All your content will be saved and you can seamlessly switch devices. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, "You shall not covet," I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. and I went along without paying much attention to it. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? 7 Don’t you understand yet, dear Jewish brothers[a] in Christ, that when a person dies the law no longer holds him in its power? Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. Our Price: $26.99 Save: $13.00 (33%) Buy Now . If she lives with another man while her husband is living, she's obviously an adulteress. but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. I can will it, but I can't do it. Creating an account allows you to access more features and content such as: Reading the Bible is rewarding, and these plans make it easy! My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. 18  I realize that I don't have what it takes. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Jack Wellman December 4, 2019 at 8:35 am. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. 1-3 You shouldn’t have any trouble understanding this, friends, for you know all the ins and outs of the law—how it works and how its power touches only the living. 4-6 So, my friends, this is something like what has taken place with you. Didn’t the law cause my doom? Romans 7 The Message Bible << Romans 6 | Romans 7 | Romans 8 >> An Analogy from Marriage. 14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one's disapproval. For as long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. Then you came back to life again when Christ did and are a new person. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I'm full of myself - after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. 25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’re free to live a new life in the freedom of God. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. All rights reserved. I do, perfectly well. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Don't have an account? I do, perfectly well. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval. 17  But I need something more! The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. All around us we observe a pregnant creation. But it's not only around us; it's within us. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. 24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. 21 It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. Is there no one who can do anything for me? For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. 19  I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 2 For instance, a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies, she's free. 11  So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But if he dies, she is quite free to marry another man in good conscience, with no one’s disapproval. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, “You shall not covet,” I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it. 22  I truly delight in God's commands, 23  but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Don't have an account? Apart from the succinct, surgical command, "You shall not covet," I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it.