3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:7–9 (NASB95)
7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
In my previous blog, I talked about the fact that our human nature is not sinful, but it is weak. This is such an important distinction in understanding the great truths expressed in Romans 6-8. As those who are no longer slaves to sin, we no longer have to do sin’s bidding, but we are also too weak in our humanness to produce anything truly good or righteous. Then what’s the answer? When I first tackled these issues, it felt the same as the first time I saw a Rubik’s cube: utterly at a loss and ready to give up before I even begin. In fact, that is still how I feel every time I look at a Rubik’s cube! But it is no longer how I feel when looking at our human weakness. The answer is simple: if we are too weak to produce anything good in ourselves, tap into the power that we need: the Holy Spirit.