Our Sin Nature Is Not Dead
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 7:14 “For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold
The Law comes from God, who is Spirit, and requires spiritual power to obey, but Paul knew he was, in and of himself, carnal. This means the flesh heavily swayed him. He had zero spiritual power in his own self.
“Sold under sin” means he in his old nature was entirely submissive to loving sin. Our flesh, by nature, is “sold under sin”. Of ourselves, it is impossible to fulfill the Law’s requirements. Our minds, hearts, and actions are too heavily influenced by the old nature.
When we are born again, a new life with new desires is planted within us, but there remains inside us an old principle that is contrary to God’s will. It attacks our every effort to please God.
In everything we do, the old nature has a voice. It is a beachhead from which sin continually annoys, taunts, seduces, and hinders all of our being. Temptations are always being exerted against us that we cannot overcome on our own.
This is the downfall of many new Christians. Young converts often become discouraged because they do not realize their old nature remains within. They think conversion results in immediate victory over all sin. If they yield to a temptation, they are shocked, doubt their conversion, and often