like the priests used to sacrifice lambs, calves and doves for sin and then, he would take his own, beautiful, perfect and sinless blood and he would offer it to God and say, “Father, forgive them all for my sake. Look, here is my body and here is my blood. I have offered myself as a sacrifice like a lamb to die for them all. I want you to now forgive them all for my sake. ” And because God loves Jesus so much for the love and compassion and mercy he has shown to all of us, whom God also loves, that He has agreed to forgive everyone whom Jesus chooses to forgive. He will also condemn all that Jesus chooses to condemn. He will never remember our sins again- because what Jesus did for us was so generous, so beautiful, so perfect, so self sacrificing- his blood cost more than any sheep, lamb or dove could ever cost- it cost the Son of God’s pain, misery, humiliation and life! It is more valuable than the entire universe. Nothing can match the blood of Jesus or the perfect love of his actions. Upon this one act alone, God will forgive everyone now and forever- the only thing required by God is that we HONOR his Son like we honor him. We must believe in his Son, have faith in his Son and call him Lord and Savior. This, is the New Deal that was made. The LAW was no longer how we are to be measured- thank God- because no one can do the LAW perfectly! If the LAW was the measure, Paul argues, then ALL OF US were doomed to hell. But Jesus came and ‘covered’ us with his blood. Our skin of sin no longer matters. His blood and his forgiveness frees us forever from worry and the guilt of what our flesh does. As long as our minds dwell in his Spirit that now lives in us because we have accepted his precious gift of salvation and call him Lord and Savior, then we are again ‘innocent’ of all our misdeeds. We are now righteous again and can approach our God directly like Adam and Eve once did. We can talk to him as they once did. We are restored to God again through this great, self sacrificing act of Jesus Christ, Son of God!
This is Grace, my friends. To sin and yet be called innocent and righteous. Don’t continue to walk in ignorance and weakness, Friends. Open your Bible and read. Only in this way can you be fully strengthened and armored against the enemy.