“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:18-20
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, we all became sinners. We blame them sometimes for their sin and disobedience, but if it had not been them it would have been someone else. This was God’s plan for His creation. He knew that Adam and Eve were going to sin. God has a plan. There are no surprises with God. He knows the future.
Paul was a sinner just like we all are. Paul’s problem was not the lack of desire; he wanted to do what was right. His problem was not lack of knowledge; he knew what the right thing to do was. His problem was the lack of power. He lacked power because the law provides no power. The law says, here are the rules and you better keep them. But it gives us no power for keeping them. Paul is not denying his responsibility as a sinner. He recognizes that as a he sins; he acts against his nature as a new man in Jesus Christ. A Christian must own up to his sin, yet realize that the impulse to sin does not come from who we really are in Jesus Christ. Anyone who tries to do good is aware of this struggle. We never know how hard it is to stop sinning until we try. No man knows how bad he is until he tries to be good.