There is no deliverance from its power but by death; but, blessed be God, we were crucified with Christ, and as new creatures we are under the rule of grace and. are not under the dominion of law.
Jesus is our husband, grace is the ruling principle of his house, and holiness is the fruit of the marriage. Glory be to God for this!
Romans 7:5, 6
Law provoked our old nature to rebel, grace impels the new nature to obey.
The evil in us resented the divine command, and so the holy law aroused the enmity of our nature, and we rushed on to death. This was not the fault of the law, but of our depraved hearts; yet so it was.
Such is our complex condition. We are new creatures, but the old man struggles within us to get the mastery.
Romans 7:16, 17
The new I sins not, but the old nature is sin, and remains what it always was.
law or rule
Romans 7:22, 23
This is the believers riddle, which only regenerate men can understand. Do we know what it means?
So that on the one hand he agonizes, and on the other hand he triumphs. Loathing sin and glorying in Christ are our daily experience. Groaning after holiness, and finding it in Jesus, we both sigh and sing, repent and rejoice, fight and conquer. This is not a past, but a present experience, and he is a true heir of heaven who feels it within.