According to Paul sin is a thing (Noun) within you but that it is not YOU, but when followed it becomes a willful action (Verb) YOU allow.
“But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.” Romans 7:23
You see sin is not YOU and it is not your BODY so stop being so hard on both, it is a force that resides within your Body which grows in power as you focus on it. I want you to see the triangle here Body, Soul, Sin, this is for lack of a better word a trinity of the fall of Mankind. These three need to cooperate in order for sin to take shape and be expressed into the world in all its manifested forms.
We see here also a kind of circle of life where I sin and then feel bad because the Law convicts me and then demands that I be perfect.
For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, You shall not covet. 8 And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead. Romans 7:7-8
So the Law although True and Good becomes nothing more than the nagging friend who always says “I told you so.” Paul teaches that in fact the Law can not help in getting you out of this four cornered “Gotcha BOX” of LAW, SOUL, BODY and SIN.
At best you go down the
“I promise not to do that again”
“Whats the use I’ll never change”
“Lets eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die”
The Oaths the Law produces as Jesus teaches are for spiritual imposters and hopeless people. You see the Law was put into effect because of the sin, but it has no power to help, so it in fact becomes part of the problem.
Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me. Romans 7:9-10
So you might ask what must I do Pastor to get past this dilema?
Ok here we go, you have to add two things in your life, in order to replace SIN and LAW. Not that they are going anywhere in this life, but they don’t deserve the attention of your life energy.
Let me let you in on a little secret YOU are not a SINNER!