Why is it that we who have died to sin continue sinning? These two passages have always been sort of puzzling to me, and Im wondering if Im the only one??
On the one hand Paul says:
"Rom 6:2 Of course not! How can we who died as far as sin is concerned go on living in it?
Rom 6:3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into union with Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore, through baptism we were buried with him into his death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too may live an entirely new life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have become united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Rom 6:6 We know that our old selves were crucified with him so that our sinful bodies might be rendered powerless and we might no longer be slaves to sin.
Rom 6:7 For the person who has died has been freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him"
Then in the next chapter he says:
Rom 7:15 I don't understand what I am doing. For I don't do what I want to do, but instead do what I hate.
Rom 7:16 Now if I do what I don't want to do, I agree that the law is good.
Rom 7:17 As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out.
Rom 7:19 For I don't do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don't want to do.
Rom 7:20 But if I do what I don't want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me.
Rom 7:21 So I find this to be a law: when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being,
Rom 7:23 but I see in my body a different law waging war with the law in my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body.
Rom 7:24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Rom 7:25 Thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
We are supposed to be dead to sin, yet we continue to sin, or more accurately put, --sin continues to live within us, --because he says: "I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me".
How do you understand this. Is this sort of a puzzler, or am I maybe making it more complicated than it need be? Its hard for me not to see contrasting verses (NOT contradictory) when chpt 6 seems to say that we are dead to sin, and yet chpt 7 grants that we continue to sin, --even though we are no longer, technically the agents of the sin. ??
That said, just in case I am misunderstood, I dont believe there are any contradictions in Bible --I am just not grasping what Paul is saying here.. and hence this post.. What do you think?